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Roshni ChattopadhyayCohort 2020


  • BA, English Literature, Presidency College, Calcutta University, India
  • MA, English, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (Lucknow Campus), India
  • MPhil, Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India


I am interested in the study of, gender, indigeneity, law, political economy, ethnography, state formations and democratic politics in India. In my graduate research project, I will look at the political economy of Majhi Pargana (the traditional  institution of community governance and dispute resolution) system of Santhal tribes living in Birbhum district of West Bengal, India.

Before coming to graduate school, I have worked on different research projects housed at the Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. The first project explored how grassroots NGOs across India are intervening to address child marriage and what are the microscopic changes that are happening as a result. The second project based out of three metropolitan cities in India addressed the experiences of discriminations faced by people of non-normative genders and sexualities in different sectors (education, housing, health, public spaces and others). The third project looked into workers’ rights and labour exploitations in different informal sectors (quarrying, sex work, sugarcane cutting, brick kiln, caste based bonded labour etc) and the organising histories of the workers in a way to challenge the global discourses of workers driven initiatives and ‘modern slavery’ and the incarceration of ‘trafficked’ people.

Advisor: Dr. Knauft