I specialize in the sociology of gender & sexuality, development, labor, and transnational social movements. Most of my work has focused on India, but my research has also taken me to Kenya, South Africa, and Bangladesh, and I bring a global perspective to all of my writing and teaching.
I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my dissertation, which traces the transnational circulation of HIV/AIDS programs and the struggles among activists, donors, and state officials that made up India’s HIV/AIDS response. The project draws on a year of participant observation and over 150 in-depth interviews across India and Kenya, focusing on the activism of sex workers and sexual minorities around and beyond HIV/AIDS. In a previous project, I examined gendered differences in young people’s articulations of their aspirations in relation to the global knowledge economy in a small town outside Bangalore. I also bring to my research and teaching my experiences working with NGOs in the areas of reproductive health, primary education, and gender.
My work has appeared in journals such as Gender & Society and Global Labour Journal, and has been funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.