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Dr Gayatri Nair

Assistant Professor , Hyderabad campus

School of Public Policy and Governance

M.A in Sociology (University of Pune),
M.Phil & Ph.D.in Sociology (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Gayatri Nair is Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance, TISS Hyderabad. Gayatri has studied in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune and has completed her M.Phil and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral research explored contestations for rights on urban commons, specifically the fisheries, in the context of a capitalist transformation.

Gayatri teaches courses on the sociology of public policy and urbanisation. She also offers a Policy area Concentration on Urbanisation.

Gayatri's research interests lie at the interstices of urbanisation and social conflict with a focus on its impact on labour. She is also interested in a study of popular culture specifically related to questions of caste and gender.

  • Representations of Rape in Popular Culture: Gone Girl and Badlapur' (Co-authored with Dipti Tamang). In International Feminist Journal of Politics, Volume 18, Issue 4, 14th December, 2016 (Taylor and Francis)
  • Conference Proceedings- ' Caste, Class and Consumption; Deciphering the Politics of the Beef Ban'. In Dr. B. R. Ambedkar's Vision of Economic Development in India (Ed.) Dr. Sridevi, ( Delhi: Excel Publishers, ISBN: 9789385777912)
  • ' The Bitter Aftertaste of the Beef Ban; Choice ,Caste and Consumption'. In Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 51, Issue 10, 2016.
  • ‘Structures of Discrimination: A Response’ (co- authored with Rahul Menon). In Economic and Political Weekly, Volume 48, Issue 15 , 2013.
  • 'Fade in …Fade Out: Mapping the Emergence and Disappearance of the Vamp on the Terrain of Hindi Cinema’ In Exploring the Popular: Texts, Identities and Politics, (Pune: Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Center, 2008)
  • Contributed to ‘Isn’t this Plate Indian? Dalit Memories and Histories about Food’, (Pune: Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule Women’s Studies Center, 2009)


  • ‘Upholding Patriarchy in the Name of Choice’ in The Hindu, January 31st, 2013 (Web Edition)
  • 'The Sate of Dalit Society in India' in Malayala Manorama Yearbook, 2017, pp 806-811. ( Manorama, Kottayam).

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Gayatri has previously taught Sociology at Kamla Nehru College, University of Delhi and Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune.

She is currently teaching courses on:

  1. Urban Identities and Governance
  2. Civil Society, New Social Movements and Public Policy
  3. Urbanization and Development (Offered at the Development Studies Programme)

Email: gayatri.nair[at]tiss[dot]edu

Gayatri Nair

Assistant Professor,

School of Public Policy and Governance

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Roda Mistry College of Social Work Campus

Opposite Bio-Diversity Complex

Gachibowli Road

Hyderabad- 500008

Telangana India

Ph: 09654794656

Email: gayatri.nair@tiss.edu