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Dr Sai Thakur

Assistant Professor , Tuljapur campus

School of Rural Development

M.A. (Pune), Ph.D. (IIT-B)

Dr. Sai Thakur is an Assistant Professor at TISS Tuljapur campus. She teaches in BA, MA, MPhil programmes offered in the campus. She nurtures a longstanding interest in sociology and anthropology of caste, gender and thus is specifically interested in issues of Shudra (OBC), Dalits and other marginalized communities. 

Sociology of caste and gender,

Gender and kinship,

Sociology of religion, minorities

Tribes and nomadic tribes


Thakur, Sai. 2019.  Gender kinship and marriage practices: The egalitarian ethos of wife-givers and wife takers among the Agaris of Maharashtra. Indian Anthropologist 49(1): 1-14.

Thakur, Sai and Shewli Kumar. 2019. Sexual harassment in academic spaces: a comparative analysis of legal processes in India and Pakistan. Jindal Global Law Review, (), 1-24  DOI 10.1007/s41020-019-00096-z.

Thakur, Sai and Byasa Moharana. 2018. Bhima Koregaon and the politics of subaltern. Economic and Political Weekly 53(7): 12-14.

Thakur, Sai. 2017. Historicizing the ethnography of caste: some theoretical and methodological issues in Pathways of Creative Research: Towards a Festival of Dialogues edited by Anant Kumar Giri Published by Shipra Publications, New Delhi as part of its newly launched series Creative Multiverse, 2017.

Thakur, Sai. 2014. ’Representation’ of OBCs in Higher Education: A Response. Economic and Political Weekly 49(22): 152-155. May 31, 2014.



Thakur, Sai. 2019. Agari samaj va jaminiche rajkaran (1920-1947): Narayan Nagu Patil, Ambedkar and Agari shetkaryancha sampa. Samaj Prabodhan Patirka 57(227): 15-22.

Thakur, Sai. 2016. “mumbaicha vikas ani agari samajache tyatil sthan” (The development of Mumbai city and Agari community). In Shruti Tambe (ed.) vedh shaharancha: samajik avakash, kalpita ani dhorane (Understanding cities: Social space, imaginings, and policies).


Completed a Research titled Saltmakers of Mumbai in 2015 funded by PUKAR and TISS Research Council (2013-2015).

Mid-term appraisal of 11th Five year plan for Andaman and Nicobar Islands (2009- 2010).

Submitted project report titled The impact of reservation policy on higher education in India (January 2008 – July 2009). The study was commissioned by National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) in January 2008. The report is based on primary and secondary data. The primary data was collected from sample of nine universities and institutes spread across three states (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, Delhi). The chief sources of secondary data were NSS, Census of India and NFHS. 


Qualtiative Research Methods

Introduction to Sociology and Social Anthropology

Social Exclusion in contemporary India

Sociological Theory

Email: sai[at]tiss[dot]edu

Email: sai[at]tiss[dot]edu

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