About Me

Chitra STPI lead three (interlinked) lives.

1. I am a journalist and writer who writes on climate change, conflict, feminism, foreign policy, migration, Nigeria and the wider Lake Chad region, race and  sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. I have written for The Guardian, New Humanist, New Internationalist, This is Africa and Ventures Africa and appeared on Sky News and the BBC World Service. She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak, a book of narratives I co-edited with Azeenarh Mohammed and Rafeeat Aliyu, is published by Cassava Republic Press in Nigeria, the UK and the USA. You can order it here. I am currently working on a book on the violent conflict in the Lake Chad Basin.

2. I do research and programmes and, over the past 15 years, have worked in China, Guinea, Liberia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom and the United States. Right now, I focus on civilian protection, conflict mitigation, climate security, human rights (particularly those of women and girls) and building peace. You can read about and download my research and publications here.

3. I am an activist involved in feminist, anti-racist, anti-fundamentalist and queer movements. My activism is directed towards linked liberation and aims to incorporate (*black) feminist, anti racist, anti-fundamentalist, post colonial, queer and socialist analyses. I recognise that we live in a world of interlocking hierarchies and oppressions and believe that it must be  part of our feminist mission to dismantle all of these. As a result, I seek to actively work to combat ableism, ageism, class privilege, heteronormativity, racism, sexism, discrimination against people with non normative sexual orientations and gender identities and all other forms of injustice and prejudice. I am on the editorial collective of Feminist Dissent, an academic journal focusing on gender and fundamentalism.

In addition to all that, I love diving, surfing and anything else in the water, hiking, and long distance bus and train journeys. I write here in a personal capacity.

Contact: @chitranagarajan or chitranagarajan[@]tuta.io

* A note on language: I use black in the political sense of the term. It denotes strength and solidarity in the shared past and continuing experiences of imperialism, slavery, resource extraction, inequality and power imbalance of all those descended (through one or both parents) from Africa, Asia (i.e. the Middle East to China, including the Pacific nations), Latin America, the original inhabitants of Australasia, North America and the islands of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. It does so while acknowledging and celebrating our difference and diversity and challenging intolerance and inequity within and between these groups.

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Chitra – I am a hydrogeologist working with the INGO WASH cluster members based in Maiduguri. My team and I have been formulating a groundwater monitoring strategy for North East Nigeria and researching potential large scale groundwater based engineering solutions that could be part of a peace negotiation process. I am interested to speak with you to understand how you see such actions fitting into the wider conflict resolution efforts you are researching so comprehensively. Please get in touch. Kind regards, Kim

  2. Hi Chitra,
    I saw you on Crisis Group’s discussion panel and thought you were exception. Do you have a Twitter account I can follow?

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