School of Social and Political Science

Dr Sangeeta Chatterji

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Lecturer (Assistant Professor)


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Violence against women (VAW); causes and consequences of VAW; developing and testing interventions to prevent VAW; improving the measurement of VAW; women’s economic mobility.


My research, practice, and teaching are geared toward ensuring that girls and women are safe, violence-free, and economically secure. Over the past ten years, my work has focused on understanding the dimensions and causes of violence against women and children, testing interventions that can prevent violence, and examining structural and economic inequalities that underlie gender inequality and violence against women and children. 

My research agenda is two-pronged. First, I seek to identify, develop, and test interventions that work toward preventing violence against women and children in India and globally. I have worked on the evaluation of two couples-based intimate partner violence prevention programs, Indashyikirwa in Rwanda and CHARM2 in western India. I am also interested in developing and testing novel methods to measure violence against women and children. My second line of research is focused on the impact of gender inequality on women’s education and labour market outcomes. In addition to my research, I have experience implementing violence prevention programs in the non-profit sector in India. I am committed to social justice issues through my research, teaching, and practice experiences. 


I obtained my PhD in Social Work from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA. I completed my postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California San Diego. I completed my MSW at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. 

Research Supervision:

I am interested in supervising students who want to research topics related to violence against women, measurement of different types of violence, violence prevention; the impact of violence on mental health and well-being; health inequities. 

If you are interested in being supervised by Sangeeta Chatterji, please see the links below (open in new windows) for more information:


Chatterji, S., Johns, N., Ghule, M., Begum, S., Averbach, S., Battala, M., & Raj, A. (2022). Examining the Longitudinal Relationship between Intimate Partner Violence and Couples’ Marital Quality in Rural India. Journal of Family Violence, 1-10.

Boyer, C., Chatterji, S., Cooper, J., Heise, L. (2022). Outcome coding choice in randomized trials of programs to reduce violence. Pre-print 

Ferrari, G., Torres-Rueda, S., Chirwa, E., Gibbs, A., Orangi, S., Barasa, E., Tawiah, T., Prah, R. K. D., Hitimana, R., Daviaud, E., Kapapa, E., Dunkle, K., Heise, L., Stern, E.,  Chatterji, S.,...& Vassall, A. (2022). Prevention of violence against women and girls: A cost-effectiveness study across 6 low-and middle-income countries. PLoS medicine, 19(3), e1003827.

Chatterji, S., Heise, L. (2021). Examining the bi-directional relationship between intimate partner violence and depression: Findings from a longitudinal study of women and men in rural Rwanda. Social Science & Medicine Mental Health.

Chatterji, S., McDougal, L., Johns, N., Ghule, M., Rao, N., & Raj, A. (2021). COVID-19-related financial hardship, job loss, and mental health symptoms: Findings from a cross-sectional study in a rural agrarian community in India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8647. doi:10.3390/ijerph18168647

Chatterji, S., Heise, L., Gibbs, A., Dunkle, K. (2020). Exploring differential impacts of interventions to reduce and prevent intimate partner violence (IPV) on sub-groups of women and men: A case study using impact evaluations from Rwanda and South Africa. Social Science & Medicine- Population Health.

Chatterji, S., Stern, E., Dunkle, K., Heise, L. (2020). Community activism as a strategy to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) in rural Rwanda: Results of a community randomized trial. Journal of Global Health.10.7189/jogh.10.010406

Dunkle, K., Stern, E., Chatterji, S., Heise, L. (2020). Effective prevention of intimate partner violence in Rwanda through a couples training programme: Results from the Indashyikirwa community randomized control trial. BMJ Global Health, 5(12), e002439. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002439

Stern, E., Heise, L., Dunkle, K., Chatterji, S. (2020) How the Indashyikirwa intimate partner violence prevention program in Rwanda influenced parenting and violence against children. Journal of Family Violence,

Gibbs, A., Dunkle, K., Ramsoomar, L., Willan, S., Jama Shai, N., Chatterji, S., & Jewkes, R. (2020). New learnings on drivers of men’s physical and/or sexual violence against their female partners, and women’s experiences of this, and the implications for prevention interventions. Global Health Action, 13(1), 1739845.

Muchomba, F., & Chatterji, S. (2020). Son preference after migration to the United States: Gender disparities in disability among children of immigrants from India and China. Population Studies, advance online publication, doi: 10.1080/00324728.2020.1762911

Kim, J. & Chatterji, S. (2020). Gender and Educational Variations in Earnings Premiums of Occupational Credentials. B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, advance online publication, doi: 10.1515/bejeap-2019-0187

Chatterji, S., Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Schick, V., Dodge, B., Baldwin, A., Van Der Pol, B., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2017). The year’s best: Interpersonal elements of bisexual women’s most satisfying sexual experiences in the past year. Journal of Sex Research, 54(7), 887-898.

Alessi, E. J., Kahn, S., & Chatterji, S. (2016). ‘The darkest times of my life’: Recollections of child abuse among forced migrants persecuted because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Child Abuse & Neglect51, 93-105.

Ranade, K., Shah, C., & Chatterji, S. (2016). Making sense: Familial journeys towards acceptance of Gay and Lesbian family members in India. Indian Journal of Social Work, 77(4), 437-458.

Daruwalla, N., Chakravarty, S., Chatterji, S., More, N. S., Alcock, G., Hawkes, S., & Osrin, D. (2013). Violence Against Women with Disability in Mumbai, India. Sage Open3(3), 2158244013499144.

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Staff Hours and Guidance

I am available to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Semester 1. Please email me to set up an appointment.