DSC00478I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University, affiliated with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and South Asian Studies.

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 & SocietyQualitative Sociology, World Development, Global Labour Journal, and Social Problems.  It has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.