• Sociology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Student Politics
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Caste
  • Caste and Mental Health
  • Gaurav J. Pathania, PhD. is a sociologist of higher education whose research explores identity movements among university students. He has taught Introduction to Sociology at Georgetown University and Social Movements at the George Washington University. Gaurav has formerly served as a Visiting Scholar to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and as a Research Associate at the University of Southern California. His current research in cultural sociology critically examines contemporary identity movements in India and among the diaspora. Along with several research papers and reviews, Gaurav has recently authored his first book, The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book conceptualizes the conditions for the emergence of cultural politics and student resistance in Indian higher education. He is currently an assistant editor of South Asia Research, published from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), at University of London.


    Selected Publications

    Pathania, Gaurav J. 2018.  The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics, Oxford University Press, New Delhi. (New edition 2019)

    Research Articles:
    Pathania, Gaurav J. 2020. “Cultural Politics of Historically Marginalized Students” Critical Times, Vol. 3. Duke University Press. (forthcoming)

    Pathania, Gaurav J. and William G. Tierney. 2018 "An Ethnography of Caste and Class at an Indian University" Tertiary Education and Management, 24(3): 221-231.

    Pathania, Gaurav J. 2016. "Food Politics and Counter-Hegemonic Assertion among Marginalized Students at Indian Universities," South Asia Research, 36 2): 261-277.

    Book Chapters:
    Pathania, Gaurav J. and N. Thakur. 2019. “Privatization and Shrinking Free Space in Education: Challenges for Inclusive Knowledge,” (with N. Thakur) In S. Babu G. S. (ed.) Education and the Public Sphere: Exploring the Structure of Mediation in Post-Colonial India, Routledge: London.

    Pathania, Gaurav J. 2017. “Counter-Hegemonic Assertions of Marginalized Students in University Campuses in India,” pp.207-231. In G. Wankhede and I. Reid (eds.) Accessing Higher Education: Footprints of Marginalized Groups, Aakar Books: Delhi.

    Pathania, Gaurav J. 2015. “Middle Class Resistance in Contemporary Urban India: How New are these New Social Movements?” pp.276-291. In L. Lobo and J. Shah (eds.) The Trajectory of India's Middle Class: Economy, Ethics & Etiquette, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: London.