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Prof. Sreeparna Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor - Sociology
Email: sreeparna.c@flame.edu.in
PhD in Cultural and Medical Anthropology from Brown University, 2007; A.M. Cultural Anthropology, Brown University, 2003; Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Economics, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, 2001;

Prof. Sreeparna Chattopadhyay is Associate Professor - Sociology and She received her Doctorate Degree and Master’s in Cultural and Medical Anthropology from Brown University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Prof. Sreeparna has a total work experience of over fourteen years and was associated with PHFI, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, University of East Anglia, Norwich, British Civil Services, London, King’s College, London, UK, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. She has also worked as an independent researcher and as a consultant.

Her research in the last fifteen years has focused on the ways in which gender disadvantages interact with socioeconomic inequities, shaping women’s life trajectories including impacts on health, education, and exposure to violence. Her work has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Vera Campbell Foundation. Her research has been published in several reputed international and national journals and has also been covered by the national press in India, as well as internationally by the BBC. She has worked for the government, academia, and non-profits in India, the US and the UK.




  • Chattopadhyay, Sreeparna, and Suraj Jacob. “Changing Birth Practices in India: Oils, Oxytocin and Obstetrics.” South Asia Research, (July 2022). https://doi.org/10.1177/02627280221105126. Full text is available here.

  • Chattopadhyay, S (2022) “Individuals, institutions, and the global political economy: unpacking intentionality in obstetric violence” in Birth controlled- Selective reproduction and neoliberal eugenics in South Africa and India. pp 210-242 Edited by Amrita Pande. Manchester University Press. https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526160546/ Full text of the chapter is available here.


  • Sen, Gita, Aditi Iyer, Chattopadhyay, Sreeparna and Khosla, Rajat. (2020) "When accountability meets power: Realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights." International Journal for Equity in Health 19, no. 1 1-11


  • Chattopadhyay, S. (2019) “The Responses of Health Systems to Marital Sexual Violence – A Perspective from Southern India”. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2018.1494235

  • Jacob, S and Chattopadhyay, S (2019) “Speaking of Abuse: The Pyramid of Reporting Domestic Violence in India”. Economic and Political Weekly. 54(1): 53-63. [ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846]


  • Chattopadhyay, S. (2018). “The Shifting Axes of Marginalities: The Politics of Identities Shaping Women’s Experiences during Childbirth in Northeast India”. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 1–8. https://doi.org/10.1080/09688080.2018.1502022


  • Chattopadhyay, S., Mishra, A., Jacob, S. (2017) “Safe Yet Violent: Women’s Experiences with Obstetric Violence during Hospital Births in Rural Northeast India” Culture, Health and Sexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2017.1384572

  • Chattopadhyay, S. (2017): “Gendering Legal Discourse: A Critical Feminist Analysis of Domestic Violence Adjudication in India” The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development, University of Warwick


  • Behera, A. K., Mishra, A., & Chattopadhyay, S. (2016). “A Real Man!” Global Health Action, 9(10): 34. http://doi.org/10.3402/gha.v9.34140

  • Jacob, S and Chattopadhyay, S (2016) “Marriage Dissolution in India – Evidence from the 2011 Census”. Economic and Political Weekly 51(33): 25-27.


  • Ghosh, S. (2015) “The Political Economy of Domestic Violence in a Mumbai Slum: An Ethnographic Analysis” Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 27(2): 1-24

  • Belliappa, J.L. and Ghosh, S. (2015) “Addressing Child Sexual Abuse in India through Legislation, Sexuality Education and Teacher Training”. A38 Journal of International Law 4(1): 134 [ISSN 2277-9361]


  • Ghosh, S (2011) “Watching, Blaming, Silencing, Intervening: Exploring the Role of the Community in Preventing Domestic Violence in India”. Practicing Anthropology, 33(3): 22-26. Society for Applied Anthropology. [ISSN: 0888-4552].


  • Chattopadhyay, S. (2006) “Rakter Dosh, Corrupting Blood: The challenges of Thalassemia Prevention in West Bengal”. Social Science and Medicine 63(10): 2661-2673.


  • Chattopadhyay, S (2022) “Individuals, institutions, and the global political economy: unpacking intentionality in obstetric violence” in Birth controlled- Selective reproduction and neoliberal eugenics in South Africa and India. pp 210-242 Edited by Amrita Pande. Manchester University Press.

  • Chattopadhyay, S (2021) “Witnessing Vulnerability and the Vulnerable Witness – Gendering Emotions in Fieldwork” in Transdisciplinary Ethnography in India. Pp 69-85 Edited by Rosa Maria Perez and Lina Fruzzetti. Routledge, London.

  • Chattopadhyay, S (2020) “The Art of the Possible: An Exploration of Artistic Interventions to Address Marital Rape in India” in Conceptualizing Sexual Violence in Marriage:  Research and Policy. pp139-146 Edited by Gabriela Torres and Krsti Yllo. Routledge, London.


Book Reviews

  • Chattopadhyay, S (forthcoming), Mitra, D. Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought. 2020. Princeton University Press in Contributions to Indian Sociology.

  • Chattopadhyay, S. (2018), Deomampo, D. Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India. New York: New York University Press. 2016. 286pp. Sociology of Health and Illness, 40: 598-600. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12565

Review and Editorial Activities

  • Editor: Feminist Anthropology (Starting January 2023)

  • Reviewer: Global Public Health, Reproductive Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, Violence Against Women, BMC, Culture, Health and Sexuality and manuscript reviewer for Routledge.

Reports and Policy Briefs [2015 onwards]

  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay and H.S. Srikanta Murthy (May 2018) Engendering Social Transformation Through an Educational Intervention Lessons from the Samata Project. Practice Insight, Azim Premji University.

  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Priya Pillai and Kavitha D.L (April 2017) “Intimate Partners Learn About Healthy Masculinity”, Intervention Brief. Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) and STRIVE, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Priya Pillai and H.S. Srikantamurthy (April 2017) “Mentoring adolescent boys to reduced gender-based violence”. KHPT and STRIVE, LSHTM

  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Priya Pillai and H.S. Srikantamurthy (April 2017) “Fostering adolescent girl leaders”. KHPT and STRIVE, LSHTM.

  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Priya Pillai and H.S. Srikantamurthy (April 2017) “Schools become safer and friendly for girls”. KHPT and STRIVE, LSHTM

  • Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Priya Pillai and H.S. Srikantamurthy (April 2017) “Creating village champions for girls’ education”. KHPT and STRIVE, LSHTM.

 Grants and Awards


  • School of Advanced Research, University of New Mexico - Marital Rape in Global Context: Social Suffering, Adverse Health Consequences, and Culturally Sensitive Interventions.

  • Medical Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Healthy Crossroads in Pregnancy Care (HCPC) - A Scoping and Participatory Design Study of the Potential for ICTs to Improve Maternal Health in India (Co-PI)


Internal Faculty Research Grant from the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Maternal Health in Assam.


Irmgard Coninx Foundation Award for Population Politics and Human Rights (Berlin) on the Politics of Population Control in India. 


  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York, US. Dissertation Writing Grant

  • Population Reference Bureau Bridges Fellow Award, Washington DC, US

  • Brown University Dissertation Fellowship, US 


National Science Foundation Dissertation, US (Fieldwork) Grant


Population Reference Bureau Bridges Fellow Award, Washington DC, US


Hewlett Fellowship, Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University, US.

Select Talks, Conference Papers, and Workshops (2015 onward)
Academic Research



  • Planetary concerns and (non)reproduction – A view from urban India, Panel on More than Human Relationships and Toxic Environments: Multispecies Futures at the Reproductive Futures Conference, Tampere University, Finland, 14th-16th June 2022.

  • Mobilising Methods in Medical Anthropology organized by the Royal Anthropological Institute, London session on Ethics and Accountability in Interdisciplinary Health Research co-convener of a roundtable, January 2022 (with Bregje De Kok, University of Amsterdam)

  • Digital Misogyny- Technology Facilitated Violence Against Women in India Invited lecture by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali on as part of the Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI initiative of the GoI), March 2022  


    • Maternal Health, State Capacity, and Development Trajectories in India Invited Lecture by the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, November 2021.                                                                                                                                  

    • Violence Against Women Invited speaker by Orissa Economics Associationfor Consultative Workshopunder the ambit of Odisha Vision 2036, October 2021                                                                                                    

    • Panelist on the theme of anthropological methodologies and archival research for the book launch Transdisciplinary Ethnography in India: Women in the Field, organized by Doing Sociology, New Delhi.


  • Gendered and Sexual Violence During the Pandemic (Webinar) with Dr. Nicola Henry (Associate Professor, RMIT University, Australia), October 2020. Talking Research

  • Responding to the Physical and Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Marital Sexual Violence - (Podcast) April 2020, Talking Research


Evolving a Legal Framework for Sexual Violence – A Health Systems Approach.Paper presented at the Symposium on Law and Public Health, NALSAR, Hyderabad, 15th-16th February


  • Reproductive Justice, Ethics, and Access to Safe Abortions in India.Paper presented at the 14th World Congress of  Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference, Bangalore, India, 5th-7th December 2018.

  • Sexual Violence as a Public Health Problem - Keynote Speech of the Inaugural Nobel Lecture Series, Bangalore Central University, Bangalore, India- 18th November 2018.

  • The politics of the possible- An exploration of artistic interventions for marital rape paper presented at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico on a global seminar on marital rape and intimate partner violence.

  • Oils, Oxytocin, and Obstetrics – Situating Changing Birthing Practices and Development Praxis in Rural Northeast India. Presented at the South Asia Seminar Series, Watson Institute, Brown University, October 11th, 2018

  • Freedom of Speech or Gender-based violence? Analysing Digital Misogyny in India,with Srijan Mandal. Paper presented at the National Conference on Gender-Based Violence at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai – Feb 1st-2nd, 2018.


Embodied Suffering- Gender, Violence And Health In Assam. Workshop co-organized with the Omeo Kumar Das Institute (OKD, ICSSR Institute Guwahati) on the 7th of April, 2017.


Making the Personal Political- Consensus and Contestation in a Course Exploring Gender Justice for M.A. Students. Indian Association for Women’s Studies, Chennai, 22nd to 25th January, 2017.


  • Safe Yet Violent? Encountering Obstetric Violence in Institutional Births in Rural India. Joint paper with Arima Mishra and Suraj Jacob. Presented at the American Anthropology Association, Minneapolis, 16th-20th November 2016.

  • The Pyramid of Reporting Domestic Violence in India. Joint paper with Suraj Jacob presented at the International Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, 16th-19th March 2016.

  • At the Threshold of Life and Death, a curated photo exhibition on maternal health in conflict regions in India. Rangoli Arts, Centre, Bangalore, India. February, 2016.


Policy Interventions to Address Female School Dropouts in Karnataka – Paper presented at a conference organized by the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Dharwad, Karnataka, 20th-21st June

Popular Press & Media

 Media Appearances or Research Cited in the Media