Poulami Roychowdhury

Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
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

Research Areas

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



Assistant Professor at McGill since 2014
Ph.D., New York University, Department of Sociology, 2014 
B.A., Swarthmore College, Political Science and Economics with Honours, 2003

Dr. Roychowdhury's research examines how gendered inequalities impact political mobilization, social policy, and entitlements. Her current book project, Capable Citizens, examines how legal reforms and political mobilization against gender-based violence have transformed citizenship practices in India. Dr. Roychowdhury has also written about gender and labor organizing in New York City, media coverage of sexual violence, and the politics of legal reform.

Dr. Roychowdhury's 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, Dr. Roychowdhury was a Five College Pre-doctoral fellow at Smith College in Northampton, MA.




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

Forthcoming. Poulami Roychowdhury. "Illicit Justice: Aspirational-Strategic Subjects and the Political Economy of Domestic Violence Law in India." Law & Social Inquiry.

2016 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Desire, Rights, Entitlements: Organizational Strategies in the War on Violence.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Forthcoming Summer 2016.

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.

 2014 Poulami Roychowdhury. “Narrative Disjunctures: Gender Violence and the Sociological Basis of Inconsistent Testimony.” American Journal of Sociology. Revise and Resubmit.

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