Sunil Bhatia

Sunil Bhatia

Professor of Human Development
日本一本道a不卡免费Chair of the Human Development Department

Joined Connecticut College: 1999

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


日本一本道a不卡免费 ), that focuses on providing individual toilets in urban Indian slums and creating awareness about the physical and psychological suffering that families have to endure when they have to defecate in streets, bushes, or open gutters. Using his knowledge of qualitative and ethnographic methods, Sunil Bhatia has formed alliances with over a dozen community partners and NGOs in the U.S. and in his native city of Pune, India, to provide the urban poor with access to clean sanitation and private toilets. He has brought a taboo subject — open defecation— into the spotlight to show how lack of sanitation is connected to psychological constructs of privacy, dignity, humiliation, and safety.  

Bhatia has received numerous awards including Connecticut College's 2018 Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Research Award and the 2005 John King Excellence in Teaching Award; the American Psychological Association's 2015 International Humanitarian Award; and 2017 Theodore Sarbin Award for distinguished contributions to psychology. You can read his Nisbet Rash 2018 convocation address titled, Finding Magical Doors: Notes on Borders, Race, and Belonging, here and his 2006 John King Teaching Award address, Achievements and Awards: So What, Now What? .

In 2011, Campus Compact selected Bhatia as one of the four runners-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
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


123 Bolles House