Meenakshi Thapan


Ph.D. (University of Delhi)

Research Interests: Sociology of education, sociology of migration and gender studies.


Brief Introduction

Meenakshi Thapan, M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D. (Delhi), is Professor of Sociology. She is also Co-ordinator, D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, University of Delhi. Her research interests are sociology of education, sociology of migration and gender studies. She is the author of Life at School: An Ethnographic Study (1991, second edition, 2006). She has edited Embodiment: Essays on Gender and Identity (1997); Anthropological Journeys: Reflections on Fieldwork (1998); Transnational Migration and the Politics of Identity as part of the general series on ‘Women and Migration in Asia’ (2006). She has co-edited (with Roland Lardinois) Reading Pierre Bourdieu in a dual context: Essays from India and France (2006). She has also authored Living the Body: Embodiment, Womanhood and Identity in Contemporary India (2009) and edited Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India (2014). Professor Thapan retired from the Department of Sociology in September 2019.