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 appears in Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, World Development, Global Labour Journal, and Social Problems. It has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.