Complete CV available here.

Academic Positions

From 2019:  Assistant Professor of Sociology
Western Carolina University


2019: Ph.D. in Sociology
Purdue University
Dissertation Title:  Framing Entitlements, Framing Inequality: How State Policies on Food and Care Enable Women to Challenge or Adapt to Inequality.

2013: MS Sociology
Purdue University
Thesis title: Adjudicating Domestic Violence Cases: Interpretation of Domestic Violence Laws by the Supreme Court in India

2006: M.A., Personnel Management & Industrial Relations,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

2003: B Tech, Electrical & Electronics Engineering,
College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Inequality: Intersections of Gender, Caste, and Class
  • Development
  • Globalization
  • Social Movements
  • Qualitative methods
  • Violence against women
  • South Asia (India)

Peer-reviewed Publications

Intersectional Grievances in Care-work: Framing in a Childcare Workers’ Union in Tamil Nadu, India (Forthcoming)
Mobilization: An International Quarterly

Mainstreaming Gender, Endangered, Ungendered? Analysis of Media Reports of the 2012 Case of Rape in India. (2018)
Gender and the Media: Women’s Places (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 26), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 125-140
(with Soma Chaudhuri and Mangala Subramaniam)

Stranded between the Law, Family, and Society: Women in Domestic Violence and Rulings of India’s Supreme Court (2016)
Current Sociology 64(4): 603-619.
(with Mangala Subramaniam)

Domestic Violence and Intra-family Dynamics: Analysis of India’s Supreme Court Rulings (2015)
Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research 9: 45-72
(with Mangala Subramaniam)

Understanding the Nation-State from a Global South Stand Point: Right to Food Campaign in India (2014)
The Global South 8(2): 101-118
(with Mangala Subramaniam)

Women’s Movement Groups in State Policy Formulation: Addressing Violence against Women (2014)
Indian Anthropologist  44(1): 37-52
(with Mangala Subramaniam and Christopher Bunka)

Book Chapters

Agenda Setting and Agenda Building: Intersections of Gender and Engendering Caste and Class in the Indian Women’s Movement.
Taylor & Francis. Forthcoming.
(with Mangala Subramaniam)

Gender, Caste, and Class: Structural Violence in India (2014)
pp 240-248 in Routledge International Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender edited by Shirley Jackson. UK: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).
(with Mangala Subramaniam)

Policy Briefs

Intellectual Property Rights for New Seed Technologies: Balancing Farmers’ and Breeders’ Rights (2016)
Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) Policy Briefs 3(1) Article 2
(with Andrew Raridon, Leigh Raymond, and Mangala Subramaniam)

Review of the Gender and Social Impacts of Improved Seed Technology in Developing Countries: Policy Implications (2016)
Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) Policy Briefs 3(1) Article 1
(with Andrew Raridon, Leigh Raymond, and Mangala Subramaniam)


2020:  Training Initiative for Asian Law and Society Scholars workshop to be held at National University of Singapore in June 2020. Selected from applicants across the world. [Cancelled due to Covid-19]

2019: College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant ($1000)

2018: Teaching Academy Graduate Teaching Award, Purdue University

2017: Graduate Student Outstanding Teaching Award, Sociology Department

2016-17: Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship for Dissertation Project ($17,215)

2015-17: PROMISE Award, College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University ($2,500)

2015 : Center for Research on Diversity & Inclusion (CRDI), College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Research Award for paper: Krishnan, Preethi and Mangala Subramaniam. “Dowry, Domestic Violence and Gender: Legal interpretations by India’s Supreme Court.”

2014 (Summer): Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security, Center for Global Food Security, Purdue University. Selected from applicants across US universities.

2013: Sociology Department Nominee for CLA Distinguished Master’s Thesis award.

Research Experience

June 2017 to July 2017: “Gender, State, Social Movements, and Rights” (PI: Mangala Subramaniam)

Jan 2015 to Dec 2015: “Gender and Social Impacts of Institutional Arrangements for Improved Seed Technologies” (PI: Mangala Subramaniam)

Summer 2013:  “HIV/AIDS and Rights of Sex Workers” (PI: Mangala Subramaniam)

Independent Instructor

Sociology of Developing Nations
Gender Roles in Society
Global Society
Human Society

Teaching Assistantships

Sociological Theory
Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Introductory Sociology

Graduate Assistantships

2017 – 2018: Assisting the mission of Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University to develop leadership capacity, especially for women, through research, education, and collaborations that advance inclusion and broaden representation in academic decision-making.