Academic Background


Ph.D.    1987 Department of Sociology   Delhi University            

M. Phil 1980   Department of Philosophy   University of Hyderabad              

M. A.   1979  Department of Sociology  University of Delhi

B. A.    1977 Sociology (Hons)      Jesus & Mary College,University of Delhi


Topic of Doctoral Thesis

Folklore and the Formation of Popular Consciousness in a Village in the Purulia District of West Bengal.” (supervisor, Prof. Veena Das)


Research Projects, Fieldwork Grants & Research Fellowships

2007-2009 “Folk Art, State Patronage and the Global Market.” Sponsored by The India Foundation for the Arts and Delhi University

2003-2005 “Mapping City Spaces: Communal Violence, Social Reconciliation and Documentary Practices of the State.” Sponsored by the Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development

2002-2003 “Folklore vs. Folkloric Culture: Folk Aesthetics and the Print Media in Purulia, West Bengal.” Sponsored by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts

1998-2001 Fieldwork grant for studying intercommunity relations in Dharavi, Mumbai received from the Volkswagen Stiftung, Germany

1994 Fieldwork grant for studying the Mumbai riots of 1992-93 received from Social Science Research Council, New York

1986-1989 Research Project, “The Welfare State from the Outside. The Study of Care Institutions in the Netherlands”. Sponsored by Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development

1985-1986 ICSSR Exchange Fellow at the University of Amsterdam

1980-1985 Junior Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study on Sociology, University of Delhi


Teaching Experience

1999 onwards Reader in Sociology, University of Delhi

1993-1999 Lecturer in Sociology, University of Delhi

1990-1993 Research Associate, Department of Sociology, University of  Delhi

1989-1990 Ad. Hoc. Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi