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Soma Chaudhuri, PhD

Assistant Professor

2008 PhD, Vanderbilt University
2005 MA, Vanderbilt University
2000 MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)
1998 BA, Presidency College (India)



Dr. Chaudhuri's work spans two areas in sociology (gender and social movements), linked by her common interest on violence against women (VAW). Broadly her research explores how structural and institutional level gender inequalities further disadvantage women in the grassroots through the use of violence. Further, she is interested in understanding how non-governmental-organizations (NGO) that work towards reducing gender inequalities, mobilize community women against their own religious and cultural practices that create such inequalities in the first place. Previously, she has worked on a number of projects in United States and India, including on witchcraft accusations, domestic violence among south Asian immigrants, women’s movements on jury and property rights, SlutWalks, and movements against rape in India. Dr. Chaudhuri's current project funded by a National Science Foundation grant, explores how women participants in various empowerment programs, are able to strategize against domestic violence in grassroots communities. The project is located in Gujarat, India



Witches, Activists, and Bureaucrats: Navigating Gatekeeping in Qualitative Research.

Year: 2017 Authors: Chaudhuri, S. Journal: International Journal of Sociology. 47(2), 131-145.

‘No Shaming This Slut’: Strategic Frame Adaptation and North American SlutWalk Campaigns

Year: 2015 Authors: Maginot, K. B. & Chaudhuri S. Journal: Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change vol. 38

Rape Protests in India and the Birth of a New Repertoire

Year: 2015 Authors: Chaudhuri, S., & Fitzgerald, S. Journal: Social Movement Studies

Marriage Migration, Patriarchal Bargains and Wife Abuse: A Study of South Asian Women

Year: 2014 Authors: Chaudhuri, S., Morash, M., & Yingling, J. Journal: Violence Against Women

Witches, Tea Plantations, and Lives of Migrant Laborers in India: Tempest in a Teapot

Year: 2013 Authors: Chaudhuri, Soma Publisher: Lexington Books, A division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishers