Soma Chaudhuri

Soma  Chaudhuri
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD Vanderbilt University, 2008
  • 433B Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48823
  • 517-353-0874


Soma Chaudhuri


Soma Chaudhuri is a qualitative sociologist whose research lies at the intersection of gender, development, social movements and violence. She studies how violence at the community and household level is used to legitimize structural and institutional level gender inequalities that specifically disadvantage grassroots women. Relatedly she explores the role of non-state actors in creating effective strategies for encountering such violence through empowerment programs, the impact it has on the women’s lives, and reasons for failure of such programs.

Professor Chaudhuri’s research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, Mobilization; Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change; Sociology of Development; Contexts; and Sociological Forum among others. Her research has been funded by several grants including the National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council.



2019 Jennifer Cobbina, Soma Chaudhuri, Michael Conteh and Victor Rios.“I will be out there everyday strong!” Repressive Tactics and Future Activism in Movements against Police Brutality. Sociological Forum. Vol. 34 (2) 

2019 Soma Chaudhuri and Merry Morash. Building Empowerment, Resisting Patriarchy: Understanding Intervention Against Domestic Violence Among Grassroots Women in Gujarat, India. Sociology of Development. Vol. 3(5)

2018 Chaudhuri, Soma. Changing the Patriarchal Narrative: Going Behind the Roots of Gender Based Violence. Contexts.Vol. 17 (2)

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

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

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