Associate Professor & Co-director Center for Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy (CLIP)
B.A.; M.A.(University of Delhi);
M.Phil.; Ph.D.(University of Cambridge)
Prof. (Dr.) Parul Bhandari is Associate Professor of Sociology, Co-director Center for Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy (CLIP). She studies contemporary Indian society, specifically (a) institutions of family and marriage (b) women’s subjectivities as expressed through their everyday lives (c) makings and re-makings of social class, with a focus on explaining and analysing the social meanings of money (d) and Indian cinema and popular culture, particularly, how realities, changes and aspirations are communicated through these media, and how they shape ideas and practices of the Indian population.
She completed her PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, UK, on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship. Thereafter, she held a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi), the South Asia research centre for the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). She was also a 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, University of Delhi.
PhD, Sociology, University of Cambridge, 2014.
MPhil, Sociology, University of Cambridge, 2009.
MA, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 2008.
BA (Hons), Sociology, University of Delhi, 2006.
“An Absent or Present Family? Tracing Bollywood Films from the Turn of the Century”. 2020. Nadja-Christina Schneider and Fritzi-Marie Titzmann (ed) Family Norms and Images in Transition: Contemporary Negotiations of Reproductive Labour, Love and Relationships in India (Nomos: Baden- Baden). Pp 75-93.
“The Secret Lives of Money: Locating Elite Women of India.” 2019. Jodhka and Naudet (ed) Mapping the Elite: Power, Privilege and Inequality in Contemporary India. Oxford University Press. Pp 274-300.
“Makings of Modern Marriage: Choice, Family, and the Matchmakers.” 2018. Leïla Choukroune and Parul Bhandari (ed) Exploring Indian Modernities: Ideas and Practices. Springer. Pp 131-150
“Introduction: Understanding the Modern In India.” (co-edited) 2018. Leïla Choukroune and Parul Bhandari Exploring Indian Modernities: Ideas and Practices Springer: Singapore. Pp 1-17
“In Quest of Identity: Student Culture in a Religious Minority Institution.” 2014. Meenakshi Thapan (ed) Ethnographies of Schooling in Contemporary India. Sage. Pp 182-22.
“Pre-marital Relationships and Violence: Narratives of Young Middle Class in Delhi” 2020. Sen, Kaur, and Zabiliute (ed) (En)Countering Sexual Violence in South Asian City, in Gender, Place and Culture. 27 (1). 13-33
“Pre-Marital Relationships and the Family in Modern India” 2017. in Parul Bhandari and Fritzi-Marie Titzmann (ed) Changing Family Realities in South Asia in South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (Issue 16).
“Introduction: Family Realities in South Asia: Adaptations and Resilience” (co-edited with Fritzi-Marie Titzmann). 2017. in Changing Family Realities in South Asia (ed) by Parul Bhandari and Fritzi-Marie Titzmann in South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (Issue 16).
“Towards a Sociology of Elites: Marriage Alliances, Vulnerabilities, and Resistance in Bollywood” 2017. in Society and Culture in South Asia, Vol 3, Issue 1, January 2017.
2020 Radio interview, “Matchmaking in Contemporary Indian Society” Australia’s Travel Writer’s Radio Show. 27th August.
2020 Panel discussion on “Indian Matchmaking: Why Has it Sparked Such Strong Debate” Al Jazeera’s The Stream. 26th August.
2020 Radio interview “Looking for love in the Indian Diaspora”, Krys Boyd’s Think, NPR Dallas. Also available as a podcast. 11th August.
Matchmaking Illustrates the ills of Indian society. The Hindustan Times. 22nd July 2020.
The coronavirus lockdown is putting urban Indian couples to test. Scroll.in. 12th April 2020.