Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Monamie Bhadra Haines

Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences

Asst Prof Monamie Bhadra Haines

Monamie Bhadra Haines is an Assistant Professor of Global Science, Technology, and Society (STS). She is committed to understanding the political and cultural implications of energy transitions in the developing world, specifically contexts in Asia.

Her current book, Gandhimentality: Morality, Credibility and Power in Indian Anti-Nuclear Activism, examines how diverse Indian polities have resisted and accommodated different manifestations of nuclear energy into their existing culture, politics, and environment from the 1960s to the present, with the aim of understanding the different practices and imaginaries of Indian democracy. The book interrogates how elite, urban activists practice Gandhian activism in the anti-nuclear context across different domains, and how they attempt to bring Gandhian subjectivities into being. She has advanced related arguments about the relationship between science and democracy in India in articles in Social Studies of Science; Science as Culture; and for a broader audience in the The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

Monamie's next projects continue her interest in issues of energy and society. In her next major project, she will comparatively investigate how public-private partnerships in development communities are creating energy solutions and new markets in contexts of humanitarian crises, such as refugee camps in Bangladesh, Jordan and Uganda. She will examine how power is centralized, vulnerabilities are reproduced, and how alternative futures are made possible through the technologies of financialization and surveillance embedded in renewable energy systems for the poor.

Even with interests the politics of energy, Prof Monamie's interests at the intersections of science, technology and society are broad and cross-disciplinary, as evidenced by her academic degrees in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences (STS). She is also currently working on smaller projects, namely: the analyses of cultural imaginaries of ecofeminism in climate fiction in South Korea and the United States; the relationship between humans and insects that are intended for extermination in entomology laboratories; and the sociology of waste in Singapore.

Prof Monamie teaches the Sociology core class, Contemporary Social Theory (HS3002), as well as an upper-level STS class, Terraformations: Technology, Culture and Nature in a Globalizing World (HS4037).

Her research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies as well as the American Institute of Indian Studies through the University of Chicago. Monamie was awarded the Nicholas C. Mullins Award of 2016 for best graduate student paper from the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S).

Monamie received her PhD and Masters degree in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University, and her Bachelors of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science (honours) in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Selected Publications:
Monamie Bhadra Haines (2019). "Contested Credibility Economies of Nuclear Power in India." Social Studies of Science. 49(1): 29-51.
Monamie Bhadra (2013). "Fighting Nuclear Energy, Fighting for India's Democracy." Science as Culture. 22(2): 238-246.
Monamie Bhadra (2012). "India's Nuclear Power Problem." The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. 5: 71-81.
Research Interests
My cross-disciplinary homes include: science and technology studies; postcolonial studies; political theory; energy policy

The primary areas I am interested include: the relationship between science and democracy; liberal and illiberal democratization; social movements; the politics of risk and uncertainty; energy transitions; renewable energy; nuclear power; solar power; humanitarian crisis; refugees; migration.

Secondary areas of interest include: disaster studies; science fiction; human-animal relationships.

Prof Bhadra welcomes applications from undergraduate and PhD students interested in developing projects in STS.
Current Projects
  • The political implications of green energy entrepreneurship: comparing decentralized solar energy development in India and Bangladesh
Selected Publications
  • Monamie Bhadra Haines. (2019). Developmental de(formities): Grassroots energy tourism and political economies of pity in India. Society for the Social Studies of Science conferenceSydney, Australia.
  • Monamie Bhadra Haines. (2019). Contested credibility economies of nuclear power in India. Social Studies of Science, 49(1), 29-51.

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