Bandana Purkayastha

Bandana Purkaystha

Professor of Sociology and Asian and Asian American Studies

Office: 218 Manchester Hall
Telephone: 860 486-3791

PhD, Sociology, University of Connecticut, 1999
MS, Geography, University of Massachusetts, 1987
BA, Geography, Presidency College, University of Calcutta,   1978


Bandana Purkayastha is Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies, and Head, Sociology, at the University of Connecticut (UCONN).  She is American Sociological Association’s national representative to the International Sociological Association.  Her current research interests focus on human rights/human security, migration, intersectionality and transnationalism. 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.

Current Projects: Professor Purkayastha is currently working on several projects on migrants, including (a) Connecticut-focused study on smaller groups of immigrants and refugees (with Marysol Asencio), (b) a special issue on Migrants and Human Security for Current Sociology, and (c) a book on trafficking (with Farhan Yousaf).  She is currently in India, on a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship, gathering data on a project on a comparative project on water, inequalities and rights.  She has spent several months in India this current academic year, as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at JNU (in 2016), and, from January  on a senior Fulbright Nehru professional excellence award (2017).  Anjana Narayan (Cal. Poly. Pomona and she have been awarded a Global Religion Research awad to set up a multi national scholarly collaboration to study gendered, everyday practices of religions with a focus on Hinduism and Islam, for 2017-2019

Teaching and Mentoring: Professor Purkayastha’s excellence 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).

Leadership and Service: Professor Purkayastha’s record of leadership and service include many elected and nominated committees of International Sociological AssociationAmerican Sociological Association (ASA), the Society for the Study of Social Problems,  and, as President of Sociologists for Women in Society (2013-2014), and.  Her editorial activities include work in Gender & SocietyJournal of 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 and has received several leadership awards.


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

Farhan Navid Yousaf  and Bandana Purkayastha. 2015 Human Trafficking Amidst Interlocking Oppressions: A focus on Pakistan.  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 and 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