Associate Professor in Social Anthropology
BA (St. Stephens College, University of Delhi); BA (University of Cambridge, Christ's College); MA (London School of Economics); PhD (University of Sussex)
Shalini Grover received her PhD from the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, where she was supervised by Geert De Neve and Filippo Osella. Post 2007, she has held the following posts, at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) Delhi; ‘Sir Ratan-Tata Postdoctoral Fellow, 'Senior ICSSR Research Fellow' and ‘Associate Professor. She is a long-term Honorary Fellow at the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
As an anthropologist who works on gender, Shalini's principal areas of research are marriage, kinship, divorce, consensual remarriage and legal pluralisms in urban India. Her 2011 book ('Marriage, Love, Caste and Kinship Support: Lived Experiences of the Urban Poor,' Social Science Press: Delhi) is out in a new international and revised edition with Routledge (United Kingdom & New York, 2017). The book also focuses on social transformations, modernity, urban poor communities and labour relations. Shalini has published her work widely in peer-reviewed journals; Contributions to Indian Sociology, Australian Journal of Anthropology (TAJA), Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Journal of South Asia Development. She is the lead editor for a forthcoming Special Journal Issue on Domestic Labour in Contemporary India, with co-editors Patricia Jeffery and Thomas Chambers. She has also contributed to forthcoming edited volumes such as; 'Servants Past' (Orient Blackswan), 'Special Issue Volumes in Commemorating 50 years of Contributions to Indian Sociology (CIS/Sage) and Cultural Psychology of Intervention in the Globalized World (Information Age Publishing).
Shalini's research interests and especially new ethnographic investigations (i.e. Globalization and Transmigration) are as follows:
Marriage, love, remarriage, gender and caste, mother-daughter bonds in urban India.
Formal divorce, jural relations, changing legal behaviour in middle-class India, NGOs as 'Women’s Courts,' Crime Against Women’s Cells and Family Courts.
Globalization and Euro-American ‘expatriate’ cultures in India; Employer-domestic worker labour relations, race-class positioning, migratory spaces, transnationalism and ‘postcolonial continuities.
Shalini has engaged in public debates through book reviews, newspaper articles, blog opinion pieces and documentary films. She has taught courses at Ambedkar University, CEPT-Ahmedabad and Royal Holloway College.
Her Personal Web Page and Research: www.drshalinigrover.com