Professor Krishna Menon


Political Science, Gender Studies, Indian Classical Performing Arts

 Krishna Menon a graduate of Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, obtained her Masters and M.Phil. Degrees from the Centre for Political Studies, JNU and her Ph.D. from the University of Delhi. Her areas of specialization include Political Theory, Indian Government and Politics and Feminist Theory and Politics. Krishna Menon has taught post-graduate courses on Development Politics in India at the University of Delhi and Indian Politics at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.  Prior to joining Ambedkar University Delhi she taught Political Science  for twenty five years at Lady Shri Ram College, where she was also  the Director of the Aung San Suu Kyi Centre for Peace .  Some of her important publications are listed here.

Book Authored/Edited:

  • Menon, K. (2015) .Women and Political Process. Indira Gandhi National Open University. New Delhi. (ISBN: 978-81-266-6856-4)
  • Menon, K. (2013). Classical Political Theory. MHRD Government of India. Retrieved from http://epgp.inflibnet.ac.in/pg_subject_detail.php?csrno=29
  • Menon, K., Banerjee M., Priyam M. (2009). Human Rights, Gender and Environment. New Delhi: Pearson. (ISBN 978-81-317-1325)

Chapters in Books/ Textbooks:

  • Malhotra M., & Menon, K. (2016) ‘State Intervention in Women’s Rights’. In Women and Empowerment in Contemporary India, Edited by Brati Biswas and Ranjana Kaul. Worldview Publications, pp 142-154. New Delhi. 2016.
  • Menon, K ( 2016) ‘On the Question of Free Speech and Censorship’ in The State of Hurt Sentiment, Politics, Censorship ed. Rina Ramdev, Sandhya D Nambiar and Debatiya Bhattacharya Sage , New Delhi, ISBN978-93-515-0304-0 pp252-267.
  • Menon, K. (2015). Conventional Understanding of the Political. In Women and the Political Process (pp. 11-20). New Delhi: IGNOU. (ISBN: 978-81-266-6856-4)
  • Menon, K. (2015). Feminist Perspectives of Political. In Women and the Political Process (pp. 22-34). New Delhi: IGNOU. (ISBN: 978-81-266-6856-4)
  • Menon, K. (2014). Dalit Feminism and the Question of Violence. In Vij, Bhatia and Pandey (Eds.). Women’s Studies in India (pp. 222-233). New Delhi: Rawat Publications. (ISBN 978-81-316-0634-6)
  • Menon, K. (2011). Human Rights: A Theoretical Foray. In S. Motilal (Ed.). Applied Ethics and Human Rights (pp. 57-66). London: Anthem Press. (ISBN 978-93-80601- 35-9)
  • Menon, K. (2011). Women as Question/women in Question in the West: 19th and 20th Centuries. In Theories of Women’s and Gender Studies (pp. 13-34). IGNOU. New Delhi. (ISBN: 978-81-266-5756-8)

Papers in Journals (National/International):

Book Reviews:


  • Menon, K. & Damodaran, S. (2007). Migrant Women and Wage Employment: Exploring Issues of Work and Identity among Health Care Professionals .V.V. Giri National Labour Institute NLI Research Studies Series No: 073/2007

National committees:

  • The Board of Studies of AUD, School of Undergraduate Studies 2014-2017
  • Board of Studies of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie (2014-2016)
  • The ethics committee of SAMA, an NGO working on the issue of the rights of surrogate women in India (2010-2011)
  • Convener, M A programme in gender studies, Ambedkar University 2010

Resource Person at International Workshop:

  • Engendering Research-Perspectives and Possibilities- International Workshop for faculty from Sherubtse College, Royal Bhutan Embassy, Bhutan organized by WISCOMP. 22-25 January 2016, New Delhi.

Resource Person at National Workshops:

  • ‘Creative Dialogues on Violence Prevention’, WISCOMP, India International Centre, 24th November 2015 Resource Person ‘Resisting Violence- In Pursuit of Equality’- Qualitative Research Methodology workshop. NUEPA, New Delhi Resource Person- ‘Feminist Research Methodology’ 5th, 2015, August
  • In-service Course for Post Graduate Teachers of Computer Sc (2nd Spell) 2015-16. Kendriya Vidyalaya organized by MHRD, GOI. 29th, December. 2015 Resource Person- Law and Gender in the Workplace.

Academic Consultancy:

  • Panelist -Strengthening Public Discourse on Domestic Violence-Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) 11th December, 2015
  • Panelist-Developing the Idea of School of Life: Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Exchange, International Centre for Advocacy and Research. New Delhi. 24th,August, 2015


  • Krishna Menon (along with Dr. Rachana Johri) received a grant from Ambedkar University in April, 2015 for the project titled ‘New Urban Spaces and the Negotiations of Women’s Subjectivity’ (Amount to grant sanctioned: Rs. Two lakhs)
  • Received a grant of Rs. 8 Lakhs from University of Delhi under the Star Innovation Project to undertake a study of social science text books of middle schools used in the ‘North East’ India. April 2016.

Articles in newspapers:

  • Menon K. (2016). ‘Marital Rape and the Dynamics of Power’ in The Asian Age/The Deccan Chronicle, New Delhi, May 7th, 2016.
  • Menon K. (2016) ‘Society is the Real Widow Maker’ in The Asian Age, New Delhi, March 31st, 2016.
    Retrieved from http://www.asianage.com/columnists/society-real-widow-maker-810
  • Menon, K (2016) ‘What Women Want’ in The Asian Age , New Delhi, March 8th, 2016
  • Menon, K (2016) ‘Temples of Equality’ in The Deccan Chronicle/ Asian Age, New Delhi, January 30th, 2016.

Radhika GovindaDr. Radhika Govinda (Lead Applicant, UK) is Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. Before joining the University of Edinburgh, she was employed at Ambedkar University Delhi, where she held a research grant from the Indian Council for Social Science Research (the Indian equivalent of the UK’s Economic Council for Social Science Research, in short, ESRC). Dr Govinda’s research focuses on gender politics at the intersections of movements for subaltern assertion, religious nationalism, and development in a neo-liberal era, examining in particular questions of mobilization and organisation of women, their multiple and intersecting identities – gender, caste, class, religion and region, their presence and representation in development policies and practice, and changes in the dominant gendered social relations, in both rural and urban spaces in contemporary South Asia. Her research has been published in a number of leading peerreviewed journals and edited volumes, and has experience of editing journal special issues. She has served as an invited reviewer for Gender, Place and Culture and Contemporary South Asia journals.

Even though Dr Govinda has not published directly on feminist pedagogical praxis, she has relevant experience in curriculum development and course delivery. Most of her teaching at the University of Edinburgh and at Ambedkar University Delhi has been research-led. She has designed and taught several undergraduate and postgraduate level gender-related courses, including Gender, Marginality and Social Change, and Feminist Movements in South Asia. Other pertinent courses she has been involved in teaching include Contemporary Feminist Debates, Global Feminisms, Gender and Development and Introduction to Gender. Dr Govinda has also designed and delivered modules for distance learning postgraduate level programmes, including Gender and Society offered at Indira Gandhi National Open University, (IGNOU)’s School of Social Sciences, Delhi and sessions on gender and development on the online Global Development Challenges Programme run by the Centre for African Studies at Edinburgh.

Year after year, Dr Govinda gets nominated for Edinburgh University Student Association’s Teaching Awards. In her capacity as postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation supervisor at University of Edinburgh and Ambedkar University Delhi, she has provided supervision and mentorship to students interested in researching gender-related themes, whose projects have received funding from the ESRC. Dr Govinda is presently enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Academic Practice (PGCAP), which offers an excellent opportunity to develop a research-minded approach to one’s teaching practice, and will enable her to become a Fellow of UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Selected publications

  • Govinda (2014) ‘On Whose Behalf? Women’s Activism and Identity Politics in Contemporary Uttar Pradesh’, in R. Jeffery, J. Lerche and C. Jeffrey (eds.), Uttar Pradesh: Development Failure and Identity Politics, New Delhi: Sage.
  • Govinda (2013) ‘“Didi are you Hindu?” Politics of Secularism in Women’s Activism in India’, Modern Asian Studies 47(2): 612-51.
  • Ramachandran, V., Jandhyala, K, and R. Govinda (2012) ‘Cartographies of Empowerment: An Introduction’, in V. Ramachandran and K. Jandhyala (eds.), Cartographies of Empowerment: Tracing the Journey of Mahila Samakhya, 1988-2006, New Delhi, Zubaan, pp. 1-30.\
  • Govinda (2012) ‘Mapping “Gender Evaluation” in South Asia’, Indian Journal of Gender Studies 19(2): 187-209.
  • Govinda (2008) ‘Re-inventing Dalit Women’s Identity? Dynamics of Social Activism and Electoral Politics in Rural North India’, Contemporary South Asia (BASAS 5th Annual Issue), 16 (4).
  • Govinda (2006) ‘Politics of the Marginalized: Dalits in Women’s Activism in India’, invited article, Gender and Development, 13 (2).

Bindu K C 2Dr. Bindu K.C.

English Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, Translation

Dr. Bindu K.C. has been working in the Gender Studies programme in Ambedkar University Delhi since 2014.  Her career includes teaching and research experience in many premier Central Universities in India and abroad beginning from 2003 onwards.  Discipline wise, this includes English literature (which is her discipline for post-graduation, Phil and PhD) as well as Women and Gender Studies (in both teaching and research).    She finished her PhD from the University of Hyderabad.  The dissertation was titled “Constructing the Adivasi Identity:  Reading the Dominant, Reading the Adivasi.”  Her M Phil work, from the same university, was in the area of Women’s writing and was titled “Construction of the Self in Kamala Das’ Personal Narratives”  She also did a post doctoral work titled  “Sexualisation among Adolescent Women in Contemporary Kerala:  A Study based on Convent Schools in the Region”  at SOAS, London in 2009.

Dr, Bindu’s publications, among other areas, has also focused on gender as an analytical category.  Some of the chapters in books, that uses interdisciplinary work and which importantly uses gender as an analytical category are given below.

  • (With Rekha Pande, Mumtaz Fatima and Nuzhath Khatoon).  “Narratives of Domestic Violence:  Masculinities and Femininities.”  In Violence:  Impact and Intervention.  Manjit Singh & D.P. Singh (Eds.) New Delhi:  Atlantic Publishers, 2008. 123-140.
  • (With Rekha Pande and Viqar Atiya) “Remade Womanhoods, Refashioned Modernities: The Construction of “Good Womanhood” in Annisa, an Early Twentieth Century Women’s Magazine in Urdu.” for the New Readings in the Literature of British India , c.1780-1947. Shafquat Towheed (Ed) Series Editor.  Koray Melikoglu.  Stuttgart: Ibidem publishers, 2007.  10: 389821673X
  • (With Sharmila Sreekumar)  “Performing Woman, Performing Body:  Adapting Nagamandala for Feminist Theatre.”  In Girish Karnad’s Plays:  Performance and Critical Perspectives.  Tutun Mukherhjee (Ed.) Delhi:  Pencraft International, 2006.
  • (With Sharmila Sreekumar as Joint Action Committee).  “Negotiating Caste and Gender:  A Struggle in Hyderabad Central University.” Economic and Political Weekly.  Vol: XXXV. 43 &44, 2000 (pp; 3845-3848). ISSN 0012-9976

Membership of examination and decision making bodies

She has been an examiner for various dissertations dealing with interdisciplinary research, and is a member of doctoral committees for PhD dissertations in many universities in India.

Fiona Mc kayProfessor Fiona Mackay (BA Hons, PhD, FAcSS) is Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently Dean and Head of the School of Social and Political Science. Mackay’s research addresses the extent to which global and local institutions of politics and governance may be designed, reformed, or challenged to address gender inequality, and to promote gender justice, equal participation, and women’s human rights. She has published five books, three Special Issues/Symposia, and more than 45 journal articles and chapters. She has held research grants and consultancies with bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Communities Scotland, Equal Opportunities Commission, the Scottish Government, and the Scottish Universities Insight Institute. She co-convenes the UoE Gender Politics Research Group (which hosts the twitter feed @genderpol and the blog genderpolitics@edinburgh). She founded and co-directs FIIN (Feminism and Institutionalism International Network), and co-edits the Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives series (Rowman Littlefield International).

As an educator and academic leader, she has a sustained record of strategic planning, teaching and curriculum development, programme management, and course delivery and review across all levels, including doctoral research skills training in social and political science. Past and current specialist feminist courses include: Women and Politics, Gender Politics and the State, Contemporary Feminist Thought, Global Politics of Sex and Gender, Gender and Sexuality in Global Politics, and Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World. Under her leadership the School of Social and Political Science leads the “Gender Initiative”, which aims to increase the visibility and extend the scope of teaching and research on gender at the University of Edinburgh, and to mainstream gender into the curriculum. The first phase of the initiative led to the creation of a new introductory course on gender (running for first time in 2016-17) open to all students across the University including medics, scientists, and engineers.

She has a long experience of innovative teaching and assessment methods including the use of role-play, gender diaries, group work, case studies, poster presentations, and co-production. She designed the framework “Social and Political Science in Practice” to facilitate structured opportunities for faculty-student collaboration around research, learning and teaching, and service/community engagement. The framework was piloted in 2015-16 and involved Senior Honours students co-designing interactive learning materials for the new introductory gender course. Kenny and Mackay were awarded “Best Course” prize in the Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Awards in 2016. Mackay has supervised 13 PhDs to successful conclusion, including two prize-winning doctoral theses. She is an experienced mentor of academics across all career stages. Mackay has not explicitly researched or written on pedagogy before, but in 2016 has started working towards Principal Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy, drawing upon her practice. She has also presented on gender mainstreaming in the academy.

Selected publications

  • L. Krook and F. Mackay (eds) (2011) Gender, Politics, and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (paperback issued 2015)
  • F. Mackay (2014) ‘Nested Newness, Institutional Innovation and the Gendered Limits of Change’, Politics & Gender 10(4): 549-571.
  • F. Mackay (2010) ‘Gendering constitutional change and policy outcomes: substantive representation and domestic violence policy in Scotland’ Policy & Politics 38 (3): 39-58.
  • F. Mackay and G. Waylen (eds) (2009) Critical Perspectives on Feminist Institutionalism. Special Section of Politics & Gender 5 (2): 237-280.
  • F. Mackay (2009) ‘Gender’ in M. Flinders, A. Gamble, C. Hay and M. Kenny (eds) The Oxford Handbook of British Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 646-662.
  • F. Mackay (2008) ‘The state of women’s movement/s in Britain: ambiguity, complexity and challenges from the periphery’ in S. J. Grey and M. Sawer (eds) Women’s movements worldwide: Flourishing or in abeyance? London: Routledge, 17-32 (paperback issued 2011)

Dr Kanchana RuwanpuraDr. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura is Reader in Development Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh. She holds leadership roles within the University of Edinburgh as Co-Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies and Director of the MSc programme in Environment and Development. She has her PhD in Development Studies from Newnham College, University of Cambridge and since that time has worked at the University of Southampton, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, University of Munich and the International Labor Office (Geneva).

Dr. Ruwanpura’s research explores themes around feminism, ethnicity, development, labor practices and ethical trade in South Asia, which has been funded by the AAUW, ESRC and British Academy, amongst others. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes and as a research monograph. She holds the role of editor in the leading feminist geography journal Gender, Place and Culture. She is also on the Editorial Board of Feminist Economics. In Dr. Ruwanpura’s leadership capacity and involvement in a Postgraduate teaching programme and as Undergraduate dissertation supervisor at the University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton, she has successfully mentored numerous undergraduate and postgraduate students – with three prize-winning theses (one at the national level and two at the School level). Throughout her years of teaching at the University of Edinburgh, she has been nominated for various Edinburgh University Student Association teaching awards, and holds the Mike Clarke Teaching Excellence award from the School of Geography, University of Southampton. She is also a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Selected publications

  • K.N. Ruwanpura and A. Hughes (2016) “Empowered Spaces? Management Articulations of Gendered Spaces in Apparel Factories in Karachi, Pakistan” Gender, Place and Culture 23(9):1270-1285
  • K.N. Ruwanpura (2016) “Women’s and Feminist Organizations in South Asia” in Nancy Naples et al (eds.) Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell
  • K.N. Ruwanpura (2014) “Global Governance Initiatives and Garment Sector Workers: Tracing its Gender and Development Politics – A Case Study of Sri Lanka” in Leela Fernandes (ed.) Routledge Handbook on Gender in South Asia London: Routledge
  • J. Niven. A. Faggian and K. N. Ruwanpura (2013) “Explorations of ‘Underachievement’: The Case of Highly Educated Young British-Bangladeshi Women” Feminist Economics 19(1):1-26
  • K.N. Ruwanpura (2013) “Feminist Economics” in Mary Evans and Carolyn Williams (eds.) Gender: Key Concepts, London: Routledge, pp 76-81
  • K.N. Ruwanpura, I. Talbot and S. Jones (2012) “Introduction: Bodies of Power, Forms of Power”, Contemporary South Asia 20(1):1-9
  • K.N. Ruwanpura (2013) “It’s the (Household) Economy, Stupid! Pension Reform, Collective Resistance and the Reproductive Sphere – The Case of Sri Lankan Apparel Sector Workers” in Juanita Elias and Samanthi Gunawardana (eds.) Global Political Economy of the Household in Asia London: McMillan-Palgrave, pp 145- 161

Meryl KennyDr. Meryl Kenny is Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She is an elected Trustee of the Political Studies Association (PSA), and the current Convenor of the PSA’s Women and Politics Specialist Group. Her research focuses on women and comparative politics, with specific expertise in gender politics, party politics, and British and Scottish politics. Her current research focuses on gender and political recruitment, and feminist institutionalism. She has held research grants with the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the University of New South Wales’ Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship Scheme. She co-convenes the University of Edinburgh’s Gender Politics Research Group (which hosts the twitter feed @genderpol and the blog genderpolitics@edinburgh), and is a Co-Director of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN), which is based at Edinburgh. She also co-edits the Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives book series with Rowman & Littlefield International.

She has over ten years’ teaching experience, as well as specific experience of designing and teaching on gender politics courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Past and current specialist gender modules include (at the University of Leicester): Sex and Gender in Global Politics, Gender in Global Perspective, and Gender, Power and Representation; and (at the University of Edinburgh) Contemporary Feminist Debates, The Global Politics of Sex and Gender, Sex and Gender in Global Politics, and Gender and Sexuality in Global Politics. In 2016/17, she is the Course Organiser of Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World, a new introductory course to gender studies open to all students across the University of Edinburgh. Elements of the Understanding Gender course were designed and piloted by 4th year undergraduate students in the course Social and Political Science in Practice, which she also ran, and which was awarded the ‘Best Course’ prize by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association in 2015/16. She is a Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Selected publications

  • M. Kenny and T. Verge (2016) ‘Opening Up the Black Box: Gender and Candidate Selection in a New Era’, Government and Opposition, 51 (3), 351-369.
  • M. Kenny and E. Bjarnegard (2016) ‘Comparing Candidate Selection: A Feminist Institutionalist Approach’, Government and Opposition, 51 (3), 370-392.
  • M. Kenny and E. Bjarnegard (2015) ‘Revealing the Secret Garden: The Informal Dimensions of Political Recruitment’,Politics & Gender, 11 (4), 748-753.
  • M. Kenny (2014) ‘Gender and Political Recruitment’ in R. Campbell and S. Childs (eds) Deeds and Words: Gendering Politics. Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • M. Kenny (2013) Gender and Political Recruitment: Theorizing Institutional Change. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • F. Mackay, M. Kenny and L. Chappell (2010) ‘New Institutionalism Through a Gender Lens: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism?’, International Political Science Review, 31 (5).

Pablo SchyfterDr. Pablo Schyfter is Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies (STS). A key part of his research has focused on gender and technological artefacts and professions. Much of this work has aimed to identify and harness social theoretical and philosophical tools from a range of authors and make use of them for gender studies and STS. These include post-structuralist theories of subjectivity and embodiment, and specialised theories from feminist STS. He has also delivered undergraduate and postgraduate lectures on gender, science and technology since his first year as a PhD student, and has since designed and convened dedicated classes on the topic.

He is currently investigating the gender politics of synthetic biology. Though grounded in biological science, the field seeks a disciplinary identity as ‘authentic’ engineering. It elevates and emulates engineering. His research studies the making of ‘the synthetic biologist’: the subjectivity of this new researcher. Using poststructuralist theory (e.g. Butler’s ‘subjection’ and Hacking’s ‘making up people’) and interviews with practitioners, he has developed analyses of ‘contests of authenticity’: disputes over disciplinary identity that result in quarrels over the legitimacy of different subjectivities. He has found that in emulating engineering, synthetic biology has cast aside the relatively balanced gender politics of biological science and masculinised the ‘synthetic biologist.’ His research on gender politics and synthetic biology fits well with an interest in scholarship-based activism. Along with others, he has studied and written about the role of social scientists in the making of new fields, like synthetic biology.

Selected publications

  • Balmer, A, J. Calvert, C. Marris, S. Molyneux-Hodgson, E. Frow, M. Kearnes, K. Bulpin, P. Schyfter, A. Mackenzie, & P. Martin. (2016). “Five rules of thumb for post-ELSI interdisciplinary collaborations,” Journal of Responsible Innovation 3(1): 73-80.
  • Balmer, A, J. Calvert, C. Marris, S. Molyneux-Hodgson, E. Frow, M. Kearnes, K. Bulpin, P. Schyfter, A. Mackenzie, & P. Martin. (2015). “Taking roles in interdisciplinary collaborations: Reflections on working in post-ELSI spaces in the UK synthetic biology community,” Science and Technology Studies 28(3): 3-25.
  • Schyfter, P. (2010). “Género y tecnología (“Gender and technology”),” in H. Hiriart (ed.), Doscientos Años, Ochenta Voces, México D.F.: SEDENA.
  • Schyfter, P. (2008). “Tackling the ‘body inescapable’ in sport: Body-artefact kinesthetics, embodied skill, and the community of practice in lacrosse masculinity,” Body & Society, 14(3): 81-103.
  • Schyfter, P. (2001). “La intolerancia es intolerancia (“Intolerance is intolerance”),” in A. Facio (ed.), Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos: Textos y Commentarios Inusuales, San José: ILANUD.

AUD Brochure Approved Layout (FINAL)_img_6120120514181525_sProfessor Rachana Johri

Psychology, Gender Studies

Rachana Johri is an Associate Professor at School of Human Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Prior to this she taught Psychology at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. At Ambedkar University, she teaches Psychology, Psychosocial Studies and Gender Studies. Although her academic degrees are in the discipline of Psychology, her research interest and writing has consistently revolved around issues of gender. Her research work explored Robin Lakoff’s hypotheses about differences in the speech styles of adult men and women. An increasing involvement in the intersections of psychoanalysis, feminism and cultural psychology culminated in her doctoral work on the cultural conceptualization of maternal attachment for daughters in the context of the prevailing culture of son preference in India.


 Journal Articles

  • With Krishna Menon (2013) Daily Border Crossings. Negotiations of body, gender and subjectivity in the lives of women mall workers in Delhi
  • Cultural Encounters, Conflicts, and Resolutions: Vol. 1: Iss Article 4.
  • Available at: http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/cecr/vol1/iss1/4
  • Johri, R. (2011) Mothering daughters and the ‘Fair and Lovely’ path to success. Advertising and Society Review.
  • Ghai, A. & Johri, R. (2008) Prenatal diagnosis: Where do we draw the line?  Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 15:2, 291-316.ecent publications

 Chapters in Books

  • Ghai, A. and Johri, R. (2014) In Chaddha, G and S. Krishna (eds). Feminists and Science. Stree Publications, Kolkata.
  • Ghai, A. and Johri,R. 2013. ‘Prenatal diagnosis: Where do we draw the line?’ In Disability studies in India. Global discourses, local realities. R. Addlakha (ed) New Delhi: Routledge.
  • Johri, R. 2013 From ‘Parayi to Apni: Mother’s love as resistance.’  In South Asian Mothering. Negotiating culture, family and selfhood. (eds.) J. Sangha and T. Gonsalves,  Demeter Press,Bradford.
  • Johri, R. (April, 2010) Mothering from the margins: Mothering daughters in a culture of son preference. In Attachment: Expanding the Cultural Connections (Eds.) Phyllis Erdman, Sue Metzger, and Kok-Mun Ng Routledge, Taylor and Francis

Research grants

  • Grant received for project on researching the lives of women workers in malls.This ongoing research explores the emergence of new subjectivities engaged in the metaphorical border crossing between the world of malls and the world outside.

Curriculum Development

  • Initiated the Consultative process for the development of Masters in Gender Studies atAmbedkar University Delhi.I was also involved in the formulation of the MPhil PhD programme in Women’s and Gender Studies at AUD.Participated in Consultative meetings of IGNOU Curriculum Development in Gender Studies. Wrote and edited several modules.

Membership of Committees

  • Member of Interim Apex Committee
  • Member of CASH at Lady Shri Ram College
  • External Member of IGNOU Committee against Sexual Harassment

RUKMINI_SEN_PHOTO20170801143619_sDr. Rukmini Sen

Sociology, Socio-Legal studies and Gender Studies

Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of Calcutta, Kolkata, in 2008 on the thesis titled Gendered Construction on Culture of Silence/Insignificant Articulation

Associate Professor (since March 2015) School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi, formerly Assistant Professor (between 2011- February 2015) School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi. Concurrently teaching at the Gender Studies Program, School of Human Studies, and Ambedkar University Delhi.

Have been involved in designing and teaching courses on Law and Society, Relationships and Affinities, Women’s Movements, Gender and Society, State Nation Citizenship and Law as a part of SLS and SHS programmes at AUD

Publications (Select)

  • ‘Resistance, Reforms and Re-creation: Mapping Women’s Activism in India’ in Leela Fernandez, ed. 2014, Handbook of Gender in South Asia, Routledge, New York, pp, 333-346
  • ‘Integrating Sociology in Law School Curriculum: Discontent, Dilemma, and Direction’ in Maitrayee Chaudhuri, ed., 2010, Sociology in India: Intellectual and Institutional Practices, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, and pp. 197-214
  • ‘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.
  • ‘Law Commission Reports on Rape’, Economic and Political Weekly, Review of Women’s Studies, October 30, 2010, and XLV (44): 81-87
  • ‘Reading the Social in Autobiographies: A Glimpse into Everyday Life and History’ in N. Jayaram, ed., Knowing the Social World: Methodologies in Sociological Research Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and Oxford University Press, India (forthcoming)
  • Women with disabilities or disabled women: Cartographic Encounters with Legal Interstices’ in Everyday State and Politics in India (special issue) Indian Anthropologist, Indian Anthropological Association (forthcoming)

 Research Projects

  • ‘Remembering, Recasting and Re-negotiating: Hearing Her Perspectives on institutional Histories’, funded by Indian Council of Social Science Research, January 2014-December 2015
  • (International Collaborating partner to a research) ‘A History of Gender Training in Delhi’ (November 2016-December 2017) to be funded by Dyason Fellowship, University of Melbourne

Membership in Decision Making Bodies

  • Life Member, Indian Association of Women’s Studies (IAWS). Served as a Joint Secretary at the Executive Committee of the IAWS between 2008-2011
  • Member of the Research Committee of National Commission for Women (NCW) between 2010-2011 to review and comment on various laws being discussed by NCW

Professor Sumangala Damodaran

DAUD Brochure Approved Layout (FINAL)_img_4920120514161739_sevelopment Studies, Economics and Gender, Popular Music Studies

Sumangala Damodaran is a Professor of Economics, Development Studies and Popular Music Studies at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) and has been part of the founding team of AUD from 2010 after a seventeen year teaching stint at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.  She has also worked as a researcher in the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi and as a consultant with the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector of the Government of India for over a year in 2008-09. Her teaching and research in economics and development studies have straddled the areas of Export orientation and Global Value Chains, the Informal Sector, Labour and Migration and Discrimination Studies. Understanding gender, race and caste have been critical in the development of interdisciplinary frameworks for both teaching and research in these areas and she has been actively involvement in the development of pedagogies to understand discrimination and its link to industrialisation, work and development.

Prof. Damodaran has also, in recent years, been involved with research and teaching in Popular Music Studies. She has taken her interest in gender into the realm of popular music studies where she is currently engaged in researching the relationship between music and migration, particularly of women in slavery and servitude across centuries and across vast tracts of the globe that were linked through long distance trade in commodities and symbolic goods. Being a performer herself, she is working towards linking performance and narratives of women performers as pedagogical tools in understanding the relationship between music and society. This work is being done in collaboration with several universities in Africa and Asia as part of a grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation.

Academic Publications:

  • Issues in Capital Account Convertibility, paper in Global Finance edited by Walden Bello, Nicola Bullard and Kamal Malhotra, Zed Books, 2001
  • Manufactured Exports and Gender Based Employment in India – Examining the Globalisation – Casualisation Linkage for the Indian Leather and Leather Products Industry, paper in Labour and Development, Vol 10, No.2, 2004
  • State Policy, Export Orientation and Labour: An Analysis of the Links in the Leather and Leather Products industry in India, paper in the Indian Journal of Labour Economics, October-December 2005
  • Demand-Supply Mismatches and the Role of Markets in Skill Development: Uncovering the Dimensions in India’s Informal Sector, paper in the Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Vol 51, No.4, October-December 2008
  • Informal Sector and the Leather Industry in India, paper in Oberai,A.S and G.K.Chaddha (eds) Job Creation in the Urban Informal Sector in India, ILO – SAAT, New Delhi, 2001
  • Contributed substantially to three reports of the NCEUS titled Skill Development and Employment Assurance in the Unorganised Sector, Technology Upgradation in the Unorganised Sector and The Challenge of Employment in India – the Informal Economy Perspective in 2009.
  • Upgradation or flexible casualization? Exploring the Dynamics of Global Value Chain Incorporation in the Indian Leather Industry, chapter in Anne Posthuma and Dev Nathan (eds) Labour in Global Production Networks in India, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • “Protest Through Music”, Seminar, August 2008.

Forthcoming Publications:

  • Chapter on Women and Economy in Women and Human Development in India, Zubaan books in collaboration with UNDP, forthcoming, 2009
  • “Women” versus “Breadwinners”: Exploring Labour Market Dynamics, Agency and Identity among Migrant Nurses from Kerala (India) accepted for publication in Feminist Economics, subject to revisions based on referee comments.