Bhavani Arabandi

Bhavani Arabandi

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies

Specialty:Globalization, work, family, gender and development
Phone:(607) 274-7024
Office:111 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

**On leave from Ithaca College until December 2016**

I have two principle thematic areas within which I conduct research: the impact of outsourcing on emerging economies; and the durability of gender inequalities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. In the first, I explore how individuals identify and negotiate new opportunities and uncertainties as nation-states re-organize policies, rights, regulations, and resources in response to changing markets in the global economy. The field research I conduct examines the impact of globalization of services and outsourcing on the changing demands of work and family in India. In my second area, I am building on my Fulbright work to explore gender inequalities in STEM education and the decreasing labor force participation of women in STEM careers in India and the U.S., using a comparative transnational framework.

I also have extensive grassroots experience in community development programs in India.  I worked on a variety of projects – women’s education and empowerment, disaster relief, and community organization – and a broad range of issues where I designed and implemented participatory rural appraisal (PRA) studies on education, conducted a needs assessment survey for a community participation project for the rehabilitation of earthquake affected districts, and designed and participated in community outreach programs.

These experiences inform both my research and teaching especially in terms of social justice and social change.


  • Arabandi Bhavani. 2016. “Globalizations, Mobility and Agency: Understanding Women’s Lives Through Women’s Voices.” Review of Women’s Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 51 (18): 89-97.

  • Arabandi, Bhavani, Stephen Sweet, and Alicia Swords. 2014. “Testing the Flat World Thesis: Using a Public Dataset to Engage Students in the Global Inequality Debate.” Teaching Sociology, Vol. 42: 267-76. [Lead author]

  • Arabandi, Bhavani. 2011. "Globalization, Flexibility, and New Workplace Culture in the United States and India." Sociology Compass, Vol.5 (7): 525–39.

    • Excerpt Reprinted 2015 in Working in America: Continuity, Conflict, and Change in a New Economic Era, edited by Amy Wharton, New York: Routledge.

  • Arabandi, Bhavani. 2007. “Polyethnicity.” Pp. 3479-80 in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, George Ritzer (ed). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.                     

    • Revised and updated. Forthcoming. “Polyethnicity.” Second Edition of the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.


  • 2016  Annette and Hugh Gragg Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, Chao Center for Asian Studies, Rice University
  • 2014-15 Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (Teaching/Research). Project title, “Gender Inequalities in a Global Era: Women’s Education and Impact on National Development.”
  • 2015  Summer Grant for Research, Center for Faculty Excellence, Ithaca College
  • 2013  Junior Scholar Best Paper award at the V International Conference on Work and Family in Barcelona, for my paper titled: “Straddling Tradition and Modernity: Gender, Power, and Marriage Among White-Collar Workers in India."
  • 2013  Summer Grant for Research, Center for Faculty Excellence, Ithaca College
  • 2012  SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award, American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Teaching and Learning.
  • 2011  Early Career Work and Family Scholar, 2011-12 Cohort, Work and Family Researchers Network. 


  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Globalization: Missing Links in Commodity Chains
  • Global Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Globalization of Food
  • Temples, Technology, and Transition: India in the 21st Century
  • Outsourced: Global Dynamics of Work and Development
  • Research Methods I
  • Research Methods II
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