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Dr Ujithra Ponniah

Assistant Professor , Hyderabad campus

School of Gender Studies

MA in Development Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)
M.Phil and PhD in Sociology (Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi)

Ujithra Ponniah is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Gender Studies, TISS Hyderabad. She has an MPhil and PhD in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Her PhD focuses on the reproduction of an urban elite business caste with a focus on their gender question.

Ujithra has worked with national and international research organisations as a consultant focussing on the food security and nutritional status of particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG) in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Rajasthan; agrarian land relations and gender in parts of North India; Dalit political leadership and the historical construction of marginalised categories in cornerstone United Nations documents.

Ujithra’s research interests include the interface of caste community, gender and business; marriage; elite relations; and urban self-care practices. She is also interested in analysing social safety net and urban development related public policies through a gender lens. 

  • Managing Marriages through ‘Self-Improvement’: Women and ‘New Age’ Spiritualities in Delhi’, South Asia: Journal of South 'Asian Studies, Volume 40, 2017 (Taylor and Francis).
  • ‘Reproducing Elite Lives: Women in Aggarwal Family-Businesses.’ In a special volume on India’s Economic Elites, South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ), Volume 15, 2017.
  • ‘Dalit Studies,’ (Co-authored with Dr. Surinder Singh Jodhka). In Oxford Bibliographies in ‘Anthropology’, 2017.
  • ‘Sexual Violence’, (Co-authored with Aparna Eswaran). In Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XLVII, Issue 10, 2013.
  • Numerous book reviews in noted journals related to capital, market and state relations, indigenous struggles for self-determination, dalit rights and ethnographic studies.

1. Conditional cash transfers (CCT) and child marriages in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh-2018


2. Shelter Homes for women in Telangana-2018

  • Sociological and Anthropological Concepts (Bachelors)
  • Gender: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (Bachelors)
  • Post-structural Transformations in India (Bachelors)
  • Women, Work and Well Being (Masters)
  • Gender and Development (Masters)

Email: ujithra.ponniah[at]tiss[dot]edu