Satish Deshpande


Ph.D. (University of California)

Research Interests: Caste and Class Inequalities, Contemporary Social Theory, Politics and History of the Social Sciences and South-South Interactions.


Brief Introduction

Satish Deshpande, M.A. (Economics) (J.N.U.), M.A., Ph.D. (California), was Professor of Sociology.  His research interests include caste and class inequalities, contemporary social theory, politics and history of the social sciences and south-south interactions.  He is the author of Contemporary India: A Sociological View (2003) and co-author (with Ghanshyam Shah, Harsh Mander, Sukhadeo Thorat and Amita Baviskar) of Untouchability in Rural India (2006).  He has edited The Problem of Caste (2014), and co-edited the following volumes:  Anthropology in the East, Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology (2007, with Patricia Uberoi and Nandini Sundar);  Beyond Inclusion: The Practice of Equal Access in Indian Higher Education (2013, with Usha Zacharias); and Sectarian Violence in India: Hindu-Muslim Conflict, 1966-2015 (2019, with Sanjay Palshikar).

Prof. Deshpande retired from the Department in April, 2023.