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Rekha Datta, Ph.D.


Freed Endowed Chair in Social Sciences

Rekha Datta, Ph.D.

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Bey Hall, 249
Office Hours
  • Monday: 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday: 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Thursday: 11:30am-12:30pm
Courses this Semester
PS 222: Modern Political Thought
PS/GS 377: A Comparative Study of Women in the World
Regularly Taught Courses
FY 101 PS: First Year Seminar
PS 221: Early Political Thought
PS 222: Modern Political thought
PS 371: International Service Seminar - India
PS 373: Comparative Politics, Asia
PS/GS 377: A Comparative Study of Women in the World
PS 372: Democracy in South Asia
PS 389: Political Internship
PS 401: Political Science Seminar
PS 518: Theory, Policy, Ethics

Dr. Rekha Datta is Professor of Political Science. She joined Monmouth University in 1994. Dr. Datta received her undergraduate education at the prestigious Presidency University in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. After an M.A. in Political Science at the University of Calcutta, she received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Connecticut in 1990.

In 2017-18, Dr. Datta received a senior U.S. Scholar Fulbright grant, the Fulbright – Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award in Teaching & Research. While on her Fulbright visit to India, she served as Visiting Professor at the School of Government and Public Policy at the O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, Haryana and offered a seminar series in the M.A. in Public Policy program. She also presented lectures and seminars on gender discrimination and violence, human rights, gender and development, U.S.- India relations, and exchanged ideas on pedagogical and curriculum development at various universities and research centers throughout India. Dr. Datta’s research project was on global governance, NGOs, policies and culture in the battle against gender -based violence. She conducted field research in Haryana, India.

Known for her passion for teaching and pedagogic innovation in higher education, her work received national recognition in 2011 with the Outstanding Leader in Experiential Learning Award from the National Society for Experiential Learning (NSSE). She received the Global Visionary Award (2012) and Distinguished Teacher Award (2003) from Monmouth University. In 2004, she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Jersey Shore chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice. In 2005-06, she served as a Member of the Higher Education Transition Team for the Governor of New Jersey. She also served on the Committee on the Status of Representation and Diversity of the International Studies Association and is an affiliated faculty of the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Datta founded the Institute for Global Understanding at Monmouth University and facilitated partnerships with the United Nations-DPI (NGO), the United Nations Academic Impact, and Project BAM, a mentorship program with Asbury Park High School in New Jersey. She serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Jersey, and was formerly on the county Board of the American Association for University Women (AAUW) as the Public Policy Chair. In 2013, she founded Women and Girls’ Education (WAGE) International, a New Jersey based not for profit organization providing educational support for marginalized women and girls.

She has also demonstrated creativity and exceptional competence as department chair for 10 years (2000-2010) and at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Global Education Office at the University. As department chair, she provided leadership to establish the Monmouth University Polling Institute and related graduate program.

Research Interests

Empowerment of Women, Comparative Politics, India, Pakistan, Political Development, Human Security, United Nations

Dr. Datta's latest book, Contemporary India: The Basics, Routledge: New York, London (2017)

Dr. Datta’s latest book, Contemporary India: The Basics, Routledge: New York, London (2017)

  • Datta, Contemporary India: The Basics (New York, London: Routledge, 2017).
  • Datta, Beyond Realism: Human Security in India and Pakistan. Foreword by Paul Rich, President, Policy Studies Review. (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, Rowman Littlefield, 2008, 2010).
  • Datta and J. Kornberg, Ed. Women in Developing Countries: Assessing Strategies for Empowerment (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002).
  • Datta, Why Alliances Endure: The United States-Pakistan Alliance, 1954-1971 (New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 1994; Reprinted by Academic Publishers, 2000).


Scholarly Articles

Selected Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • “The Millennium Development Goals, Gender Equality, and Empowerment in India,” in Vincenzo Mele and Marina Vujnovic Ed. Globalizing Cultures: Theories, Paradigms, Actions, (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2015).
  • “Teaching the UN through Experiential Education,” UN Chronicle, Vol. L, #4, 2013.
  • “The United Nations, Peacekeeping and Development: Revisiting Western and Non–Western Norms of Conflict Resolution,” in Shantanu Chakrabarti Ed. Searching for Non–Western Roots of Conflict Resolution: Discourses, Norms, and Case Studies, (New Delhi: India: KW Publishers, 2013).
  • “India and the World,” Chapter in Politics in India, Ed. R. Chatterji (New Delhi: South Asian Publishers), 2009.
  • “Are Women Making a Difference? Assessing and Combating Violence Against Women in India and Pakistan,” Forum on Public Policy, Volume 1, Number 3, 2005
  •  “Cultivating Global Understanding Through Campus-Wide Learning Communities,” by Mullinix, B. Datta, Rekha & Saldov, Morris in M. L. Ouellett (Ed.) Teaching Inclusively: Essays on Course, Department and Institutional Diversity Initiatives, (Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press, 2005).
  • “Hum Honge Kamiyab (We Shall Overcome): Non-government Organizations, the State and Human Security in India,” in Ramesh Thakur and Oddney Wiggen. Ed. South Asia in the World: Problem Solving Perspectives on Security, Sustainable Development, and Good Governance, (United Nations: United Nations University Press, 2004).
  • “From Development to Empowerment: The Self-Employed Women’s Association in India, International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Volume 16, Number 3, Spring 2003.
  • “Women, State, and Development in India,” in R. Datta and J. Kornberg, Ed. Women in Developing Countries: Assessing Strategies for Empowerment (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002).
  • “On Their Own: Development Strategies of the Self-Employed Women’s Association in India.” Development, December 2000. Development, the Journal of the Society for International Development, is published by Sage Publications.
  • “Children’s Rights as Human Rights: A Study of Child Labor in India,” in Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel Ed. The New Millennium: Challenges and Strategies (Ashgate: 2000).
  • Chanda and R. Datta, “Policies and Strategies of International Organizations in Combating Child Labor in India: A Win-Win Analysis,” in Handbook of Global Economic Policy, Ed. By Stuart Nagel (New York: Marcel Dekker, 2000). Note: Also appears in Super-Optimizing Examples: Across Public Policy Problems, Ed. Stuart Nagel (Connecticut: Jai Press, 2000).
  • “Hindu Nationalism or Pragmatic Party Politics? A Study of India’s Hindu Party,” International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Volume 12, Number 4, summer 1999.
  • “Gender, Leadership, and Development: A Profile of Indira Gandhi,” A Leadership Journal: Women in Leadership—Sharing the Vision, Volume 3, Number 2, spring 1999.
  • “U.S. Security Policy in India and Pakistan and the Question of Nuclear Proliferation,” Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. XXI, No.2, winter 1998.
  • “Religion and Politics in Pakistan: An Experiment in State-Building,” R. Chatterji ed. Religion, Communalism and Politics: The South Asian Experience (New Delhi: South Asian Publishers, 1994).
  • Journal Article on gender-based violence in India (based on field research as part of Fulbright Grant).
  • Edited volume on migration, gender inequality and violence