Praveena Lakshmanan

Praveena  Lakshmanan
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • MA, University of Houston, 2015
  • BA, University of Houston, 2012
  • MSc, Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences (India), 2004


Praveena Lakshmanan


Beginning the Sociology Doctoral program in 2015, Praveena Lakshmanan’s scholarship lies at the intersection of the sociology of international migration and gender with interests in South Asian   migration, intersectional and transnational feminist theories, Third World and postcolonial feminisms, feminist research methodologies and epistemologies, and other racial, ethnic, and gendered forms of domination. Praveena has pursued these interests by studying South Asian migration and communities in the American South, with an emphasis on Texas. Praveena employs forms of qualitative methods in migration and feminist ethnographic methods in her work to contextualize gender at the intersection of immigrant status and different levels of immigrant social life.

Praveena's Masters' thesis focused on process of individual and social identity reconstruction among South Asian women who transition from being employed in India to being unemployed in the U.S., post migration with their spouses. Her dissertation research critically examines legal status variations among South Asian migrants and its impacts on individual/collective agency and gendered experiences. Her research has been supported by the Thompson Endowment and Research Scholars Award from MSU's College of Social Science.


  • Women's and Gender Studies.
  • American Sociological Association,
  • Student Advisory Editor (August 2015- Present) of Social Problems Journal. 


Lakshmanan, Praveena. 2019. "Pretty Brown: Encounters with my Skin Color" Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations edited by C. Bobel and S. Kwan. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press