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Gaurav Pathania

POSITION: Assistant Professor

Peacebuilding, Development, Global Studies

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 224

PHONE: (540) 432-4435


Gaurav J. Pathania is a sociologist of higher education and currently teaches at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in Eastern Mennonite University at Harrisonburg in Virginia. He has previously taught at Georgetown University, Catholic University of America and George Washington University in Washington, DC. Gaurav also served as a visiting scholar to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and at University of Southern California. His ethnographic research in cultural sociology addresses issues of caste, class and racial discrimniation among diaspora and focuses on contemporary identity movements among university students in the U.S. Gaurav has recently authored his first book, The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics (Oxford University Press, 2019). He is part of the editorial board of South Asia Research Journal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Gaurav is an anti-caste writer, poet and activist, and currently working on his memoir. Gaurav won the national poetry award for 2016 organized by the Poetry Society of India. His anti-caste poetry appears in J-Caste journal published by Brandeis University.


PHD, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Sociology)
MPHIL, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Sociology)
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Sociology)

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