Shilpa’s research interests are focused substantively in the areas of gender, women's empowerment, marriage and family, feminism, international development, domestic violence, postcolonial studies, and postcolonial feminism; and geographically in South Asia and the US. She is most interested in exploring unequal gendered power relations in marriages, across classes, castes and religions, and how husbands and wives internalize inequality. She is currently working on multiple research projects in areas including domestic violence, son preference and postcolonial sociology. She teaches the following undergraduate courses at the University of Maryland: Introduction to Sociology (Sociology department) and Beginner's Yoga (Kinesiology department). 

Prior to entering academia, Shilpa was a journalist in India for 5 years. During this time she covered health, education, poverty and development-related issues for leading newspapers in India. She also reported extensively on son preference and female foeticide, and caste-based discrimination. She later taught journalism at the School of Communication, Manipal University (India), and Gender Studies at the Asian University for Women (Bangladesh). She has also worked as a Communications Consultant for Bangalore-based NGOs, Vimochana and FEDINA. Both organizations work on providing protection, counseling and legal help for victims of domestic violence and dowry harassment. 

She holds a master’s degree in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology at University of Maryland, College Park, from where she also received a master's in Sociology.

Areas of Interest

  • Marriage, Family, Gender inequality, Gender and Development, Feminism, Domestic violence, Immigration, Postcolonial feminism


  • MSc
    Gender, Development and Globalization
  • MA
Shilpa Reddy
IHDS office, 3rd floor, Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
shilpa [at]