Gaurav J. Pathania
Eastern Mennonite University

2017: Ph.D. Sociology. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. India.
2011: M.Phil. JNU
2009: M.A. Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU
2007: M.A. Public Administration, Kurukshetra University, India
2005: M.A. English Literature, Kurukshetra University, India
2003: B.A. Economics and Geography, Kurukshetra University, India

Scholarly Interests

Sociological Theories, Global Social Movements, Globalization and Cultural Politics, Sociology of Health, Caste and Mental Health, Sociology of Education, Transformational Leadership, Qualitative Research Methods


Fall 2021-Present:
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences and Professions; & Center for Justice and Peacebuilding,
Eastern Mennonite University,
Harrisonburg, VA
Spring 2020-Present: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 
Fall 2020: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Spring 2019: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology, George Washington University, Washington, DC 
2013-2015: Sociology Lecturer, Ahilya Bai College of Nursing, Delhi

Research Experience

2022: Research Facilitator, Understanding Caste Privileges project, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg. VA.
2020-Present: Research Associate, Documentary Project on South Asian American Community, Council on Global Social Issues, Commission on Global Social Work Education (CSWE)
2019: Research Consultant, “Mental Health Literacy and Support in Congregations” The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
2018: Visiting Scholar, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2017: Research Associate, Pullias Centre for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
2016-17: Research Assistant, “Discrimination, Distress and Higher Education in India.In collaboration with University College London and IIDS, British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Grant, UK
2015-16: Research Assistant to Professor William G. Tierney, University of Southern California “An Ethnography of Campus Culture in Higher Education” 

Selected Publications


2018: The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics, Oxford University Press, Delhi 

Research Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

2023: Pathania, Gaurav, Sushrut Jadhav, Amit Thorat, David Mosse, and Sumeet Jain. “Caste Identities and Structures of Threats: Stigma, Prejudice and Social Representation in Indian Universities”. CASTE / A Global Journal on Social Exclusion 4 (1), 03-23. 

2020: “Cultural Politics of Historically Marginalized StudentsCritical Times, 3 (3): Duke University Press.

2018: “An Ethnography of Caste and Class at an Indian University” Tertiary Education and Management, 24(3): 221-231 (with William G. Tierney).

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

Book Chapters

2023. Pathania, Gaurav J. and K. Kalyani. “Contextualizing the Emergence of Dalit Studies in Academia,” in Joao M. Paraskeva (ed.) Critical Perspective on the Denial of Caste in Educational Spaces: Towards a Non-Derivative Curriculum Reason, Routledge: NY.

2021: “Regional Movements in Democracy: The Case of Telangana,” in P. D’Souza, H. Amhed, and S. Alam (eds.) Companion to Indian Democracy: Resilience, Fragility, Ambivalence, Routledge, UK.

2019: Privatization and Shrinking Free Space in Education: Challenges for Inclusive Knowledge,” (with N. Thakur) pp.130-144. In S. Babu GS. (ed.) Education and the Public Sphere: Exploring the Structure of Mediation in Post-Colonial India, Routledge: UK.

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

2015: “Middle Class Resistance in Contemporary Urban India: How New are These New Social Movements?” pp. 276- 297. In L. Lobo and J. Shah (eds.) The Trajectory of India’s Middle Class: Economy, Ethics & Etiquette, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: London, UK 

Book Reviews

2021: Jeremy Rinker, Identity, Rights and Awareness, 2017, In Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 45 (4): 616-619.

2017: Leona, Rittner; W. Scott Haine and Jeffrey H. Jackson, The Thinking Space: The Cafe as a Cultural Institution, 2013, Ashgate: UK. In Cafe Dissensus Everyday, June 18.

2015: Romila Thapar, The Public Intellectuals in India, 2014, Aleph Book Company, New Delhi. In South Asia Research, 37 (2): 232-235.

2014: Gautam Pingle, The Fall and Rise of Telangana, 2014, Orient BlackSwan, New Delhi. In South Asia Research, 34 (3): 270-73

2013: G. B. Nambissan & S. S. Rao (eds.), Sociology of Education in India, 2013, Oxford University Press, In Economic and Political Weekly. XL VIII (50): 29-31.


Changing Epistemologies of Indian Student Activism,” In Universities in South Asia Students’ Mobilities and Mobilizations, Oxford University Press (under review)

Demonizing Religion, Countering Tradition: Analyzing Dalit-OBC Student Activism in India,” In Jean Thomas and Khalil Parker (eds.) Student Politics from the Lens of South Asia, Orient BlackSwan (under review)