Maitrayee Chaudhuri
Centre for the Study of Social Systems
School of Social Sciences,
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi-110067, India
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PhD Sociology, 1987, M.Phil, 1981, Sociology
MA, 1979, Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

BA (English Honours) St. Mary's College, North Eastern Hill University

Professional Experience:

2005 onwards  Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU

2012-2014 Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2012-2014 Co-ordinator, Centre for Advanced Studies, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

2006-2008  Director, Women’s Studies Programme. JNU

2004-2005 Coordinator, Global Studies Programme (GSP), SSS, JNU  

1997-2005  Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU
1990-1997  Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU

1987-1990 Lecturer, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi  
1985-87 Project Co-ordinator, Centre for Technology and Development, New Delhi.

Visiting Professors/Visiting Fellow/Fellowships:

1. Visiting Professor to ICCR Chair McGill University, Montreal, Canada September- December 2015.

2. Visiting DAAD Guest Professor. Albert Ludwig-University, Freiburg, Germany (Offered a Course On "Gender and Society in South Asia" Summer 2003)

3. Visiting Fellow, Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. 1995-1996.

4. Visiting Fellow, Institute of Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston. 1995-1996.

Membership of Bodies :

  1. Member, Centre for the Study of Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Chandigarh University, Chandigarh 2014 onwards.
  2. Member, Board, School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi Open University, New Delhi 2015 onwards.
  3. Member, Advisory Committee, Centre for Media Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU, 2013.
  4. Member, Academic Council, Tezpur Central University, 2012-onwards.
  5. Member, Research Advisory Committee, National Labour Institute, Noida, 2013.
  6. Member, Executive Council, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, 2010-onwards)
  7. Expert Committee Member for formulation of courses on Women Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
  8. Member, Centre for Women's Development Studies, New Delhi. 2000 onwards.
  9. Expert Committee Member UNESCO Project on Intangible Heritage, Women and Development, 2000.
  10. Expert Committee Member for formulation of MA course in Sociology IGNOU, 2003.
  11. Member, Textbook Development Committee for Sociology NCERT 2005.
  12. Advisor, Textbook Development Committee for Sociology NCERT 2006.
  13. Co-ordinator, Course Committee on Sociology CBSE 2009- 2010.
  14. Member 6th ICSSR Research Survey and Exploration in Sociology and Social Anthropology, 2009.
  15. Member Curriculum Development Committee, Women Studies, UGC, 2010.
  16. Member, Advisory Council, Centre for Media, Communication and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, 2008 -2012.
  17. Member Board of Studies, Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia. 2010-2012.
  18. Member Board of Studies School of Liberal Arts, Ambedkar University, Delhi, 2013.

Member of Editorial Boards of Journals/Book Series

  1. Member, International Editorial Advisory Board. Society and Culture in South Asia, South Asian University, New Delhi.
  2. Member Editorial Review Board Global, Political Economies of Gender and Sexuality Series edited by Nicki Smith, Adrienne Roberts and Juanita Elias. Rowman and Littlefied International, London.
  3. Journal of Social and Economic Development, (published by Springer in collaboration with Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
  4. Sociology of Development (published by University of California Press)
  5. Sociological Bulletin Editorial Advisory Committee

A. Books

(Including Edited, Co-edited)

  1. The Indian Women's Movement: Reform and Revival 1993. (Delhi, Radiant) Reprinted 2010 (Delhi, Palm Leaf Publications)
  2. ed. Sociology in India: Intellectual and Institutional (Rawat, Jaipur, 2010)
  3. ed.  Feminism in India (Women Unlimited/Kali, New Delhi, 2004) (Zed, London, 2005), (Palgrave 2005. 4th edition 2011.
  4. ed.  The Practice of Sociology (Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2003)
  5. co-edited Introducing Sociology (NCERT, Delhi, 2006) (Textbook for class XI)
  6. co-edited Indian Society (Textbook for class XI) (NCERT, Delhi, 2006)
  7. co-edited Structure and Process in Indian Society (Textbook for class XII) (NCERT, Delhi, 2007)
  8. co-edited Change and Development in Indian Society (Textbook for class XII) (NCERT, Delhi, 2007)

Forthcoming Books

  1. Co ed.with Manish Thakur Doing Theory (Delhi, Orient Blackswan)
  2. Recasting India: Gender, media and public discourse (Delhi, Orient Blackswan)

B. Articles/Book Chapters

  1. "National and Global Media Discourse after the savage death of 'Nirbhaya': Instant Access and Unequal Knowledge" in ed. Nadja-Christina Schneider and Fritzi-Marie Titzmann, Studying Youth, Media and Gender in Post-Liberalisation India Frank and Timme, Berlin, 2015. pp. 19-44
  2. "Gender, Media and Popular Culture in a Global India", in ed. Leela Fernandes . Routledge Handbook of Gender in South Asia , Routledge, New York, 2014. pp.145-159.
  3. "Indian Modernity: A Gender Analysis"in Joanna Kurczewska, IshwarModi, Janusz Mucha (Eds.)India between Tradition and Modernity (Rawat Publications, 2014) reprinted. pp. 191-207.
  4. "Theory and Methods in Indian Sociology" in Yogendra Singh Indian Sociology: Emerging Concepts, Structure, and Change, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2014. Pp. 87-134.
  5. "What is 'New' in the New Social Movements? Rethinking Some Old Categories" in ed. Savyasachi and Ravi Kumar Transformative Shifts and Turning Points, Routledge, Delhi, 2014. pp. 159- 185.
  6. Indian "Modernity" and "Tradition": A Gender Analysis', Polish Journal of Sociology 2(178)12 Analysis pp. 281-293.
  7. "Higher education in 'global' India: the need for critical sociology" in Ishwar Modi ed. Education, Religion and Creativity Essays in Honour of Professor Yogendra Singh 2013 (Rawat Jaipur) pp. 3-22.
  8. "Sociology and Social Transformation: Why Revisit this Connection Today? Rajasthan Journal of Sociology Vol. 4 October 2012. Pp.1-15.
  9. Feminism in India: The Tale and its Telling "Décoloniaux Feminisms, Gender and Development ". Reveu Tier Monde (RTM) 209 (University of Paris) January March 2012 pp. 19-36.
  10. "Gender and Globalization: Shifts in Developmental Paradigms" in ed. Biswajit Das's ed. Interrogating Development: Discourses on development in India Today (Jaipur, Rawat, 2011) pp.131-151.
  11. "Gender Discourse and its many Avatars: How Critical? How Mainstream? in ed. Prashant Trivedi ed. The Globalization Turbulence: Emerging Tensions in Indian Society (Jaipur, Rawat 2011) pp.239-267.
  12. Looking Back: The Practice of Sociology at CSSS” in ed. Sujata Patel Doing Sociology in India: Geneologies,  Locations,  and Practices (Delhi, OUP,  2011) pp.158 – 187.
  13. Sociological Knowledge and its Possibilities” Discussion Sociological Bulletin 60(1) January April 2011.Pp.108-114.
  14. Nationalism is not what it used to be: can feminism be any differentNivedini : Journal of Gender Studies Volume 16  November 2010 pp. 120-145.
  15. Indian Media and its Transformed PublicContributions to Indian Sociology Volume 44 (1&2) 2010. pp.57-78.
  16. “The Travels and Travails of the Concept of ‘Gender’” in ed.Maitrayee Chaudhuri Sociology in India: Institutional and Intellectual Practices  (Jaipur, Rawat)
  17. “The Family and Its Representation: From Indology to Market Research” ed. Yogendra Singh Social Sciences: Communication, Anthropology and Sociology History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization Vol. XIV Part 2 (Delhi, Pearson 2010) pp. 363-389.
  18. “Multiculturalism: The Story from an Indian Point of View” 2008 International Journal of Humanistic Ideology 1:2 Autumn Winter pp. 67-90.
  19. “Old Issues and New Global Contexts”,  Sociological Bulletin 56:3 September December 2007, pp.438-441. 
  20. "Moving Beyond 'Cultural Dupes' and 'Resistant Readers': Issues of Constraints and Freedom in Contemporary Indian Media, Communicator, Journal of Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Vol.  XXXX No.1 January-June 2005 pp. 5-26.
  21. "A Question of Choice: Advertisements, Media and Democracy" 2005 in ed. Bernard Bel et al Media and Mediation Communication Processes Vol. 1. ( Sage, New Delhi) pp.199-226.
  22. "Sociology in Schools and Colleges" The Book Review October 2005  p.21-22.
  23. "Betwixt State and Everyday Life: Identity Formation among Bengali Migrants in a Delhi Slum" in ed. Meenakshi Thapan Migration and Gender in Asia (Sage, New Delhi, 2005) pp. 284-311.
  24. “Notes on Domestic Workers in Delhi” Occasional Papers of the Institute of Chinese Studies
  25. "The Concept of Culture in My Classroom and in Globalised Times" in ed. Maitrayee Chaudhuri The Practice of Sociology (Orient Longman: New Delhi, 2003)
  26. "Women in Indian Society" ed. Yogendra Singh A Book of Readings in Sociology National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, 2003)
  27. "Learning through teaching sociology of women" Indian Journal of Gender Studies  9:2 (2002)pp.
  28. "Media, Civil Society and the recent Gujarat carnage in India" Women in Action No.1 2002.
  29. "Gender and Advertisements: The Rhetoric of Globalisation", Women's Studies International Forum 2001 Vol. 24 No3/4 pp. 373-385 Reprinted in Joseph Turow and Matthew McAllister The Advertising and Consumer Culture Reader (Routledge 2009) Ch.11.
  30. Review Article "Family Values" The Little Magazine July August 2001pp. 58-60.
  31. "What Does Gender Have to do with Culture" Women's Link Vol. 7, No.3 July-September 2001, pp. 2-8.
  32. "The Woman's Question and Modernity: The Indian Story" in ed. Abha Awasthi and A.K. Srivastava Modernity, Feminism and Women Empowerment (Jaipur: Rawat 2001)pp.79-96.
  33. "Feminism" in Print Media' Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 7:2 (2000) pp.263-288
  34. Review Article titled "Analysing Gender and Societal Patterns" Book Review September 2000. pp.13-16.
  35. "Gender and the Indian Nation State" Sociological Bulletin 48 (1&2), (2000) also reprinted in ed. S.L. Sharma and T.K.Oommen Nation and National Identity in South Asia (Orient Longman, New Delhi, 2000) pp. 113-133. Also included in Sharmila Rege ed. Sociology and Gender (Sage, New Delhi, 2004) pp.
  36. "Women and Models of Nation Building: Some Changing Agendas" in Anand Kumar ed. Nationalism and Nation Building (Radiant, New Delhi 1999)
  37. Review Article on "Sociology and Feminist Interventions" Book Review February 1999.
  38. "The World of Advertisement and the Meaning of Globalisation" in Rajmohini Sethi ed. Globalisation, Culture and Social Change (Rawat,Jaipur, 1998)
  39. "Advertisements, Print Media and the New Indian Woman" Social Action 48:3 July 1998. pp.239-252.
  40. "Among my Own in Another Culture: Meeting the Asian Indian American" in Meenakshi Thapan ed. volume Anthropological Journeys :Reflections From the Field (Orient Longman, New Delhi, 1998)
  41. "Citizens, Workers and Cultural Emblems: An Analysis of the First Plan Document of India 1938" Contributions to Indian Sociology December 1995. Also reproduced in Patricia Uberoi Social Reform, Sexuality and the State (New Delhi, Sage, 1996) and Mary John ed. Women Studies Reader (Delhi, Penguin 2008)
  42. "Engendering the State, Community and the Family", Trends in Indian Social Sciences, June 1995.
  43. The Nineteenth Century Social Movement and the Women's Question" Women's Link 4 (4) October-December 1994.
  44. "Education and Women's Education: Are They Part of the Same Story" Women's Link 4(2) May-July 1994.
  45. "Sociology and Women's Studies", Social Scientist, October 1982.pp .21-29.


  1. "Feminism in India" entry for Keywords in Modern Indian Studies, Oxford University Press (Delhi) in the series "SOAS Studies on South Asia" edited by Gita Dharampal-Frick, et al. 2015.
  2. "Self and Society" B.Ed Textbook Identities, Socialization and Schooling NCERT 2015.
  3. "Diverse Selves, Diverse Societies" B.Ed. Textbook Identities, Socialization and Schooling NCERT 2015.
  4. "Ecology and Virtue in Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, Sultana's Dream (1905)" in Feminist Moments, eds. Kathy Smits and Susan Bruce, Bloomsbury Academic 2015.
  5. "Social Science, University and Globalization: Challenges and Possibilities" Dibrugarh University Colloquium, Dibrugarh University. 2015.
  6. 'How (if at all) is gender relevant to comparative philosophy?' Confluence: Online Journal of World Philosophies Autumn 2016.

Courses Taught

1. MA Compulsory Courses
Concepts and Theories of Social Change in India
Methodology of Social Sciences
Sociological Thinkers
Sociological Theory

2. MA Optional Courses
Women and Society in India: A Comparative Perspective
Globalization, International Institutions and Society

3. MPhil Compulsory Courses
Theoretical Orientations in Sociological Analysis
Methods of Social Sciences

4. MPhil Optional Courses
Democracy, Mass Media and Nation-building
Ethnic Groups and Communities: Problems of Identity and Nation-building

Important Lectures Delivered

  1. "Why study the Social Sciences and Humanities? Liberal Education and Gender in 21st Century India". First Vinita Wanchoo Lecture. Isabella Therborne College, Lucknow, 11th March 2015.
  2. "Thinking About Social Sciences: Specificity and Significance Plenary Session, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Columbo, Sri Lanka. December 2nd 2014.
  3. Valedictory Address in the Seminar The Gender Question in Punjab and Haryana: Legal, Political and Cultural Dimension, Centre for the Study of Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, CPEPA (UGC) Chandigarh University, Chandigarh 28th. November 2014.
  4. "Gender Rights, Cultural Rights: Looking Anew at the Uniform Civil Code Debate" Terway Memorial Convocation Address, Kanoria P.G. Mahila Mahavidyala Centenary Celebrations, Jaipur. November 19th 2014.
  5. "The Significance of Teaching Social Sciences: Challenges and Possibilities" Plenary Session on "Teachers, Educational Practice and Social Change" The Fifth International Conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) on the theme 'Education, Politics and Social Change' University of Delhi from 16th November, 2014.
  6. Keynote Address, in ICCR sponsored seminar on Gender Discriminations and Inequalities in Contemporary India: Status, Causes and Solutions, Baba Saheb Ambedkar University, Lucknow. November 11th 2014.
  7. "Nationalisms and Globalization: Imperatives of Capital and Passions of Nationalism" Anita Baruah Sharma Memorial Lecture Guwahati University, Guwahati 31st October 2014.
  8. "Mediaand Indian Society Today" Valedictory Address, 37th Refresher Course in Sociology, Academic Staff College. Jawaharlal Nehru University 17thOctober 2014.
  9. "National and Global Media Discourse after the savage death of 'Nirbhaya': Instant Access and Unequal Knowledge"Graduate Institute, Geneva. 23rd September 2015.
  10. Panel Discussion. "The End of Television? - An Expert Workshop on the Future of Television in South Asia and Arab Countries" KOSMOS workshop: "Media, Social Movements and the New Indian Middle Class in India", 20 Sep 2014 in Berlin.
  11. "Globalization and Social Sciences: New Challenges, Old Resources and the Need to Theorize" Plenary Session, February 15th 2014, 12th Asiaand Pacific Sociological Association (APSA) International Conference, Chiang Mai University. February 15-16, 2014.
  12. "The Many Intersections of Feminisms and Sociologies: Revisiting Questions of Locations and Disciplines in a Global Context." Keynote Address January 29th National Seminar on Genders, Feminisms and Sociologies: Towards a state of altered-ness Department of Sociology, Mumbai University, Mumbai. Jan 29th to Jan 31st, 2014
  13. "Economy, culture, globalization and that matter of theory: A view from the south" Keynote address. 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Nov. 22 - 23, 2013.
  14. "Betwixt the global and national: multiple discourses, many convergences and the brutal end to a young life in New Delhi", Keynote address International Conference, New Media Configurations - Changing Societies? 28th November. The Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt, University Berlin, Germany. 28-30 November 2013.
  15. Media" Old and New: Of Transformed Selves and Public" Valedictory Address, National Seminar: New Media and Social Change, Department of Sociology, University of Punjab, Chandigarh March 27-28, 2012
  16. "The power and limits of concepts: rethinking feminism, rethinking rights" Valedictory Address at National Conference on "Rethinking Feminism: Human Rights Approach to Women Empowerment" organizedbythe Department of Political Science in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission and Department of Life Long Learning, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. 4th March 2012.
  17. "Indian Sociology and the Contemporary Global Context" in a National Workshop titled "Contemporary Sociology in India: Theory, Research and Practice" Keynote Address. Sponsored by UGC, Government College Kota 5th November 2012.
  18. "The Concept of Gender: Past, Present and Future" Keynote Address in a Conference on Gender: Past, Present and Future. Gorakhpur. 29th November 2011
  19. "Sociology and Social Transformation: Why Revisit this relationship"? Keynote Address Rajasthan Sociological Association, XVIII Rajasthan Sociological Conference, organized by the department of Sociology, Govt. College, Kota. Rajasthan, 10th October 2011.
  20. 'Contemporary India: A Gender Perspective". Watson Institute, Brown University, USA 5th April 2011.
  21. The Changing Public Discourse in India. Anthropology Department. Brown University. USA. 7th April 2011.
  22. "The Indian Women's Movement Today: India Today", The Graduate Institute, Geneva, 9th November 2010.
  23. "Was Intersectional Analysis Ever a Matter of Choice for Indian Feminism: Recognizing Theory", as a member for the Switzerland Doctor School on Gender, Visp, Switzerland, 10th November 2010.
  24. "Against gender?" 4th June 2009, University of Brown, Rhode Island, USA.
  25. "Affirming Unity, Negotiating Diversity" Seminar on Multiculturalism, Chiang Maim Bangkok August 22nd to 27th 2009.
  26. "Revisiting the debates on the nation and nationalism in India" Integrative Session, World Congress of Sociology, Durban, South Africa 27th July 2006 "
  27. "Sociology of Culture and the Contexts of Globalization", Albert Ludwigs-University, Freiburg, Germany 16th June 2003.
  28. "Liberalisation, Advertisements and Representation of Women" Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge,May 1996.
  29. "The Contemporary Women's Movement in India", Women Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 4 March 1996.
  30. "Many Paths, Many Visions: Dialogues on Feminism", Women and International Development, Joint Harvard/MIT group, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, 9 March 1996.
  31. State, Community and Gender: Historicizing the Uniform Civil Code", Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, February 1996.