Prof. (Dr.) Parul Bhandari

Assistant Professor

B.A. (University of Delhi); M.A. (University of Delhi); M.Phil. (University of Cambridge); Ph.D. (University of Cambridge

Parul Bhandari is a sociologist with research interests in the study of social class (middle class and elites), social meanings of money, family, marriage, gender, and the modern. She completed her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, after which she was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi). Until recently, she was a Visiting Scholar at St. Edmund’s College and the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK. She has also held Guest Faculty positions at the Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Delhi, and Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics.

She is the author of two books: Exploring Indian Modernities: Ideas and Practices, Springer, 2018 (co-edited), and Money, Culture, Class: Elite Women as Modern Subjects, Routledge, 2019. Her second monograph, based on her doctoral thesis, is forthcoming, Matchmaking in Middle Class India: beyond Arranged and Love Marriage (Springer, 2020). She has also co-edited a special journal issue, ‘Changing Family Realities in South Asia?’ (South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 2017) and published an article on depiction of elite women’s subjectivities in Bollywood (Society and Culture in South Asia, 2017). Her forthcoming publications include journal articles and book chapters on violence in romantic relationships, singlehood in India, and depiction of contemporary families in Bollywood. She occasionally writes in popular outlets including, ThePrint, and The Conversation