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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.


Peer-Reviewed Publications (Journals)

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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]

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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

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

  11. 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]

  12. 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].

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

Book Chapters

  1. Chattopadhyay, S (2020). "The art of the possible: An exploration of artistic interventions to address marital rape in India." In Sexual Violence in Intimacy, edited by Gabriela M Torres and Krsti Yllo.pp. 139-156. Routledge.

Reports and Policy Briefs [2015 onwards]

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

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

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

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

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

Popular Press and Media

  1. 1 st April 2021. Assam Worst State for Violence Against Women, Gets a Women’s Poll Manifesto India Spend 2. 6 th July 2021. Jacob Suraj and S Chattopadhyay When it comes to dismissing marital violence, aren’t we all Josephines? The Wire

  2. 11th December 2020 Chattopadhyay, Sreeparna, and P. Srinidhi Centre's Proposal to Allow AYUSH Doctors to Perform Surgeries Is a Lose-Lose Game. The Wire

  3. 24th February 2020 Bhagwat Is Wrong On Women And Divorce Article 14

  4. 11th Jan, 2019 Victims of Domestic Violence in India Rarely Come Forward or Seek Help The Wire

  5. 10th February 2019 Metoo in India, The Women Left Behind. BBC South Asia

  6. 20th November 2018: International Men’s Day: Men Need A Day Too, But Not For The Reasons MRAs Think So Feminism in India

  7. 10th October 2018: A letter to my daughter: Do not let patriarchy and privilege get to you Feminism in India

  8. 8th February 2018: So Just How Gender Sensitive Is The Budget For 2018? Feminism in India

  9. 12th December 2017: Rina and Rita –The Story of Two Indias and the Iron Grip of Patriarchy  Feminism in India

  10. 8th November 2017: The Global Gender Gap and India’s Worrying Performance Feminism in India

  11. 1st October 2017: Neither Safe Nor Dignified The Hindu 

  12. 27th September 2017: The Fraooqui Judgment: A No Is A No Feminism in India

  13. 20th September 2017: Is Chivalry A Subtle Form of Sexism Feminism in India

  14. 6th September 2017: A Much Needed Conversation About A ‘Gent’s’ Problem: Movie review of Shubh Mangal Savdhan Feminism in India

  15. 5th September 2017: Nirmala Sitharaman’s Appointment Does Not Equal Women’s Empowerment Feminism in India

  16. 11th August 2017: Victim Blaming Feminism in India

  17. 28th July 2017: What The New Supreme Court Ruling Means For Domestic Violence Victims In India Feminism in India

  18. 28th July 2017: Five Things To Tell A Woman Who Says Men Have It Tough Too Feminism in India

  19. 3rd July 2017: Patriarchal Bargains Feminism in India

  20. 9th June 2017: A Note To Graduating Students From A Gender Studies Teacher Feminism in India

  21. 1st June 2017: Everyday Bias At The Workplace Serein Blog

  22. 24th February 2017: Bodoland Families Smart Under Ravages of Climate Change Village Square

  23. With Jyothsna Latha Beliappa 31st March 2015: A Comprehensive Approach To Addressing Child Sexual Abuse In India. Published at A Contrario, An International Law Blog.

  24. 13th Feb 2013 Violence Against Married Women In India - Can The Data Tell Us Anything? Ideas for India