Faculty Profile


Prof. Rukmini Sen

  • Affiliation

    School of Heritage Research & Management

    Outreach and Extension Division,

    Centre for Publishing,

    School of Liberal Studies

  • Email rukmini[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in


  • PhD Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 2008

"Title of PhD thesis: Gendered Construction of Culture of Silence/Insignificant Articulation"

  • MA Sociology, Centre for Studies in Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 2000
  • BA Sociology, Presidency College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, 1998

Past Experience

  • Assistant Professor at WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkta 2002-2009
  • Junior Fellow at Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi January 2010-January 2011
  • Assistant Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi 2011-2015
  •  Associate Professor, School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi 2015-2018

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Sociology of Law
  • Sociology of Kinship and Intimacy
  • Feminist Pedagogy and Jurisprudence
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Disability Studies

Courses Taught at AUD:

  • Faith, Religion and Society (MA Sociology)
  • Gender and Society (SUS)
  • Politics, Law and Society (SUS)
  • Indian Society: Contradictions, Complexity and Paradoxes (SUS)
  • Culture, Hierarchy and Difference (MA Sociology)
  • Relationships and Affinities (MA Sociology)
  • Law and Society (MA Sociology)
  • Violence: Feminist Resistance and Critiques (MA Gender Studies)
  • Theoretical Issues in Sociological Research (PhD Sociology)
  • Women’s Movements (MPhil, Women and Gender Studies)
  • Researching the Rural (MPhil Development Practice)



  • WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace) SAAHAS awards 2020 recognising continuous engagements with curricula using an intersectional lens, and courageous efforts to bring structural shifts in the everyday functioning of higher education spaces through innovative pedagogy and counselling
  • International Visitor Leadership Programme on Human Rights Awareness (US State Department of Education and Cultural Affairs) awardee in 2007—part of a seven member team from South Asia, only woman awardee from India
  • Member, Core Group on Women at National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi since 2019
  • Member, Expert Committee National Commission for Women, 2011-12 and 2019-till date
  • Member, Advisory Board, Feminist Judgments Initiative, Gujarat National Law University, India
  • Advisory Member, Country Reference Group for research project Sustaining Power for Women’s Rights in South Asia jointly to be conducted between Indian Social Studies Trust with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK between 2020-2023
  • Member, Advisory Board for the book series Education Research in Global Contexts with Emerald Publications, 2020-2023
  • Member, Editorial Board for the book series International Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence with Trivent Publishing, Budapest https://trivent-publishing.eu/62-gender-based-violence
  • Ranked first in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, 1998




  • Submitted Research Proposal titled ‘Pandemic and its Gendered Impacts: A Study of Women Faculty in Higher Education Institutions in India’ in response to ICSSR Special Call for Studies Focusing on Social Science Dimensions of Covid-19 Corona virus Pandemic, May 2020
  • Member, International Research Collaborative 2020 on ‘Early Women Lawyers in the Legal Profession’, with Law and Society Association, Amherst, USA
  • Co-investigator, ‘Feminist Taleem: Teaching Feminisms, Transforming Lives: Questions of Identity, Pedagogy and Violence in India and the UK’ (2017-2020). This project was funded by UGC-UKERI, Ambedkar University Delhi in collaboration with University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Co-research partner from Ambedkar University Delhi with a project by WISCOMP Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace titled ‘Hamsa: Campus Equity Initiative’ exploring Gender Equity and Inclusion: Transformative Pathways in Higher Education (supported by Public Affairs Section of US Embassy, New Delhi) between 2018-2020
  • Part of Ambedkar University Delhi team as Knowledge Partner to the International Conference on ‘Making Non Traditional Livelihoods Work for the Marginalised’ organised by Azad Foundation, New Delhi, January 2019
  • Co-investigator for a project titled ‘A History of Gender Training in Delhi’ (November 2016-February 2017) under the Dyason Fellowship award, University of Melbourne
  • Principal Investigator in ‘Remembering, Recasting and Re-negotiating: Hearing Her Perspectives on Institutional Histories’, funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research between 2011 to 2013, anchored at Centre for Women’s Development Studies and Ambedkar University Delhi

A. Edited Books

  • 2019 Co-editor (with Prasanta Ray) ‘Trust in Transactions’, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan
  • 2020 Co-editor (with Radhika Govinda, Fiona Mackay, Krishna Menon) ‘Doing Feminisms in the Academy: Identity, Institutional Pedagogy and Critical Classrooms in India and the UK’, New Delhi: Zubaan

B. Journal Special Issue Editor

  • 2017 (with Gita Chaddha) ‘Power and Relationships in the Academia: Feminist Dilemmas beyond the List-Statement Binary’ for Economic and Political Weekly Engage, 42:50
  • 2015 (with Saptarshi Mandal) special issue ‘Indian Feminisms, Law Reform and Law Commission of India: Special issue in Honour of Lotika Sarkar’, Journal of Indian Law and Society, published by WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 6 (Monsoon)

C. Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • 2020 “From Perspective to Discipline: Mapping Forty years in Women's/Gender Studies in India” in Radhika Govinda, Fiona MaKay, Krishna Menon and Rukmini Sen (ed.) Doing Feminisms in the Academy: Identity, Institutional Pedagogy and Critical Classrooms in India and the UK, Zubaan 85-121 ISBN: 97881947605
  • 2020 ‘Transformations in Kinship Relations in a Globalised India: Interrogating Marriage, Law and Intimacy’ in Ino Rossi (ed.) Challenges of Globalisation and Prospects for an Inter- Civilizational World Order, Switzerland: Springer Nature
  • 2020 ‘Between Discomfort and NegotiationReflections on Teaching Law Through (Feminist) Sociology’ in Radhika Govinda, Fiona Mackay, Krishna Menon and Rukmini Sen (ed.) Doing Feminisms in the Academy: Identity, Institutional Pedagogy and Critical Classrooms in India and the UK New Delhi: Zubaan pp. 252-279
  • 2019 ‘Is there a new language in hesitation?’ in Kath Browne, Marta Olasik and Julie Podmore and Niharika Banerjea (ed.) (Re)claiming Lesbian Feminisms: Transnational Dialogues with Contemporary Heteropatriarchies London: Zed Books, pp. 45-59
  • 2019 ‘Domestic Labour and Domestic Work(er)Domesticity as a Site of Contested Trust and Discipline’ in Prasanta Ray and Rukmini Sen(ed.) Trust in Transactions, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan pp 37-56
  • 2019 (with Prasanta Ray) ‘Introduction’ in Prasanta Ray and Rukmini Sen(ed.) Trust in Transactions, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan pp. xvii-xxxvii
  • 2018 ‘Re-imagining Kinship in disability specific domesticity: Legal understanding of care and companionship’ in Anita Ghai (ed.) Mapping Disability Studies in South Asia New Delhi: Sage Publications pp. 401-412
  • 2018 ‘Interrogating (non) Consent in sexual intimacies and infringements: Mapping the socio-legal landscape in India’ in Gita Chaddha and Joseph M T (ed.) Re-imagining Sociology in India: Feminist Perspectives, London and New York: Routledge pp. 197-219
  • 2017 ‘Reading the social in autobiographies: A glimpse into everyday life and history’ in N. Jayaram (ed.), Knowing the social world: Methodologies in Sociological Research Shimla and New Delhi: Indian Institute of Advanced Studies and Oxford University Press pp. 280-298
  • 2016 ‘Right to care, home and family: Ethics of responsibility towards persons with disability’ in Nandini Ghosh. (ed.) Interrogating Disability in India New Delhi: Springer Publishing pp. 65–75
  • 2015 ‘Remembering the Pratyahik (Daily): ‘De’-familiarizing Familial Social History through Memoirs’ in Prasanta Ray and Nandini Ghosh (ed.) Pratyaha: Everyday Lifeworlds: Dilemmas, Contestations and Negotiations, Delhi: Primus Publications, pp. 238–258
  • 2014 Resistance, Reforms and Re-creation: Mapping women’s activism in India in Leela Fernandez (ed.) Handbook of Gender in South Asia, New York: Routledge pp. 333–346
  • 2012 ‘Neutral’ Laws or ‘Moral’ Codes: Controlling and Recreating Sexualities/Intimacies’ in Sara Pilot and Lora Prabhu (ed.) The Fear That Stalks: Gender Based Violence in Public Spaces, New Delhi: Zubaan Publications pp. 143-172
  • 2012 ‘Democracy and Gender: Contradiction between the Liberal and the Submissive Image of Women’ in Partha Pratim Basu, Debi Chatterjee, Purusottam Bhattacharya and Shibashis Chatterjee (ed.), Democracy and Democratization in the 21st Century, Har Anand Publications, New Delhi pp. 109-131
  • 2011 ‘UNCRPD and PWD: Gaps in Promises, Perspectives and Programs’, in Indian Year Book of International Law and Policy (2010-2011), Volume II, Kamal Law House, Kolkata, pp. 258-282
  • 2010 ‘Integrating Sociology in Law School Curriculum: Discontent, Dilemma, Direction’ in Maitrayee Chaudhuri(ed.), Sociology in India: Intellectual and Institutional Practices, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, pp. 197-214
  • 2008 ‘Atmakathar Nirabota: Bangali Mohilader Atmajiboni’ (Silences in Personal Narratives: Bengali Women’s Autobiographies) in Pulak Chanda (ed.) Naribishwa, A Collection of Essays on Women Studies, Gangchil, Kolkata

D. Articles in Journals

  • Rukmini Sen, Krishna Menon  'Social Sciences Teaching and Research: Its Resilience and Relevance in Times of the NEP and Pandemic ' Journal of Educational Planning and Administration ,Volume XXXV, No. 1, January 2021, pp. 47-58 
  • ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe: Interrogating Violence in the Domestic Sphere', Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 55, Issue No 25 ISSN (Online) 2349-8846
  • ‘Court Visits and Learning Pedagogies: Access to Sites of Justice’ in (special issue) Transformative Pedagogies, of PeacePrints, WISCOMP Vol. 6, Edition 1 ISSN: 2582-7871
  • 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe: Interrogating Violence in the Domestic Sphere Economic and Political Weekly Engage, Volume 55, Issue No 25 June 20
  • 2017 Sexual harassment and the limits of free speech. Economic and Political Weekly Engage, 42(50)
  • 2016 ‘Women with disabilities or disabled women: Cartographic Encounters with Legal Interstices’ in Everyday State and Politics in India (special issue) Indian Anthropologist, 46:2, pp 75-92 ISSN: 0970-0927
  • 2015 Editorial Note (with Saptarshi Mandal) Indian Feminisms, Law Reform and the Law Commission of India: Special Issue in Honour of Lotika Sarkar XI-XXXVII Journal of Indian Law and Society, published by WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, 6 (Monsoon)
  • 2013 ‘The Need for an Everyday Culture of Protest’ Economic and Political Weekly, XLVIII (02), January 12
  • 2010 ‘Women’s subjectivities of Suffering and Legal rhetoric on Domestic Violence: Fissures in the two Discourses’, 2010, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, special issue on Violence, Law and Feminist Politics, 17 (3): 375-401
  • 2010 ‘Law Commission Reports on Rape’, Economic and Political Weekly, Review of Women’s Studies, October 30, 2010, XLV (44): 81-87
  • 2010 Pawar and the Power of the Narrative: Resistance and Re-emergence, Voice of Dalit, Vol. 3, No.1 Jan-June
  • 2009 ‘Teaching Sociology in a Law School: Predicaments, Negotiations and Innovations’, 2009, Journal of Indian Law & Society, 1, pp. 37-57
  • 2009 ‘Breaking Silences, Celebrating New Spaces: Mapping Elite Responses to the ‘Inclusive’ Judgment’, 2009, NUJS Law Review, 2 (3), pp. 481-503
  • 2009 ‘May Feel, Mustn’t Talk, Never Question: A Reading of Rashsundari and Binodini’s Autobiographies’, 2009, Critical Issues, Jadavpur University Journal of Sociology, 2, pp. 69-90
  • 2008 ‘The Destruction of Caste Means a Notional Change’: Creation of Community and Identity in Ambedkar’s Writings’, 2008, Voice of Dalit, 1 (1), pp. 57-65

E. Blogs and articles in popular online magazines:

  • ‘Life after COVID-19: A Society of Empaths or more Socially Distant’ News Click March 30, 2020 available online at https://www.newsclick.in/Life-After-Covid-19-A-Society-of-Empaths-or-More-Socially-Distant
  • ‘The Changing nature of urban homes and women's lives’ Hindustan Times 8 March available online at https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/the-changing-nature-of-urban-homes-and-women-s-lives-101615211718857.html
  • 2020 November ‘Returning Home and Violence within the Home: COVID 19 and multiple gendered violations’ https://16daysblogathon.blog/2020/11/27/day-three-returning-home-and-violence-within-the-home-covid-19-and-multiple-gendered-violations/
  • 2020 March ‘Life after COVID 19: A Society of Empaths or more Socially Distanced’ https://available online at www.newsclick.in/Life-After-Covid-19-A-Society-of-Empaths-or-More-Socially-Distant
  • 2019 December (with Krishna Menon) 'Lessons from Hyderabad: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ https://genderpoliticsatedinburgh.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/lessons-from-hyderabad-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow/
  • 2019 December ‘Closing Reflections 16 days of blogs for 16 days of Activism 2019’ https://16daysblogathon.blog/
  • 2018 December ‘To Speak/To Complain: Reflections on Indian Feminist Politics in the moment of #MeToo and LoSHA’ https://16daysblogathon.blog/2018/12/06/day-12-to-speak-to-complain-reflections-on-indian-feminist-politics-in-the-moment-of-metoo-and-losha/
  • 2017 September ‘To Promote contemporary feminist politics we need Sexual Harassment watchdog bodies', available online at https://thewire.in/education/sexual-harassment-committee-universities-jnu-gscash
  • 2016 ‘Still my-self or the loss of self? Café Dissensus’ https://cafedissensus. com/2016/08/15/contents-intersectional-identities-disability-and-the-other- margins-issue-28/
  • 2015 ‘Humiliation as Political, Politicizing Humiliation: When Caste Bodies are Sexually Violated’ available online at Vikalp https://www.vikalp.ind.in/2015/08/humiliation-as-political-politicizing.html
  • 2014 ‘Performing Queer, Judging Queer’, Kindle Magazine, http://kindlemag.in/performing-queer-judging-queer/
  • 2013 ‘The Road to Equality has never been Straight: Supreme Court’s Verdict on S 377’ Vikalp, December 26, 2013 available online at http://www.vikalp.ind.in/2013/12/the-road-to-equality-has-never-been_4159.html
  • 2013 ‘The supportive role of women’s organizations’ in Oishik Sircar and Saptarshi Mandal, eds., ‘More laws=More rights=More justice?’, special issue, Infochange Agenda, available online at http://infochangeindia.org/agenda/access-to-justice/the-supportive-role-of-women-s-organisations.html
  • 2013 ‘Documentary Evidence of Sexual Relationship: Is Companionship necessary when adults cohabit?’, Kafila, June 25, 2013 available online at http://kafila.org/2013/06/25/19052/

F. Other resource materials

  • 2019 January (with Krishna Menon and Amrita Gupta) Background Paper for International Conference Making Non Traditional Livelihoods (NTL) work for the Marginalised released at the Azad Foundation International conference on Non-Traditional Livelihoods in New Delhi available online at http://azadfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/NTL-Conference-Background-Paper-FINAL.pdf
  • 2019 January (in the team as Knowledge partner from AUD preparing) Charter of Demands International Conference Making Non Traditional Livelihoods (NTL) work for the Marginalised available online at http://azadfoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Final-Charter-of-Demands-International-Conference-Jan16-18th2019.pdf
  • 2018 ‘Rape Law and Constructions of Sexuality’ part of panel of experts for Partners for Law and Development where detailed academic input was provided into the conceptualisation and imagination of this reader-friendly resource book on sexuality and the inter-linkages with sexual violence. The resource book is intended for social workers and activists as a tool for consciousness raising https://www.academia.edu/36383482/The_Rape_Law_and_Constructions_of_Sexuality
  • 2018 (with Krishna Menon) Walk as Feminist Pedagogy—a flyer on the experience and testimonies of walking in public spaces as a part of the MA Gender Studies, School of Human Studies, Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi

G. Interviews

  • 2019 ‘Sexual Harassment Law and Policies in Indian Universities: Challenges, Practices and Perspectives’ as part of project under the aegis of the Center for Human Rights Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University
  • 2021 ‘Interrogating Home: Space and Women in India’ as part of Doing Sociology, available online at https://doingsociology.org/2021/02/22/interrogating-home-space-and-women-in-india-an-interview-with-prof-rukmini-sen/
  • 2019 The Social Construction on Shaming (with Krishna Menon and Anita Ghai) conducted by All India Radio
  • 2019 Interviewed and featured by documentary film-maker Susan Kemp (based in Edinburgh) on women, inclusivity and knowledge creation for film on The Edinburgh Seven, the first group of matriculated undergraduate female students at any British University, awarded posthumously their degrees
  • 2019 Drop-in session for #MeToo and related issues of sexual violence/harassment in campus at University of Edinburgh
  • 2019 Interviewed as part of Centre for Human Rights, Jindal Global Law School research project on Internal Complaints Committees [ICCs] of Higher Education Institutions situated within the Delhi-NCR region

International Fellowships/Workshops

  • April 2011: Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, University of Keele under the PECANS fellowship on Law, Gender and Sexuality, 3--14, April 2011
  • June 2012: a two-week workshop titled ‘Theatre and Civil Society: Politics, Public Space and Performance’ organized by Brown International Advanced Research Institute of Brown University, Providence, USA
  • June 2010: the inaugural workshop titled ‘Global Law and Economic Policy’ organized by the Institute of Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.


  • January 31, 2020 Panel Discussion on ‘Celebrating the Constitution of India: Questions of Freedom, Citizenship and Democracy’ organised by Centre for Publishing and School of Human Studies
  • June 10, 2020 Panel Discussion organised on ‘Laws, Pandemic and Public Health in India’ organised by Centre for Publishing and School of Law, Governance and Citizenship
  • February 25, 2021 First Panel Discussion organised by Centre for Publishing under the series ‘Learning with Professionals’ on ‘Women Walk the City of Delhi’
  • March 8, 2021 ‘International Women’s Day’ organised by Centre for Publishing and School of Human Studies
  • March 19, 2021 Convenor of the Panel discussion on ‘Sociological responses to the COVID -19 Pandemic: Perspectives from India’ organised by Sociology programme, School of Liberal Studies
  • April 1, 2021 Workshop on ‘Laws on Travel: Documents, Histories and Practices’ organised by Centre for Publishing and School of Law, Governance and Citizenship
  • 2020 International Conference on Childhood, Youth and Identity in South Asia in collaboration with Department of History, Shiv Nadar University. Noida 6-7 January 2020
  • 2019 With Department of Sociology, St Xaviers College (Autonomous), Kolkta for the first International Conference of the Sociology programme School of Liberal Studies, AUD titled ‘Contemporary Caste Gender and Minority Questions in West Bengal and Bangladesh: Some Explorations’ October 31-November 2, 2019
  • 2018 As Co-Convenor panel titled ‘Women and Public Spaces: Questions of Sexuality, Visibility and Freedom’ at 25th European Conference for South Asian Studies, Paris, 24-27 July 2018
  • 2017 Sub-theme session titled, Inevitability of law and the impossibility of law: Resistances and recognition, in a panel discussion, Women in a changing world: Restructured inequalities, counter-currents and sites of resistance, in the Indian Association for Women’s Studies conference at University of Madras, Chennai, 22–25 January 2017
  • 2016 Panel titled, Between evidence and truth: Voices and silences, in an international conference, Thinking with evidence: Seeking certainty, making truth, organized by Law and Social Science Research Network, New Delhi, 12 December 2016. This was an Ambedkar University Delhi panel, with all four papers presented were made by current or alumni AUD students
  • 2014 Panel titled Reading Affect in Law: Mapping Love, Labour, Lust and Violence’ at the International Conference titled ‘“Left” in the Dark? Postcolonial Conversations on Law, Neoliberalism and Queer-Feminist Futures’, at Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat

Seminar / Conferences

INVITED LECTURES (2019 and 2020)

Keynote address

May 2019 ‘Writing the Self, Walking with the Social: Feminist Reflections on Knowing and Knowledge’ in Decolonising Feminist Knowledge: Reflections on Research and Curriculum, Workshop at the University of Edinburgh, UK

November 2018 at national Seminar on Succession Act and Women organized by Tarabai Shinde Women’s Studies Centre, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, 30


  • Resource person on ‘Constitution, Laws and Women's Campaigns’ at a workshop on Gender Equality and Women's Rights organised by ICC, MANIT, Bhopal 22 February 2021
  • Resource person on ‘Constitution Equality and Feminist Jurisprudence’ at the online course on Gender and Development organised by Advanced Women's Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi 19 January 2021
  • Panelist at The State, Sex and Sexuality in South Asia discussion organised by South Asia Legal Forum, University College London 8 February 2021


  • "Understanding Motherhood: Transformations in the legislation of Maternity 'Benefit' in India" at the International Workshop on Gender and Reproduction, organised by MS Merian-R Tagore International Centre of Advance Studies, Metamorphosis of the Political held online November 13,14, 19 2020
  • January 2 ‘The Women’s Question and the Contradictions in the becoming of the Constitution’ at the Citizenship, Democracy and Constitution Professor Madhava Menon Conclave held at WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  • January 28 ‘Securing Gender Justice amidst Cultural and Religious Pluralism: Indian Experiences’ at the Winter School on Law, Justice and Sustainable Development organised by Centre for Law, Justice and Development and National Academy of Law Teachers under the aegis of National Law University Delhi in collaboration with University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • February 3 ‘Qualitative Research as Resistance’ as part of workshop on Qualitative Research Methods in Social Sciences organised by Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata
  • February 11 ‘Pedagogies of Transformation? Contemporary Feminist Practices within and beyond the Classroom’ at a Colloquium Transformation for Sustainability? Gender and its Intersections with participation in Higher Education, organised by Women’s Studies Centre Jadavpur University, Kolkata and Queen’s University Belfast
  • February 18 'Women’s Movement in India and the changing discourse on UCC’ at the National Conference on Uniform Civil Code organised by the Centre for Human Rights, Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad
  • March 3 ‘Managing the Diverse Classroom’ in 4th International Conference Transcending National Boundaries – Diversity & Inclusion: Critical for Effective Internationalisation organised by Symbiosis International University and Association of Indian Universities organised by Symbiosis International University, Pune
  • Special Lectures on ‘Writing the Self: Autobiography as Feminist Knowledge’ as part of the course Feminist Theories and Practice conducted by Department of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 28, 29 and 30 September 2021
  • ‘Home, Lockdown and Negotiations: Expressions and Silences’ at a Webinar Series Gendered Sites, Everyday Lives organised by the Centre for Women's Studies. IQAC and Library of Cotton University, Guwahati on 24 July 2020
  • ‘Burden of Multi-Tasking on Working Women and Domestic Violence’, as part of the Webinar Impact of the Pandemic on the Metropolitan Middle-Class Indian Woman Department of English Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi organised held on 12 June 2020
  • Part of a conversation Webinar organised by Jindal Global Law School titled Feminist Ruminations on the Pandemic on 25 June 2020
  • ‘Home, Domesticity and the Pandemic: Reflections and Reimagining’ as part of a National Webinar Reconceptualising Space in the Pandemic Times organised by the Department of Sociology Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata on 10 August 2020
  • ‘Reimagining Home: Gendered Construction of Domestic Spaces', organised by the Women's Development and Gender Sensitisation Cell of IP College, University of Delhi on 13 October 2020
  • ‘Gender Justice to cope with the Shadow Pandemic' at an International Webinar Decoding the Shadow Pandemic: Understanding the Complex Issue of Gender Violence amidst Lockdown organised by the IQAC and Women's Celll of Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis Mahavidyalaya, Kolkata on 13 February 2020
  • ‘Gendered Experiences of the Home: Journey across Identities and Time’ at an International Webinar titled In Search of Gender Identities: Relocating Women in Theory and Practice organised by Gender Resource Centre and IQAC of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, an autonomous college in Kolkata on 14 December 2020
  • Panelist on ‘Gender, Power and the Home’ at an International Webinar Series organised by the Governing Intimacies project of the University of Witswaterstrand, South Africa on 22 July 2020
  • Resource person to discuss ‘Sexual Harassment laws at the workplace in the context of India’ at an event organised by IWWAGE and KREA University, Chennai, 8 April 2020
  • Resource person on ‘Domestic Violence: Meanings and Implications’ to a Webinar titled Domestic Violence in COVID 19 times:Approaches and Strategies to combat the shadow Pandemic organised by the Department of Gender Studies, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, Tamil Nadu, 31 July 2020
  • Resource person on ‘Gender and Human Rights’ at the Online Short Term Internship Programme National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi 21 September 2020
  • Resource Person at Faculty Development Programme on Pandemic and Inclusivity speaking on ‘Engendering the Pandemic: Including Multiple Voices’ organised by Miranda House College, University of Delhi and Rama Devi Women's University, Odisha 31 August 2020


  • Jan 9 ‘Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Collaborative Programme on Global Feminism : Contexts and Contestations’ between Women’s Studies and Development Centre (University of Delhi) and University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, USA
  • Feb 1 ‘Engendering Laws, Transforming Family: SC judgments in 2018’ at the Department of Sociology, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  • Feb 12 ‘Constitutional Equality and Feminist Jurisprudence’ at National Workshop on Gender and Development organized by WSDC, University of Delhi and Institute of Social Studies Trust
  • February 18Panelist at book discussion From a Shepherd Boy to an Intellectual: My Memoirs (author Kancha Illiah Shepherd) organized by Sage Publications, New Delhi and Stree Samya Publications, Kolkata
  • February 2019 Intimacy and Transgression: Conversations, Care, Complaint as part of a conference Intimacy and Injury: in the wake of #Metoo in India and South Africa, organised by Governing Intimacies project of University of Witswaterstrand, South Africa
  • March 2 Panelist at book launch Critical Themes in Indian Sociology (edited by Sanjay Srivastava, Yasmeen Arif and Janaki Abraham) organized by Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi and Sage Publications, New Delhi
  • March 12 Gender Dignity and Rights in the Higher Education Space as part of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace WISCOMP workshop Gender Equity and Inclusion: Transformative Pathways in Higher Education at Cotton University, Guwahati
  • March 14 'Ethnographer in the Field: Dilemmas and practical considerations of rapport establishment and immersion’ at Ethnography Workshop by ICSSR and AUD
  • March Sexual harassment, sexually transgressive: Law and its beyond at Sexual Harassment Law and Policies in Indian Universities: Challenges, Practices and Perspectives organized by Centre for Human Rights, OP Jindal University, Sonipat
  • April 2019 Intimacy, Transgression, Ethics: Scripts and Silences in Gendered Academia, at the International Symposium on Comparative Perspectives of #MeToo, University of Kentucky Lexington, USA
  • May 1 ‘Sexual Harassment at the Workplace’ organised by Internal Complaints Committee, Teri School of Advanced Studies
  • May 22 (Keynote address) ‘Writing the Self, Walking with the Social: Feminist Reflections on Knowing and Knowledge’ in Decolonising Feminist Knowledge: Reflections on Research and Curriculum, Workshop at the University of Edinburgh, UK
  • September 20 ‘Sex and Power in the Academia’ organised by Department of Sociology, Miranda House, University of Delhi

Research Supervision at AUD: (Title of Thesis/Discipline/Year of granting degree)

A. Awarded (all MPhil)

  1. Women and the Vocation of Politics: the Gendered Nature of Electoral Competition, MPhil in Women and Gender Studies, Degree granted 2014
  2. Invisible Lives in Visible Histories: Women Negotiating the transition from Private to Public, MPhil in Women and Gender Studies, Degree granted 2016
  3. Sexual Subaltern/ity and Queer Activism in India: A Search at the Interstice, MPhil in Women and Gender Studies, Degree granted 2016
  4. “Lower Caste” Women’s Question: An Exploration of Terminologies and Themes, MPhil in Women and Gender Studies, Degree granted 2018
  5. Transforming the Political – Politicizing Transformation: The Journey of Eka Nari Sanghathan in Emaliguda, Odisha, MPhil in Development Practice, Degree granted 2015
  6. From Beneficiary to Relationality? A Description of ‘Collective’ Lives among Sopo villagers of Gumla, Jharkhand, MPhil in Development Practice, Degree granted 2016
  7. Recast(e)ing Dining Practices in Rural: A Transformative Action Initiating Inter-dining Practices in Daihar, Hazaribagh District, Jharkhand, MPhil in Development Practice, Degree granted 2018
  8. Rethinking Violence, Understanding Domesticity: A journey with Sangwari, in Dokal, Dhamtari, Chattisgarh, MPhil in Development Practice, Degree granted 2018
  9. Life of Hadiya: (Re) Thinking Nasha and Violence: Moving away from State and Urban centric Developmental Response, MPhil in Development Practice, Degree granted 2018
  10. Once Upon a Different Life: Migration of Santal tribal girls for domestic work in Indian metropoles, MPhil in Development Practice, Degree granted 2019
  11. Queer Politics and the Law in India: Reading Judgments and Narratives, MPhil Women and Gender Studies, MPhil, Women and Gender Studies Degree granted 2019
  12. Re-Imagining a Dialogue on Marriage and Practices like Dhuku among women in Gumla, Jharkhand , MPhil Development Practice, degree granted 2020

B. Ongoing

  1. Being Remo: Analysing Bonda (PVTG) Identity in Ethnography and Fiction, PhD in Women and Gender Studies
  2. Examining Marriage through Mediation Process; Study of Matrimonial Disputes in Delhi, PhD Sociology
  3. Understanding the Custom of Forced Marriages: An Exploratory Study in Bihar, MPhil, Women and Gender Studies
  4. Culture of campus-based Sexual Violence as Experienced by women students: A Study in Delhi Metropolis, PhD in Women and Gender Studies


    1. Life Member Indian Association for Women’s Studies
    2. Executive Committee Member, Joint Secretary of Indian Association for Women’s Studies—2009-2011
    3. Life Member of Indian Sociological Society and Law and Social Science Research Network (LASSNET)
    4. Member RC 09 Sociology of Development, International Sociological Association
    5. Member RC 32 Women, Gender and Society, International Sociological Association
    6. Member, European Council for South Asian Studies

    Conference Presentation

    “Women's Writing, Social History and Ways of Knowing: When Disciplines are Democratised" at the International Conference on Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment, Inequalities, Intersectionality organised by International Sociological Association 23-28 February 2021 at Brazil, held online