Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urmitapa Dutta is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her program of research examines different forms of violence–direct, structural, and symbolic–along with the development of community-based interventions to address such violence. Currently, Urmitapa is involved in a community-based project to address protracted ethnic conflict in Northeast India and youth-driven interventions to address community violence in Lowell. She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective on the theme, “Structural Violence and Community-based Research and Action.” Urmitapa is also the 2016-17 President-Elect of APA’s Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence.
As a CWW Associate, Urmitapa’s research focuses on the intersections of gender, identity politics, and ethnic conflict in the Garo Hills. An overarching discourse of masculinity and heteronormativity characterizes ethnic violence in Northeast India and the Indian military response to it. Urmitapa’s project examines how Garo women understand, experience, and resist ethnic conflict. She interrogates the systems of matriliny and patriarchy as they are implicated in the everyday lives of Garo women. This research tries to address the absence of women’s voices from the discourses of ethnic conflict in the Garo Hills. Along with CWW associates Jenifer Whitten-Woodring and Jana Sladkova, Urmitapa collaborates in building an interdisciplinary interest group on gender and violence.