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Shruti Chaudhry

Shruti Chaudhry
Dr Shruti Chaudhry
Research Fellow
1.01 21 George Square Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)1316511778

I am currently a Research Fellow on the Leverhulme Trust project, 'Gurus, Anti-gurus and the Media in North India'. I completed a PhD in Sociology in 2016 from the University of Edinburgh on 'regional' and 'cross-regional' marriages in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. I have taught in Religious Studies, International Development and have guest lectured and tutored on a number of courses in the School of Social and Political Science that include: Gender and Development, Sociology and Global Change, Sociology 2B: Researching Social Life and South Asia: Culture, Politics and Economy.

Research Interests:

Family, marriage and intimate relationships; migration and development; religion (Hinduism, caste); poverty and social inequalities; everyday life; life-course; Ethnography; India, South Asia



Under Contract. Crossing Borders for Marriage: Women, Intimacy and Everyday Life in rural North India. SUNY Press (Albany: New York) book series Genders in the Global South. Debra A. Castillo and Shelley Feldman, eds.

Book Chapter

2017. 'Now it is difficult to Get Married': Contextualising Cross-Regional Marriage and Bachelorhood in a North Indian Village, in Sharada Srinivasan and Shuzhuo Li (eds.). Scarce Women and Surplus Men in China and India: Macro Demographics versus Local Dynamics. Springer.

Journal Articles

2019.  'For how long can your piharwale intervene?' Accessing Natal kin support in rural north India. Modern Asian Studies. 

2018. 'Flexible' caste boundaries: Cross-regional marriage as 'mixed' marriage in rural north India. Contemporary South Asia.

2011 with Devi Mohan, Taneesha. ‘Of Marriage and Migration: Bengali and Bihari Brides in a U.P. Village’. Indian Journal of Gender Studies 18 (3): 311-340.

Book Reviews

‘Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor in India’. Shalini Grover. In Sociology 47 (1). (February 2013)

‘Dowry: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice’. Emma Tomalin, Mangala Subramaniam and Tamsin Bradley (Eds.). In Indian Journal of Gender Studies 19 (1). (February 2012).

‘With Respect to Sex: Negotiating Hijra Identity in South India’. Gayatri Reddy. In Indian Journal of Gender Studies 17 (3). (September-December, 2010).