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Prof. Sreeparna Chattopadhyay

Prof. Sreeparna Chattopadhyay

Ph.D. 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, S. (2022). Individuals, institutions, and the global political economy: Unpacking intentionality in obstetric violence. In A. Pande (Ed.), Birth controlled- Selective reproduction and neoliberal eugenics in South Africa and India. (pp 210-238). Manchester University Press.

  • Chattopadhyay, S (2021) Witnessing Vulnerability and the Vulnerable Witness – Gendering Emotions in Fieldwork. R. M. Perez and L. Fruzzetti (Ed.) in Transdisciplinary ethnography in India - Women in the field (pp 69-85 )Routledge, London. 

  • Chattopadhyay, S (2020) “The Art of the Possible: An Exploration of Artistic Interventions to Address Marital Rape in India” In G Torres and K. Yllo (Ed.) Conceptualizing sexual violence in marriage:  Research and Policy. Edited by Gabriela Torres and Krsti Yllo. (pp139-156) Routledge, London.


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

  • 2020: Gendered and Sexual Violence During the Pandemic (Webinar) with Dr. Nicola Henry (Associate Professor, RMIT University, Australia). Responding to the Physical and Mental Health Needs of Survivors of Marital Sexual Violence - April 2020, Talking Research.


  • March 2022 Ethics, Gender and Fieldwork. Book launch of Transdisciplinary Ethnography in India, Panel organised by Doing Sociology along with Professors Lina M Fruzzetti, Department of Anthropology, Brown University and Rosa M Perez, Visiting Professor, Department of HSS, IIT, Gandhinagar.

  • March 2022 Technology facilitated violence against women, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER Mohali.

  • November 2021 Maternal health and state development in India, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Hyderabad.


  • 24th March 2022 “The serious public health burden of gender-based violence” The Mint

  • 24th January 2022 “The country must criminalise marital rape right away” The Mint

  • 17th December 2021 “Here's why the move to increase women's age of marriage is a red herring” The Wire

  • 1st April 2021 “Assam, worst state for violence against women, gets a women's poll manifesto” India Spend.

  • 6th July 2021 Suraj Jacob and S. Chattopadhyay “When it comes to dismissing domestic violence aren’t we all Josephines?” The Wire

  • 11th December 2020 Chattopadhyay, S., and P. Srinidhi “Centre's proposal to allow AYUSH doctors to perform surgeries is a lose-lose game.” The Wire