PositionKrishnan Sneha

Tutorial Fellow, Brasenose College
Associate Professor, School of Geography and the Environment


BA (University of Madras)

MSc (Oxford), DPhil (Oxford)

Academic Background and Previous Positions

Sneha Krishnan is Associate Professor in Human Geography and Tutorial Fellow at Brasenose College. She comes to this position from a Junior Research Fellowship in Human Geography at St John's College, Oxford (2015 - 2018). Sneha did all her graduate work at Oxford (2015) and her undergraduate degree at the University of Madras in India (2009).

Undergraduate Teaching Areas

Sneha lectures on core courses for the Preliminary Examinations and Final Honours School, in addition to teaching tutorials across the entire breadth of the curriculum at Brasenose. In 2019-2020, Sneha will offer an undergraduate option on Childhood and Youth in the Global South.

Graduate Teaching Areas

Sneha welcomes enquiries from graduate students with interests in the following broadly-defined fields: feminist/queer studies, geographies of race, gender and sexuality, geo- and biopolitics, childhood and youth, colonial and postcolonial geographies, South Asia.

Research Interests

As a cultural and historical geographer, Sneha is interested in gender, childhood and the intersections of bio- and geopolitics in postcolonial contexts. Her doctoral research used ethnographic and historical research to focus on the spatialities of risk and safety in the lives of young middle-class women in the South Indian city of Chennai. Building on this, her monograph-in-progress examines hostels for women in historical context as sites where imperial logics endure into the postcolonial present.

In new work, Sneha builds on these interests to explore three inter-related themes. In two collaborations on childhood and feminist geopolitics, Sneha's work examines the territorial and demographic discourses that undergird constructions of childhood and youth in the Global South. A second project examines the gendered spatialities of suicide in India, specifically focusing on the historicity of 'youth suicide' as a site where territorial imaginaries and biopolitical concerns converge. A third methodological collaboration focuses on gender and digitized archives, with the goal both of creating a digital archive of women's materials from South Asia, as well as of building debate in feminist interdisciplinary studies on the spatiality of digital knowledge production


Edited Collections

Forthcoming, ‘Young People as Agents of Decolonization’, special issue of Antipode [co-edited with Mabel Gergan, Sara Smith and Stephen Young].

2017, ‘Urban Emotions: Responses to the South Asian City, c. 1850 – 1950’, special issue of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 27, no. 4. [co-edited with Megan Robb and Elizabeth Chatterjee].

Journal Articles

2019, Killing Us Slowly: Pre-Empting Suicide at a Women’s Hostel in Chennai, Antipode (In Press).

2019, ‘Clubbing in the Afternoon: Worlding the City as a College-Girl in Chennai’, City, Culture and Society (In Press).

2019, ‘Speaking from Other Demonic Bases of Partiality’, Dialogues in Human Geography, 9(2): 154-157.

2017, ‘Anxious Notes on College Life: The Gossipy Journals of Eleanor McDougall’. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 27(4), pp.575-589.

2017, ‘Feeling Modern: The History of Emotions in Urban South Asia’. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 27(4), pp.539-557 [with Megan Robb and Elizabeth Chatterjee].

2016, ‘Agency, intimacy, and rape jokes: an ethnographic study of young women and sexual risk in Chennai’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 22(1), pp.67-83.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming, ‘Dreaming of Addis Ababa: In the Afterlives of Inter-War Christian Internationalism’ in Kumarini Silva and Margaret Franz (eds.), Migration, Identity, and Belonging: Defining Borders and Boundaries of the Homeland, New York: Routledge.

2018, ‘Style-ish Girls and Local Boys: Young Women and Fashion in Chennai’ in Lewis, R. Begum, L. and Dasgupta, R. (eds.), Styling South Asian Youth Cultures: Fashion, Media and Society, London: IB Tauris [in press].

2018, ‘Bitch don’t be a lesbian: Selfies, Selves and Same-Sex Desire’ in Dasgupta, R. and Dasgupta, D. (eds.), Queering Digital India: Activisms, Identities, Subjectivities. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 151 - 164.

‘Responding to Rape: Feminism and Young Middle-Class Women in India’. In Alston, M. (ed.) Women, Political Struggles and Gender Equality in South Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 19-32.

Encyclopaedia Entries

Forthcoming, ‘Children/Childhood’ in Kobayashi, A (ed.) The International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, London: Elsevier (second edition).

Other Papers

2018, ‘Doing Nothing: Gender, Respectability and Playing with Time’, Voices: Journal of the Association for Feminist Anthropology, 13 (1), pp. 62 - 73.

2017, ‘Tension’. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 40(2), pp.404-406 [with Nandini Gooptu].


‘Gay but not Homosexual: Issue in Focus - Gender, Sexuality and Performance’, In Plainspeak: A Digital Magazine on Sexuality in the Global South (September 1, 2018).

‘Consigned by Caste’, Review of Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India by Sujatha Gidla for Lekh Review of Books (21 May 2018)

‘The Labour Party’s Modi Problem: Ahead of the Indian Prime Minister’s Visit’, Oxford Left Review (November 13, 2015).


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