Premilla Nadasen is a professor of history at Barnard College and a scholar-activist who writes and speaks on issues of race, gender, social policy and labor history. She is most interested in visions of social change, and the ways in which poor and working-class people, especially women of color, have fought for social justice. She has published extensively on the multiple meanings of feminism, alternative labor movements, and grass-roots community organizing.
In addition to her writing, Nadasen has been engaged with social justice work for many years, including anti-apartheid and anti-racist activism, labor rights, feminism, immigrant rights, and low-income women’s advocacy. For the past 10 years she has worked closely with the domestic workers’ rights movement. Nadasen bridges her scholarship and activism, striving to make her research accessible and relevant. She speaks on college campuses and to community and activist groups and has written for newspapers, blogs and magazines, including Ms. Magazine and the Progressive Media Project.
She is the author most recently of Household Workers Unite (Beacon 2015), a history of domestic worker activism in the post-war period.