Faculty, Outreach and Special Events Coordinator at Empire State College, SUNY
I am a New York-based professor, writer, human rights, labor and media activist. I have a Masters degree (in journalism) from Columbia University and a Ph.D. (in biology) from Southern Illinois University.
2007 – Present:Empire State College
Teaching New Media, English writing, Literature and Society, Immigration and Diversity, U.S. Labor History, as well as other classes to students at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, in New York City. I am the Center's Outreach and Special Events Coordinator.
2009-Present:Empire State College
Creating and Teaching workshop for organized labor; so far, I’ve taught more than 1500 union workers and leaders from IBEW Local 3. Current topic (for 2010): Economics for the Working People (with Lessons Learned from the Crisis).
2004-2006: Executive Director at New Jersey Immigration Policy Network
I had the privilege to be an important part of the statewide policy and advocacy work for immigrants of New Jersey. With colleagues, I revived the network from near-extinction, and built strong coalitions with local and national groups across the U.S. I also carried out successful media, government and foundation-outreaching.
2003-2004: Community Organizer at New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)
It was a precious experience to know and work with hundreds of friends and colleagues. Through our hard and dedicated work -- especially after the 9/11 terrorist attacks -- we were able to uplift lives of many underprivileged immigrant workers, families and children. At NICE, I was able to put in practice my many years of grassroots experience to work with people, government and media; also, my writing, speaking and research expertise was useful.
I taught numerous students at a remote, rural college under the University of Calcutta (Kolkata)
system. I built from scratch the college's department of botany and its laboratory and library. It was an important and memorable experience of my life.
Education: Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism
Honors and Awards: 2004: Emigrant Savings Bank Award and Proclamation presented by the NY City Council and Speaker.
2004: Independent Press Association Journalism Award for best column in ethnic media.
2000: Columbia University, Sevellon Brown Award for understanding history of American media.
1992: Dissertation Research Award, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
In the Belly of the Beast: Hindu Supremacist RSS and BJP of India – An Insider’s Story. Ajanta Books International, Delhi, India, 1998.
Straight Terror Warped Terror, Half Terror Full Terror. Ankur Publishers, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2005 (in Bengali).
Journal Publications (outside of science): A Matter of Extreme Cruelty: Bride Burning and Dowry Deaths in India. Injustice Studies, 1(1), 1997.
Quoted in (most recent list):
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/national/27immig.html?ex=1301115600&en=25218b161c93d6d8&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
New York Times: http://www.refuseandresist.org/detentions/art.php?aid=1247
Wikipedia (on Born Into Brothels insider story). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Born_into_Brothels
Wrote in (most recent list of non-journal articles):
Ground Zero: Build an All-Faith Peace Center. http://www.progressive.org/mpbanerjee082410.html
What Immigration Reform?. Siliconeer, June 2007. http://www.siliconeer.com/past_issues/2007/siliconeer_june_2007.html#Anchor--COV-47214
The Khaas Aadmi Budget. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?264559
"I highly recommend Dr. Partha as a writer, teacher and colleague. Talented, versatile and
reflective, Dr. Partha has that unique ability to enhance the lives of students, readers and everyone
else who has the privilege of knowing him."
— Nancy Rubin Stuart, Instructor, SUNY, Empire State College, worked directly with Dr. Banerjee at
Empire State College, SUNY
"Dr. Banerjee is one of the leading immigrant advocates in the South Asian community. I have
known him for about six years, and his subject matter expertise and passion for social justice is
really inspiring. An inquisite mind, Dr. Banerjee is eloquent, precise, and knowledgeable. He is most