Swati Palanivelu Vijaya

Swati Palanivelu Vijaya

Swati Palanivelu Vijaya

Ph.D. Candidate


Areas of Expertise

  • Sexuality and Social Justice
  • Transnational Feminism
  • Urban Studies
  • Feminist and Queer Geography
  • Caste in South Asia


  • M.A. Women's Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), 2014
  • B.A. Political Science (Hons.), Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, 2012
Swati Vijaya is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at OSU. Situating queer sociality as an integral aspect of transforming spatial relations in urban India, Swati’s dissertation interrogates how caste and class hierarchies determine young queer women’s experience of seeking togetherness in Mumbai.

Swati has taught undergraduate courses such as 'Gender, Sex and Power', 'Sexuality and Citizenship' and 'Reading Women Writers' as a Graduate Teaching Associate in the department. In addition to her academic engagements, she has also worked with advocacy and non-profit organizations in India. Swati strongly believes in the symbiosis between feminist activism and scholarship, and intends to make credible contributions to both these spheres.