Shilpa’s academic interests are focused substantively in the areas of gender, marriage and family, feminism, international development and demography; and geographically in South Asia and the US. She is interested in exploring unequal gendered power relations in Indian marriages, drawing on Antonio Gramsci’s concept of ideological hegemony, and Steven Lukes’ three-dimensional view of power. She examines how power operates in marital relationships across classes, castes and religions, and how husbands and wives internalize inequality. For her doctoral dissertation, she is studying the impact of Indian women’s labor force participation and earnings on their exposure to domestic violence.

Shilpa was a journalist in India for 5 years, during which 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 that provide protection, counseling and legal help for victims of marital 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 her PhD in Sociology, specializing in Gender, Work & Family, and Demography. 

Areas of Interest

  • Marriage, Family, Gender inequality, Gender and Development, Feminism, India, South Asia
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  • MS
    Gender, Development and Globalization
Shilpa Reddy
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Department of Sociology
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