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Associate professor, O.P. Jindal Global University

Parul Bhandari is Associate Professor, Sociology at O.P. Jindal Global University, India. Her research interests include the study of social class, money, modernity, family, marriage, gender, media and popular culture.

She completed her PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK, on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship. Thereafter, she has held Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi). She was also Visiting Scholar at St. Edmund’s College and the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK, and has held Guest Faculty positions at the Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Delhi, and the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics (DSE), University of Delhi.

She has authored three books: Matchmaking in Middle Class India: Beyond Arranged and Love Marriage (Springer, 2020); Money, Culture, Class: Elite Women as Modern Subjects, (Routledge, London 2019); and Exploring Indian Modernities: Ideas and Practices (co-edited) (Springer, 2018). She has co-edited and contributed an article to a special journal issue, ‘Changing Family Realities in South Asia?’ (South Asian Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, 2017), and has other publications on Bollywood, violence against women, and anxieties of singlehood in India. She occasionally writes for popular outlets including, ThePrint, The Indian Express, and The Tribune.


  • 2017–2019
    Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2014–2018
    Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH)


  • 2014 
    University of Cambridge, UK, PhD
  • 2009 
    University of Cambridge, UK, MPhil
  • 2008 
    Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, MA