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Asst Prof Monamie Bhadra Haines
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences
Monamie Bhadra Haines is an Assistant Professor of Global Science, Technology, and Society (STS). She is committed to understanding the political and cultural implications of energy transitions in the developing world, specifically contexts in Asia.

Her current book project, Democratic Reactors: Nuclear Power, Activism, and Experiments with Credibility in India examines how diverse Indian polities have resisted and accommodated different manifestations of nuclear energy into their existing culture, politics, and environment from the 1960s to the present, with the aim of understanding the different practices and imaginaries of Indian democracy. The book interrogates how elite, urban activists practice Gandhian activism in the anti-nuclear context across different domains, and how they attempt to bring Gandhian subjectivities into being. She has advanced related arguments about the relationship between science and democracy in India in articles in Social Studies of Science; Science as Culture; Engaging Science, Technology and Society; and the Journal of Responsible Innovation (forthcoming). She has also written for broader audiences in New Mandala: New Perspectives on Southeast Asia, Academia SG, the The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

Monamie's next major projects continue her interest in issues of energy and society.She will comparatively investigate how public-private partnerships in development communities are creating energy solutions and new markets in contexts of humanitarian crises, such as refugee camps in Bangladesh, Jordan and Uganda. She will examine how power is centralized, vulnerabilities are reproduced, and how alternative futures are made possible through the technologies of financialization and surveillance embedded in renewable energy systems for the poor.

Even with interests the politics of energy, Prof Monamie's interests at the intersections of science, technology and society are broad and cross-disciplinary, as evidenced by her academic degrees in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences (STS). Her other projects include the political implications of wastewater surveillance in Singapore (with whom she is collaborating with wastewater monitoring scientists and engineers), as well as of contact tracing apps, with a focus on low-income migrant communities.

Prof Monamie teaches the Sociology core class, Contemporary Social Theory for undergraduates (HS3002) and graduates (HS7002), as well as an upper-level STS class, Terraformations: Technology, Culture and Nature in a Globalizing World (HS4037). She will be teaching Gender, Race and Technology in 2021.

Her research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies as well as the American Institute of Indian Studies through the University of Chicago. Monamie was awarded the Nicholas C. Mullins Award of 2016 for best graduate student paper from the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S).

Monamie received her PhD and Masters degree in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology from Arizona State University, and her Bachelors of Arts in English and Bachelor of Science (honours) in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Selected Publications (available at Researchgate:

Monamie Bhadra Haines and Sreela Sarkar (2020). "Sticks, Stones and the Secural Bones of Indian Democracy." Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. 6:133-141
Monamie Bhadra Haines (2019). "Contested Credibility Economies of Nuclear Power in India." Social Studies of Science. 49(1): 29-51.
Monamie Bhadra (2013). "Fighting Nuclear Energy, Fighting for India's Democracy." Science as Culture. 22(2): 238-246.
Monamie Bhadra (2012). "India's Nuclear Power Problem." The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. 5: 71-81.
My cross-disciplinary homes include: science and technology studies; postcolonial studies; political theory; energy policy

The primary areas I am interested include: the relationship between science and democracy; liberal and illiberal democratization; social movements; the politics of risk and uncertainty; energy transitions; renewable energy; nuclear power; solar power; humanitarian crisis; refugees; migration.

Secondary areas of interest include: disaster studies; science fiction; human-animal relationships.

Prof Bhadra welcomes applications from undergraduate and PhD students interested in developing projects in STS.
  • Fintech-Enabled Solar Power Platforms in Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Integrating Regulatory and Migrant Perspectives of Sewage Surveillance in Singapore
  • Sewage-based surveillance for rapid outbreak detection and intervention in Singapore
  • Sewage-based surveillance for rapid outbreak detection and intervention in Singapore (SSS)
  • The political implications of green energy entrepreneurship:comparing decentralized solar energy development in India and Bangladesh