Fall 2019 Speaker Series

September 12, 2019 - Dr. Andrea N. Baldwin

Assistant Professor Black Feminisms, Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies programs, Sociology Department, Virginia Tech

Caribbean Women and Reparatory Justice: Reclaiming, Rebuilding and Restoring Communities Through Migration

Andrea N. Baldwin is an Assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.  She is an attorney-at-law who also holds a MSc. in International trade policy and a PhD in Gender and Development Studies. Dr. Baldwin has several publications including her most recent work published last November entitled “Moving Forward and Looking Back: Transnational Feminist Spaces - Margins, Methods and Modalities”, in Outside In: Voices from the Margins of Academe.  Dr. Baldwin was born and raised on the small Caribbean island state of Barbados and considers herself an all-around Caribbean woman who loves everything coconut and soca.


October 17, 2019 - Dr. Bikrum Singh Gill

Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Core faculty, Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) at Virginia Tech.

Indigeneity in Exile: The significance of food sovereignty for displaced Palestinians 

Bikrum Singh Gill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Core Faculty, Alliance for Social Political, Ethical and Cultural Thought.  His research interests are generally situated at the intersection of international political economy, political ecology, agrarian studies, decolonial studies, critical race theory, and global history. Dr. Gill has published on the impacts of the global food system on indigenous peoples, including an article titled “Can the River Speak? Epistemological Confrontation in the Rise and Fall of the Land Grab in Gambella, Ethiopia” in the journal Environment and Planning ‘A.’  In addition to ongoing research on the intersection of colonialism and the climate crisis, Dr. Gill is currently part of a SSHRC funded documentary film project titled Four Stories on Food Sovereignty.


November 14, 2019 - Pallavi Raonka

Pallavi Raonka is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech.

Munda, Land, and Gender- Understanding Indigeneity in the Neoliberal Jharkhand, India

Pallavi Raonka is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology. Her research interests are resource extraction, land-grabbing, indigenous communities, peasant livelihoods, gender, development and social movements in India. She has also been engaging in advocacy work on the issues related to food security with several subaltern grassroots groups specifically, Adivasi and Dalit communities in rural India.  Her Ph.D. dissertation analyzes forms of resistance engaged in by Adivasis in response to corporate land grabs, specifically in conflict-hit states of India and the red corridor, specifically Jharkhand. Before joining Virginia Tech, she graduated with a Master in Rural Development from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.  


Discussion Series Details: Unless otherwise noted, the WGD Discussion Series is held on Thursdays in the Multipurpose Room of the Newman Library on the First Floor (Room 101), Blacksburg, VA - from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. 

Please note: The dates for the next Women and Gender in Development Conference 2021 are February 25, 2021- February 26, 2021 (more information forthcoming).