Specializations: Environmental Sociology, Social Dimensions of Disasters and Hazards, Environmental Justice, Humanitarian Response and International ‘Development,’ Ethnographic Methods, Sri Lanka and Tamil Culture, Body Modification (Tattooing)
Courses: Methods of Social Research I, Environmental Sociology, Introduction to Sociology
Research Interests: Recipient of two national book awards and one “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice on research about cultural politics of gender, social class, social inequalities, migration, and their role in the transmission of disease and identity formation of the disenfranchised and underprivileged population. Testified before the Congress at Capitol Hill, UNAIDS, and the United Nations on human trafficking and other issues, and has been a featured guest speaker on NPR, BBC, and NBC. Delivered over 90 papers at national and international conferences, and over 70 invited talks by national and international universities and organizations. Invited service on the reviewer panel for Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Science Foundation, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, and Australia Research Council, and invited service on the Editorial Board for seven academic journals.