Deepti Chatti

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with a graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
M.Phil. Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
M.S. Stanford University, Environmental Engineering and Science
B.E. Osmania University, Civil Engineering

Deepti Chatti is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and affiliate faculty at the Schatz Energy Research Center. Deepti is an interdisciplinary scholar of the environment whose research sits at the intersection of political ecology, environmental justice, feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies, energy geographies, and South Asian studies. Her current research analyzes development efforts to expand energy access to low income families in rural India. This project focused on “clean cooking” household energy transitions which attempt to abolish the ubiquitous mud stove (mitti ka chulha) from the kitchens of rural India for a variety of health, environmental, and social reasons. This research is based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in the Indian Himalayas. Deepti’s current work centers the politics of knowledge production in trans-national environmental and development research. For several years she has been ethnographically studying a randomized control trial unfolding in two states in India that attempts to generate knowledge about poverty and climate change through field-based experiments. Deepti draws on her interdisciplinary training in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and engineering to understand the socio-cultural and political dimensions of global environmental change.

Areas of Interest: 

Political ecology, enviromental anthropology, feminist and postcolonial science and technology studies, energy geography, energy access, sustainable development, environmental justice, South Asia.

Courses Taught: 
ENST 295: Power, Privilege, and the Environment
ENST 395: Environmental Studies Research and Analysis
ENST 480: Energy Justice
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