Rowena Robinson

(022) 2576-7355
  • 1985, All India Senior School Certificate, Convent of Jesus and Mary, New Delhi

  • 1988, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English literature, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

  • 1990, Master of Arts in sociology, Delhi School of Economics,

  • 1991, Master of Philosophy in sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

  • 1994, Doctor of Philosophy in social anthropology, Trinity College, Cambridge

  • Beginning December 2010, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning December 2008, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

  • Beginning April 2007, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning March 2003, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning September 1999, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning August 1997, Lecturer in sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

  • Beginning October 1996, Lecturer in sociology, Miranda House, Delhi University

  • Beginning August 1995, Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

  • December 1994 to April 1995, ad hoc lecturer, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics 

Research Interests: 

Anthropology of corruption, constitutional law, sociology of higher education,

sociology of religion and kinship, conversion, Christianity in India.

Courses Taught: 

HS 307 Introduction to Sociology

HS 804 Advanced Theories of Society

HS 637 Anthropology and Disaster

HS 854 Symbol, Culture and Society



  • 2017. (with Tanvi Patel-Banerjee). Inhabiting or Interrogating Faith Piety among Muslim Women in Mumbai. Economic & Political Weekly 52, 42-43: 41-49

  • 2016. (with Wasim Raja, Hiten Choudhury and Dhruba J Saikia). Sociology of education and higher education systems. Economic and Political Weekly 51, 9: 67-73

  • 2015. In search of fraternity: Constitutional law and the context of housing discrimination in India. Economic and Political Weekly 50, 26-27: 54-62.

  • 2015. Community, agency, identity: The paradox of Christian mission in India. In Martin Fuchs, Antje Linkenbach and Wolfgang Reinhard, eds., Individualizierung durch christliche Mission?, pp. 479-492. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.

  • 2014. Minority rights versus caste claims: Indian Christians and predicaments of law. Economic and Political Weekly 49, 14: 82-91.

  • 2014. (with Surya Prakash Upadhyay). Religion and cultural pluralism.In Yogendra Singh, ed., Identity, communication and culture in Indian society (ICSSR Survey Report Volume III), pp. 339-376. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2013. (with Ashok Kumar M). Naraloka Prarthana: Prayer in the language of protest. In Guiseppe Giordan and Linda Woodhead, ed., Annual review of the sociology of religion (Volume 4): Prayer in religion and spirituality, pp. 123-140. Leiden: Brill.

  • 2013. Boundaries of Religion: Essays on Christianity, ethnic conflict and violence. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2013. Social development of the Christian community in India. In Zoya Hasan and Mushirul Hasan, eds., India: Social Development Report 2012: Minorities at the margins, pp. 263-274. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2013. The culture of small towns. In R N Sharma and R S Sandhu, eds., Small cities and towns in global era: Emerging changes and perspectives, pp. 70-83. Jaipur: Rawat Publications.

  • 2013. Planning and economic development: Ambedkar versus Gandhi. In Biswamoy Pati, ed., Invoking Ambedkar: Contributions, receptions and legacies, pp. 59-71. Delhi: Primus Books

  • 2012. (with Surya Prakash Upadhyay). Revisiting communalism and fundamentalism in India. Economic and Political Weekly 47, 36: 35-57.

  • 2012. Indian Muslim leadership: Predicaments and possibilities for human security. In James K Wellman Jr. and Clark Lombardi, ed., Religion and human security: A global perspective, pp. 113-129. New York: Oxford University Press.

  • 2012. Introduction. In Rowena Robinson ed., Minority Studies, pp. 1-48. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

  • 2011. (with Surya Prakash Upadhyay). Globalization, mass media and proliferating 'Gurus': The changing texture of religion in contemporary India. In Prashant Kumar Trivedi, ed., The Globalization turbulence: Emerging tensions in Indian society, pp. 159-179. New Delhi: Rawat Publications.

  • 2011. Naata, Nyaya: Friendship and/or Justice on the Border. In Vinod K Jairath, ed., Frontiers of embedded Muslim communities in India, pp. 242-261. New Delhi: Routledge.

  • 2010. (with Joseph Marianus Kujur). Introduction. In Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur, eds., Margins of faith: Dalit and tribal Christianity in India, pp. 1-. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

  • 2010. (with Ashok Kumar). Legally Hindu: Dalit Lutheran Christians of coastal Andhra Pradesh. In Rowena Robinson and Joseph Marianus Kujur, eds., Margins of Faith: Dalit and Tribal Christianity in India, pp. 149-68. Delhi and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • 2010. Indian Christians: Trajectories of development. In Gurpreet Mahajan and Surinder S Jodhka, eds., Religion, communities and development: Changing contours of politics and policy in India, pp. 151-172. New Delhi: Routledge.

  • 2010. Boundary battles: Muslim women and community identity in the aftermath of violence. Women's Studies International Forum 33, 3: 365-373.

  • 2009. Negotiating traditions: Popular Christianity in India. Asian journal of social science 37, 1: 29-54.

  • 2008. Betwixt kin and community: Muslim women and the family in the wake of ethnic strife in western India. Asian population studies 4, 2: 177-194.

  • 2008. The questionnaire method: A critique from a qualitative perspective. In Anirudh Prasad, Ramkrishna Mukherjee and Beni A Ekka, eds., Social research methodologies in action. Volume II: Strategies of development research, pp. 425-434. Ranchi, Jharkhand: Xavier Institute of Social Service.

  • 2007. Outlining trends of social change in marriage and the family: An analysis of the urban Indian service class. Indian Anthropologist 37, 2: 1-16.

  • 2007. (with Vineeta Sinha). South and southeast Asia. In Gregory Alles, ed., Religious studies: A global view, pp. 126-158. London: Routledge.

  • 2007. Marginalization and violence: Concerns for India and its Muslims. Social action 57, 3: 233-243.

  • 2007. Indian Muslims: The varied dimensions of marginality. Economic and political weekly 42, 10: 839-843.

  • The invisible other?: Christianity in the context of the anthropology of India. Paper presented at workshop on ‘Christianity, Anthropology and the Problem of Difference’, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 27-28 February 2015.

  • Christians and Christian Dalits in India: Balancing minority rights and caste claims in Law. Paper presented at Venice-Padua-Delhi Seminars 2014 on ‘Minorities and the global populist tide: Democracy and pluralist societies challenged by ethno-religious radicalisms’, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice-University of Padua, 6th-8th November 2014.

  • Religion, Orientalism and Sociology in India. Paper presented at workshop on ‘Grounding the study of religion’, Leiden Institute of Area Studies, University of Leiden, 26th to 28thAugust, 2013.



Member, Institute Ethics Committee

Convenor, Women's Cell IIT Bombay


ICSSR project on

‘Christians, Caste and Citizenship: Engagements and Contestation in Civil Society’. (2016-2018)
  • Tipton Distinguished Fellow of Catholic Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, March 27 to June 10, 2010.

  • Visiting Fellow at Department of Sociology, Hyderabad University, February 4th to 9th, 2008 under UGC SAP-DSA-I programme.

  • Visiting Fellow at Department of Sociology, University of Delhi, January 9th to 21st, 2006.

  • ASIHSS Visiting Professorship at Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, February 14th to 25th, 2005.

  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, UK, November 10th 2003 to July 21st 2004.

  • First M N Srinivas Memorial Prize (for 2001) for the best article by a young sociologist published in an English language journal in India in the preceding two years. The award was presented for the following article: ‘Interrogating Modernity, gendering tradition: teatr tales from Goa’, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 33(3), 1999

  • Charles Wallace Trust fellowship in Social Anthropology, three-month fellowship held at Queen’s University of Belfast, N Ireland, 5th February to 4th May, 2001

  • Member of the Board of Studies of TISS Guwahati (Appointed 2013 for 3 years)

  • Editor, Indian Anthropologist (2011-2014)

  • Member of the Senate of National Institute of Technology Nagaland (Appointed 2012)

  • Member, Editorial Board, Sociological Bulletin (Appointed 2009)

  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Social Research Methodology (2008-2013)

  • Member (External Expert), Departmental Faculty Committee of the Department of Sociology, Hyderabad Central University (2008-2010)

  • Member, Advisory Committee of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Western Regional Centre (2007-2011)

  • Member, Subject Committee (Sociology and its allied areas) of the Indian Council of Social Science Research to assess fellowship applications (2007-2010)

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Committee for the journal Sociological Bulletin (2007-2008)

  • Member, Board of Studies of the School of Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2006-2008)

  • Convenor, Research Committee 01 on Theory, concept and methodology, Indian Sociological Society (2005-2007)

  • Secretary, Research Committee 02 on Economy and polity, Indian Sociological Society (2003-2005)

  • Member, Board of Studies of Sociology, Mumbai University (2001-2005)

Research Scholars: 

Tanvi Patel

Prithiraj Borah

Abhijit Dasgupta

Anu Antony

Sherin Sabu

Vinay Suhalka

Priya Sebastian

Yasmin Ara Hussain