Anagha Tambe.

Department of Women and Gender Studies,
Savitribai Phule Pune University.


Anagha Tambe is Assistant Professor and Head of KSP Women’s Studies Centre, Savitribai Phule Pune University, India. Her broad areas of research and publication include inequalities and democracy in higher education, genealogy of Women’s Studies in India, and gender, caste and sexual labour. She has been a recipient of Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Scholarship, 2018-19 for her research on folk culture and hereditary performance labour of lower caste women in contemporary India. In the last ten years, she has been a part of several research studies investigating complexities and elusiveness of social inequalities in higher education. She has completed a research project, ‘Inclusive Universities: Linking Equity, Diversity and Excellence for the 21st Century’, supported under US-Indo Initiative during 2013-2017 in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This is the first campus climate study of an Indian university mapping diversity in higher education and its implications for the learning environment of the campus. She has also studied higher educational success and social mobility, educational attainment and challenges amongst de-notified and nomadic tribes in Maharashtra, paradox of gender inclusion in higher education in India, and (hyper)visible ‘women’/invisible (dalit) women in Indian universities. Anagha is engaged in designing and teaching courses and developing critical bilingual pedagogies in Women’s Studies. She has edited, translated and written many teaching learning resources in women’s studies, especially in the Indian language Marathi. She has also been a part of institutional initiatives to promote inclusion and reimagine higher education such as developing open knowledge resources in Indian languages in women’s/gender studies, investigating teaching/learning of women’s studies in contemporary India, building teaching and research capacity in women’s studies. She was General Secretary of Indian Association for Women’s Studies, the national level professional body for Women’s Studies in India (2017-2020).