Poulami Roychowdhury

Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 839
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-389-6837
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-mail: poulami.roychowdhury [at] mcgill.ca
Office: Leacock 839

Office Hours: By Appt.

Research Areas

Political Sociology; Political Economy of Development;Law and Human Rights;Qualitative Methods



Assistant Professor at McGill since 2014
Ph.D., New York University, Department of Sociology, 2014

My research examines the relationship between politics, law, and social inequality. My forthcoming book,Capable Citizens(Oxford University Press) traces the aftermath of legal reforms and political mobilization against gender-based violence in India. Other projects include:masculinity, ethnicity,and labor organizing in New York City, and media coverage of sexual violence.I am currently working on a new project,comparing the evolution and contestation over sexual consent in the United States and France.

My research has been supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Fonds de Recherche du Québec, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the American Institute for Indian Studies. Prior to joining McGill, Iwas a Five College Pre-doctoral fellow at Smith College in Northampton, MA.

I serve as Associate Editor ofSocial Politics and a Council Member for the ASA's Development Section.




Poulami Roychowdhury. Capable Citizens: How India Outsources Justice for Gender Based violence. Under contract. Oxford University Press

2019. Poulami Roychowdhury. "Illicit Justice: Aspirational-Strategic Subjects and the Political Economy of Domestic Violence Law in India." Law & Social Inquiry, 00 (00): 1-24

2016 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Desire, Rights, Entitlements: Organizational Strategies in the War on Violence.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 41 (4): 793-820.

2016 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Over the Law: Rape and the Seduction of Popular Politics.” Invited Submission for Special Issue: Theorizing Rape Through Time, Space and Relations. Gender & Society, 30 (1): 80-94. 

2015 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Victims to Saviors: Governmentality and the Regendering of Citizenship in India.” Gender & Society, 29 (6): 792-816.

2014 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Brothers and Others: Organizing Masculinity, Disorganizing Workers.” Social Problems, Volume 61, Number 1, pages 22-41.

2013 Poulami Roychowdhury. “The Delhi Gang Rape: The Making of International Causes.” Feminist Studies, Volume 39, Number 1, pages 282-292.




Poulami Roychowdhury. “A call to knowledge: Let’s gather more data before rushing to action.” Gender & Society (https://gendersociety.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/a-call- to-knowledge-lets-gather-more-data-before-rushing-to-action/).

2014 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Gender-based violence: an index of ‘tradition’ or social change?” Gender & Society. (http://gendersociety.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/gender-based-violence-an-index-of-tradition-or-social-change/)

2013 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Focus on rape in India ignores global problem.” Salon.com (http://www.salon.com/2013/01/09/stop_demonizing_indian_culture/)

2012 Managing Editor (with NYU Colleagues). The Sociology Project: An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination. New York: Pearson.


Courses Taught

Graduate Seminars

SOCI 550 Developing Societies
SOCI 600 Qualitative Methods

Undergraduate Courses

SOCI 370 Gender and Development