Dr. Ghadge’s journey at KSU
Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (specializing in Transnational Sociology) in 2013, Dr. Ravi Ghadge joined the Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU, now Kennesaw State University Marietta Campus) as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies in the unique Department of Social and International Studies—the only social science presence on campus. As the first Sociologist hired at SPSU, Dr. Ghadge’s primary responsibility involved developing the new sociology curriculum and managing a 4/4 teaching load. Post-consolidation in 2015, Dr. Ghadge joined the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice in the ‘new KSU’ as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and has been serving as the Sociology Program Coordinator since Fall 2019.
Dr. Ghadge’s research and teaching interests
Dr. Ghadge’s research and teaching interests include transnational studies, urban studies, social development, social theory, qualitative methods, South Asia, and India. In the context of growing economic and political significance of emerging economies in Asia, Dr. Ghadge’s primary research focuses on how development planning addresses social inequality. Empirically, he studies this through his research on urban development—a key problematic that seeks to balance high growth and reduction in poverty and inequality in Asia. In his case study, Shanghaization of Mumbai (India’s ‘global city’), Dr. Ghadge has 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, his research problematizes taken-for-granted assumptions of growth and advocates for broad-based inclusive development.
Dr. Ghadge extends this development critique in his recent research, where he explores the rural-urban dynamics of inclusive growth in India by examining the societal impact of the agrarian crisis in India through ethnographic and interview data. In his study Farmers’ Suicides and Agrarian Distress in Western Vidarbha, India, Dr. Ghadge tries to unravel the paradox of increasing farmers’ suicides in India amidst a period of unprecedented economic growth in the country through qualitative research in one of the most distressed regions in India. Dr. Ghadge is currently writing a manuscript based on this research, which he plans to publish in the Journal of Peasant Studies, a leading journal in the field of rural development.
Additionally, Dr. Ghadge’s interest in social inequality also extends to his research on diversity and inclusion. Dr. Ghadge is currently involved in an interdisciplinary research project Racial equality, are we feeling it? An interdisciplinary study examining the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and emotions. Employing a mixed methodology, the interdisciplinary team comprising of faculty and undergraduate students in psychology, sociology, and education explore the affective dimensions of racial experiences among the KSU students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the study is to improve the overall racial climate and student retention, progression, and wellbeing on campus.
Dr. Ghadge’s has published his interdisciplinary research in a variety of academic journals such as City and Community, Journal of Interdisciplinary Policy Research and Action, Workers of the World-International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflict, Journal of Global Initiatives, Handbook of Emerging 21st-Century Cities, and the Journal of Public and Professional Sociology.
Dr. Ghadge has previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pune, India, Georgia State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Southern Polytechnic State University. Dr. Ghadge currently teaches a wide array of sociology courses at KSU that include Introduction to Sociology, Professional Development for Sociology Students, Social Problems, Race and Ethnicity, Foundations of Social Theory, Research Methods, Transnational Sociology, and Sociology of South Asia.
In 2019, Dr. Ghadge was elected to serve as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Board of the Georgia Sociological Association.