Praveena Lakshmanan is currently a second year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She obtained her Masters in Sociology from the University of Houston in 2015. The experience of living in both India and the United States, coupled with academic training in the disciplines of sustainable development, political science, and sociology, have developed and refined Lakshmanan's research interests in the areas of Gender, Migration, Family and Development. She is working towards developing her research on South Asian families within the context of transnationalism and feminist sociology. In her research till date she analyzes the process of individual and social identity reconstruction among South Asian women who transition from being employed in India to being unemployed in the United States, post migration with their spouses. Her research interests also include the intersections of migration, skin color and its impacts on entrepreneurial success; transnational constructions of gender violence as perceived by individuals and institutions; and commercial surrogacy. At Michigan State University, Lakshmanan is also pursuing a Graduate Specialization in Women's and Gender Studies.