Kushal Deb

Professor and Head

Ph.D.Department of Sociology, 1990

  • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

  • Thesis Title: 'Sociological Implications of the Pattern of Growth of Hyderabad City'.

M. Phil. Department of Sociology 1986.

  • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

  • Dissertation entitled'Reflections of Social Change on Land Use in the Old City of Hyderabad'.

    M.A. Department of Sociology, 1984.

  • University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad.

B.Sc. Nizam College, Osmania University, Hyderabad. 1982


Professional Experience

  • Professor,Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, 12th June 2012 onwards.

  • Associate Professor,Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, March 2003 to 11th June 2012.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, December 1999 to February 2003.

  • Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pune, Pune, June 1989 to December 1999

  • Research Associate in a Planning Commision sponsored Project on the Old, City of Hyderabad, Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad, 1984 to 1986.


Research Interests: 

Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, Urban Studies, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Development.

Courses Taught: 

At IIT Bombay:

Under Graduate

HS 205 Introduction to Sociology

HS 496 Globalization: A Sociological Perspective

HS 491 Contemporary Urban India: Sociological Perspective 

Post Graduate

HS 603 Socio-Psychological perspectives on Development and Change

HS 804 Advanced Theory of Society

HS 800 Research methods in Social Sciences

HS 830 Ethnicity and Nationalism

HS 818 Sociology of Social Stratification in India

HS 824 Cultural Studies

At University of Pune:

Post Graduate

Sociology of Modernization and Development

Industrial Sociology

Political Sociology

Social Structure and Change

Advanced Sociological Theory

Urban Sociology


I. Journals:


"Secularism, personal laws and gender: The Indian imbroglio" in Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, vol. 2, no. 1, 2002.


 "Vacuous Critics of Indian Secularism" in Economic and Political Weekly, October 26, 2002.

 "Teaching of Sociology in a Regional University: The Struggle for Survival" in Sociological Bulletin, Vol.47, No.2, September 1998.

"In Pursuit of Scholarship: Vain Endeavor" in Economic and Political Weekly, March 15, 1997.

“Multiculturalism and Toleration: The Indian Predicament", in Social Action (Special Issue on Multiculturalism and Tolerance), March 1995.

 "Cultural Kaleidoscope", co-authored with Jaya Kamalakar, in Seminar, (Special Issue on Cities), No. 379, March 1991.

 "Slum Improvement Projects in Hyderabad", co-authored with Ratna Naidu, in Nagarlok, (Special issue on Shelter for the Urban Poor), Vol. XIX, No. 4, Oct-Dec. 1987.

II. Books:

 "The Challenges in Teaching Sociology at IIT Bombay" in Maitrayee Chaudhuri (ed.) Mapping Practices of Sociology and Thinking the Role of Social Sciences, New Delhi: Oxford University Press (Forthcoming)

Wrote Chapters for Class XII Textbooks in Sociology entitled:  "Indian Society" and "Social Change and Development in India" published by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi in 2007.

 "Teaching Sociology to Technology Students", in Viney Kripal (ed.) Secrets of Good Teaching, The Icfai, University Press, Hyderabad, 2006.

 "Multiculturalism and Self: Issues of Comparison between Canada and India", in Jasbir Jain (ed.)

 "Dislocations and Multiculturalisms", Rawat Publications, Jaipur and New Delhi, 2004

 “Irreconcilable Solitudes: Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Canada"in Kushal Deb (ed) Mapping Multiculturalism, Rawat publications, Jaipur, 2002.

 "Role of the State in City Growth: A Case of Hyderabad City", in Rama S. Melkote and Sheela Prasad (eds), The Third World City: Emerging Contours. Delta Publishing House, Hyderabad, 1997. (reprinted in Sujata Patel and Kushal Deb edited Urban Studies, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2006)

 III. Magazines:

 "Social construct of Marketing" in Gentleman, special issue on "Deconstructing the cult of Marketing", September 2001.

 "Hegemonising culture" in Gentleman, special issue on "Rethinking globalization", June 2001. 


Conferences / Workshops / Seminars

       Presented paper entitled: "The Challenges in Teaching Sociology to Technology Students" in the workshop "Mapping Practices of Sociology and Thinking the Role of Social Sciences", organized by the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on January 24-25, 2007.

      Presented paper entitled: "Self/Identity in a Globalising World: Issues of comparison between India and Canada" at the International Conference on Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Conflict in Multicultural Societies, organised by Dept of  Sociology, University of Mumbai on March3-5, 2004.

       Presented paper entitled "Social construct of World class/ Global city" at one-day seminar organized by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar, Mumbai on 9th December 2003 on the Document "Vision Mumbai" prepared by Bombay First and McKensy group.

      Attended the "City 01 Conference", the first South Asian conference on the Urban Experience organized by SARAI programme, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi from 9th to 11th January 2003.

      Attended an International workshop and conference at Kathmandu from January 4th to 8th 2003 on "Resources: Conceptions and Contestations" organized by the Social Science Research Council. New York as part of its South Asia Regional Fellowship Program and presented fellowship proposal: "Urban Space and the Social Sciences".

      Paper Presented entitled: "Multiculturalism and Self: Issues of Comparison between Canada and India", at workshop-cum-seminar on "Problematics of the Self and Multiculturalism" organized by the Institute for Research in  Interdisciplinary Studies, Jaipur in collaboration with Canadian Studies Development programme and ICAS from Dec 27 to 30, 2002.

      Presented paper entitled: "Teaching Sociology at IIT Bombay: The need for looking beyond curriculum revision" at   symposium on "Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum in Technical Education: Trends and Prospects" held on     4th and 5th October 2002 at Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kanpur

       Paper Presented entitled: "Irreconcilable Solitudes: Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Canada", at International Workshop on "Mapping Multiculturalism, Issues of Comparison between Canada and India", organized by Canadian Studies Center, Dept of Sociology, University of Pune, March 1999.

      Paper Presented entitled: "Role of the State in City Growth: A Case Study of Hyderabad City",  at International Seminar on "Third World City: Emerging Perspectives", organised by Center for Area Studies, Osmania University, Hyderabad, February 1994.

      Paper Presented entitled: "Political Process and City Growth", at International Seminar on "Approaches to the Modern  Indian City", organized by Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad, September 1993.

      Paper Presented entitled: "The State, City Growth and The Political Process", paper presented at the XIV Indian Social Science Congress, Ahmedabad, 1989.

       Paper Presented entitled: "A Comparative Note on Old and New City Slums", as a co-authored paper at Max Mueller  Bhavan, Hyderabad, 1985.


1.  Awarded the "Excellence in Teaching" award for the year 2004 by IIT Bombay

2.  Awarded the Social Science Research Council, New York's South Asia Regional Junior Fellowship for the year 2003 for research proposal titled: "Urban Space and the Social Sciences" .

3.  Awarded U.G.C. NET & JRF in 1984

Nomination to Academic bodies

1.   Member of the Textbook Development Committee for development of textbook in Sociology for Class XII for National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi.

2.  Nominated as the External Expert to the Post Graduate Board of Studies of Sociology Department of Dibrugarh University, Assam in 2004-05.