American Studies

Sharmila Rudrappa

Affiliate FacultyPh.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Professor
Sharmila Rudrappa



Indian information techonology, globilization, enthnography, cultural politics of assisted reproductive technologies in India




Forthcoming. Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India. New York University Press.

 Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and the Cultures of Citizenship. Rutgers University Press. 2004



2016    “What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Consuming Parenthood Through Surrogacy in India,” special issue titled "Intimate Industries: Restructuring (Im)Material Labor in Asia," positions: asia critique 24 (1). Edited by Rhacel Parrenas, Rachel Silvey, and Hung Cam Thai. 

2014    “From Sweatshops to Intimate Labor: Employment Strategies Among Surrogate Mothers in Bangalore, India,” (translated to French) for a special issue on reproductive technologies in Les Cahiers du Genre. Biotechonologies et Travail reproducif. Une Perspective Transnationale. Vol. 56, 2014: 59-86). Edited by Ilana Lowy, Virginie Rozee, and Lawrence Tain.

2012    “Working India’s Reproductive Assembly Line: Surrogacy and Reproductive Rights?” Western Humanities Review. Vol. 66 (3): 77-101.

2012    “India’s Reproductive Assembly Line.” Contexts. Spring 2012; Vol. 11 (2): 22-27.

* Revised version translated into Kannada and re-printed in Prajavani, the largest circulating weekly in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. 2013.

* Translated to German and reprinted in Utne Reader, Fall 2014.

* Reprinted in Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings. Edited by Carole Joffe and Jennifer Reich. Routledge: New York, 2015.

2010    “Outsourcing Labor: Transnational Surrogacy in India.” Research in the Sociology of Work, Volume title, “Gender and Sexuality in the Workplace.” Edited by Christine Williams and Kirsten Dellinger. Vol 20. 

* Reprinted in Outsourcing Life: Globalization and Transnational Surrogacy in India, co-edited by Shamita Das Dasgupta and Sayantani DasGupta, Lexington Books. 2014.

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