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Rowena Robinson

Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), IIT Bombay

Research Areas

  • Structural inequality and ethnic conflict
  • Minority studies
  • Law and public policy
  • Gender and society
  • Civil society, law and everyday morality
  • Academic Background

    PhD in social anthropology, Trinity College, Cambridge (1994)

    Master of Philosophy in sociology, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (1991)

    Master of Arts in sociology, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (1990)

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English literature, University of Delhi (1988)

    Select Publications

    2021. Minority citizens and the incivility of caste. In Suryakant Waghmore and Hugo Gorringe, eds., Civility in crisis: Democracy, equality and the majoritarian challenge in India. New York: Routledge

    2016. (with Wasim Raja, Hiten Choudhury and Dhruba J Saikia). Sociology of education and higher education systems. Economic and Political Weekly 51, 9: 67-73

    2015. In search of fraternity: Constitutional law and the context of housing discrimination in India. Economic and Political Weekly 50, 26-27: 54-62

    2014. (with DhrubaSaikia). Debating higher education in India – areas of silence, NMML (Nehru Memorial Museum and Library) Occasional Paper, Perspectives in Indian Development Series No. 37

    2012. Ed. Minority Studies. Oxford India Studies in Contemporary Society. New Delhi: Oxford University Press

    2010. Boundary battles: Muslim women and community identity in the aftermath of violence. Women’s Studies International Forum 33, 3: 365-373

    Courses Taught


  • Contemporary urban India: sociological perspective
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Postgraduate

  • Anthropology and disaster
  • Advanced theory of society
  • Research methodology in social sciences
  • Socio-psychological perspectives in development and change
  • Development planning and policies: Issues and alternatives
  • Law, rights, governance and development
  • Communication skills