Soma Chaudhuri


Soma Chaudhuri

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Email:    Phone: 517-355-0874
  • Office: 433B Berkey Hall

Degree: Vanderbilt University, 2008


Dr. Chaudhuri's work spans two areas in sociology (gender and social movements), linked by her common interest on violence against women (VAW). Broadly her research explores how structural and institutional level gender inequalities further disadvantage women in the grassroots through the use of violence. Further, she is interested in understanding how non-governmental-organizations (NGO) that work towards reducing gender inequalities, mobilize community women against their own religious and cultural practices that create such inequalities in the first place. Previously, she has worked on a number of projects in United States and India, including on witchcraft accusations, domestic violence among south Asian immigrants, women’s movements on jury and property rights, SlutWalks, and movements against rape in India. Dr. Chaudhuri's current project funded by a National Science Foundation grant, explores how women participants in various empowerment programs, are able to strategize against domestic violence in grassroots communities. The project is located in Gujarat, India.

Research Areas: Community and Urban; Family; Migration
Selected Publications:

Chaudhuri, Soma.  2017 Witches, Activists, and Bureaucrats: Navigating Gatekeeping in Qualitative Research. International Journal of Sociology. Vol. 47 (2): 131-145

Kelly Birch Maginot, and Soma Chaudhuri. 2015. "'No Shaming This Slut’: Strategic Frame Adaptation and North American SlutWalk Campaigns." Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 38:137-170.

Soma Chaudhuri, and Sarah Fitzgerald. 2015. "Rape Protests in India and the Birth of a New Repertoire." Social Movement Studies 14(5): 622-628.

Soma Chaudhuri, Merry Morash, and Julie Yingling. 2014. Marriage Migration, Patriarchal Bargains and Wife Abuse: A Study of South Asian Women. Violence Against Women 20(2):141-161.

Soma Chaudhuri. 2013. Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India: Tempest in a Teapot. Lanham: Lexington Books, A division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

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