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

Measuring Violence, Erasing Struggles: Hermeneutical Injustice in Domestic Violence Research. (Forthcoming).
Gender: Visibility and Erasure (Advances in Gender Research, Vol 33), Emerald Publishing Limited. 

Intersectional Grievances in Care-work: Framing Inequalities of Gender, Class, and Caste (2020) 
Mobilization: An International Quarterly 25(4):493-512. 

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)

Gender, Domestic Violence, and Patterns of Conviction: Analysis of India’s Supreme Court Rulings (2015)
Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research 9: 45-72
(with Mangala Subramaniam)

Understanding the State: 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 (2019)
Pp 55-65 in Women’s and Gender Studies in India: Crossings edited by Anu Aneja. New York: Routledge. 
(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)


2021: Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award Finalist, Western Carolina University

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.


Environmental Sociology
Ethnographic Research Methods
Sociology of Developing Nations
Sociology of Gender 
Global Society
Human Society