Sunil Bhatia

Sunil Bhatia

Professor of Human Development
Chair of the Human Development Department

Joined Connecticut College: 1999

B.A., M.A., University of Pune, India
M.Ed., Ph.D., Clark University


Racial, ethnic and migrant identity in global and transnational cultures

Cultural psychology and narrative theory

Ethnography and qualitative methods

Sunil Bhatia is an internationally known professor in the field of psychology and human development. He specializes in understanding the development of self and identity within the context of racism, migration, globalization and formation of transnational diasporas.

He teaches courses such as, “Globalization and Cultural Identity,” "Media, Self and Society” and “Racial and Ethnic Identity Development.” His publications include American Karma: Race, culture and identity in the Indian diaspora (2007, New York University Press) and Decolonizing Psychology: Globalization, Social Justice and Indian Youth Identities (2018, Oxford University press), which received the 2018 William James Book Award from the American Psychological Association. This highly prestigious award honors a recent book that brings together diverse subfields of psychology and related disciplines.

Bhatia has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on issues related to transnational migration, identity and cultural psychology in journals including American Psychologist, Human Development, and Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and serves on the editorial board of Qualitative Psychology and History of Psychology.

Bhatia has received numerous awards including Connecticut College's 2018 Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Research Award; the American Psychological Association's 2015 International Humanitarian Award; and 2017 Theodore Sarbin Award for distinguished contributions to psychology. In 2011, Campus Compact selected Bhatia as a runner-up for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, which recognizes faculty for leadership in advancing students’ civic learning. In 2007, Bhatia received a Community Service Award from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. In 2001, the students of Unity House awarded Bhatia the Tyrone Ferdnance Award for excellence in teaching and community service. 

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Sunil Bhatia
Connecticut College
Box #5474
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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