Bandana Purkayastha

Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies

Bandana Purkayastha is Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies. She served as Head, Sociology, at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) from 2011-2016 Leadership. She is American Sociological Association’s national representative to the International Sociological Association. Her current research interests focus on human rights/human security, migration and migrants, intersectionality, and violence. Her earlier research on ethnicity, racism, gender, violence and peace has been published in many countries. She was awarded American Sociological Association/Asian American section’s Contributions to the Field (career) award in 2016.  She is American Sociological Association’sJessie Bernard award co-winner for 2019.  ( Here is her personal website:

Current Projects: Professor Purkayastha is currently working on several projects on migrants, including (a) a Connecticut-focused study on smaller groups of immigrants and refugees (with Marysol Asencio), (b) how women live Hinduism and Islam across the US and several South Asian countries as of the majority or minority groups (with Anjana Narayan, CSU-Pomona and an international team of scholars), and (c) a comparative project on water, inequalities and rights. She has spent several months in India, as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at JNU (in 2016), and on a senior Fulbright Nehru professional excellence award (2017) gathering data for this project. Her most recent book is Human Trafficking: Trade for Sex, Labor and organs (with Farhan Navid Yousaf), and Indian Transnationalism (co-edited with Ajaya Sahoo). She guest edited Indian Feminisms in the diasporas for Economic and Political Weekly (scheduled for EPW’s April 27, 2019 issue).    She is preparing for several forthcoming international plenaries and invited presentations including “The Arc of Justice in the Era of Routinized Violence” (ISA, Toronto, 2018) and “Governance from a Distance” (international workshop on refugees, Kolkata, November 2018).

Teaching and Mentoring: Professor Purkayastha’s excellence in teaching and mentoring has been recognized through local, state and national awards. She has been awarded the Sociology graduate students’ Best Mentor award three times (a record), the AAUP and the State legislature for Teaching promise (2001), the UCONN Alumni teaching excellence award (2010) and the American Sociological Association-Asian American Section’s teaching excellence award (2009).  She was honored to receive SWS’s Mentoring award in 2018.

 Leadership and Service: Professor Purkayastha’s record of leadership and service include many elected and nominated committees of International Sociological Association (ISA), American Sociological Association (ASA), the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and as President of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) (2013-2014). Her editorial activities include work in Gender & Society, South Asian Diaspora, Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, and Frontpage Publications’ Human Rights series. She has served as an expert advisor for many international and state entities, including, most recently on WHO’s expert group on female migrants and health ( ). She has received several leadership awards for her leadership and service.


Purkayastha, Bandana (ed.) 2018. Migration, Migrants and Human Security. Current Sociology Special Issue and Monograph.

Purkayastha, Bandana and Farhan Navid Yousaf. (in press) Human Trafficking: Trade in sex, labor, organs. (Polity Press, for 2018/2019)

Njiru, Roseanne and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2015. Voices of Internally Displaced Persons in Kenya: A Human Rights Perspective. Kolkata and London: Frontpage Publications.

Armaline, William, Silfen Glasberg, Davita and Purkayastha, Bandana (equal authors). 2015. The Human Rights Enterprise: The State, Resistance, and Human Rights. London: Polity Press.

Purkayastha, Bandana, Shweta Majumdar Adur, Miho Iwata, Ranita Ray, Trisha Tiamzon, 2012. As the Leaves Turn Gold: Asian Americans and Experiences of Aging. Rowman and Littlefield. (equal authors)

Abraham, Margaret & Bandana Purkayastha. 2012. “Making a Difference: Linking Research and Action in Practice, Pedagogy, and Policy for Social Justice: Introduction”. Special Issue of Current Sociology, edited by Margaret Abraham and Bandana Purkayastha, 60: 1-19.

Erturk, Yakin and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2012. “Linking Research, Policy and Action: A Look at the Work of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women.” Current Sociology, edited by Margaret Abraham and Bandana Purkayastha. P60: 20-39.

Purkayastha, Bandana. 2012. “Intersectionality in a Transnational World. Symposium on Patricia Hill Collins.” Gender & Society, 26: 55-66.

Glasberg, Davita, Purkayastha, Bandana and Armaline, William (eds.). 2011. Human Rights in Our Backyard: Injustice and Resistance in the US. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Narayan, Anjana, Purkayastha, Bandana, and Banerji, Sudipto. 2011. “Constructing Virtual, Transnational Identities on the Web: The Case of Hindu Student Groups in the US and UK.” Journal of Intercultural Studies, 32: 495-517.

Purkayastha, Bandana. (2015) Imagining Pan-Asia: Tagore from a 21st Century Perspective. Commemorative Volume on Tagore: 150th Year Retrospective. Kolkata: Visva Bharati.

Narayan, Anjana and Purkayastha, Bandana. 2009. Living Our Religions: South Asian Hindu and Muslim Women Narrate their Experiences. Stirling, VA: Kumarian Press.

Purkayastha, Bandana. 2005. Negotiating Ethnicity: Second-Generation South Asian Americans Traverse a Transnational World. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.


American Sociological Association’s representative to the International Sociological Association.

Sociologists for Women in Society: President (2013-2014)

International Sociological Association: Vice President, Research Committee 01 (Armed Conflict and Conflict Resolution);
 Secretary/ Treasurer, Board, Research Committee 32 (Women in Society),

American Sociological Association: Jessie Bernard Award Committee (Chair 2012-2013); Committee on Committees.

Deputy Editor, Gender & Society, 2006- 2011;

Presidency University (India) International Expert Group.


Post Doctoral Scholars:
Dr. Anurekha Chari-Wagh (2014-2015)Assistant Professor, Savitribhai Phule University of Pune, India, C.V. Raman Fellow
Dr. Sylvanna Falcon
 (2014); Assistant Professor, UC Santa Clara, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow

Major Advisees:
Farhan Yousaf (PhD 2016) | Roseanna Nijru (PhD 2015) | Charlie Fuentes (MA 2015, International Studies) | Patricia Lin Steadman (MA 2015, International Studies)

Associate Advisees (PhD only):
Erika Lorenzana Del Villar | Ruth Hernandez | Koyel Khan | Brandyn McKinley (Human Development & Family Studies) | Michael Rosino | Arnab Roy(Literatures, Cultures and Languages) | Nicolas Simon | Trisha Tiamzon | Kamryn Warren | Abbey Willis

Bandana Purkayastha
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