Professor plays Dr. Ambedkar in Ava DuVernay's film 'ORIGIN'

Gaurav J. Pathania
PhD in Sociology of Education

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Peacebuilding in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Virginia. I have taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

My first book, The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics(Oxford University Press, 2018), conceptualizes student resistance in higher education in India. My current research examines socio-political activism of South Asian diaspora in the United States. I serve as Deputy Editor of South Asia Research  Journal published by SOAS, London.

I run a Global Initiative for Equity and Justice and collaborate with anti-caste, race and feminist scholars working in the area of higher education and social justice. I also moderate a website to organize scholars engaging in the caste and mental health research. I am an anti-caste poet, writer and community builder. My poetry received a national award and has been published in popular and academic publications. As a community organizer, I am part of Authors’ Lab (Ambedkar International Center) to mentor emerging scholars in the area of caste and social justice.