I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. I teach Introduction to Sociology, Comparative and Transnational Sociology, and Sociology of South Asia.
I have a PhD in Sociology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my B.A. in Sociology from University of Pune and M.A. and M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. My prior work experience include the Department of Sociology at the University of Pune and the Department of Social and International Studies at Southern Polytechnic State University.
In the context of growing economic and political significance of emerging economies in Asia, my research critically engages with city-centric growth practices in India. Based on a case study of Mumbai, India's "global city," I have explored competing claims of urban development among diverse stakeholders in Mumbai (including planners, business associations, civic organizations, activists, and poor peoples’ movements). In doing this, my research problematizes taken-for-granted assumptions of growth and advocates for a broad-based inclusive development.
I have published articles in City and Community and Journal of Interdisciplinary Policy Research and Action.
My broad research and teaching interests include globalization, urban studies, development, social theory, qualitative methods, South Asia, and India. I have previously taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pune, Georgia State University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Southern Polytechnic State University.