Soma Chaudhuri

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


Soma Chaudhuri


Dr. 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.

Her other current projects explore: 1. the impact of pandemics on migrants across occupational skill levels; 2. the interplay of risks and motivations undertaken by ordinary people that drive their decision to participate in social justice protests during a public health crisis. 

Her research has been funded by several grants including from the National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council Award.



2021    Jennifer Cobbina, Ashleigh Lacourse*, Erika Brooke and Soma Chaudhuri.  Protesting During a Pandemic: Narratives on Risk Taking and Motivation to Participating in the 2020 March on Washington. Crime & Delinquency. Vol. 67 (8)

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)