Dr. Deblina Dey

Dr. Deblina Dey

Associate Professor, JGLS & Assistant Director, Centre for Law & Humanities

M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

: ddey@jgu.edu.in

Dr. Deblina Dey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat. She pursues interdisciplinary research on care, law and inequality with a focus on older people in India. Dr. Dey received her doctoral degree from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her doctoral thesis enquires into the changing role of family, state and the market with regard to eldercare in India. She has published in edited volumes and various international journals on topics such as dispute resolution forums for older people, custodial neglect of older political prisoners, and religious norms related to end-of-life care. Some of her publications can be viewed at https://jgu.academia.edu/DeblinaDey. She is also the Assistant Director of the Centre for Law & Humanities (CLH) at the law school. For more details about the work done at CLH see: https://jgu.edu.in/jgls/research/law-and-humanities/.

Currently, she is a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow with the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, based in New York. She has been an alumna of academies and workshops organised by the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP), Harvard Law School, Harvard University. She is a team member for events conducted by the Law and Social Sciences Research Network (LASSnet) anchored at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Research interests:
Sociology of law, Custodial institutions, Critical gerontology, Kinship studies, Medical anthropology, Religion, and Contemporary social movements.

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • ‘Precarious Lives of Widows in India & Legal Provisions.’ In Handbook on Social Protection for the Elderly in India, edited by Irudaya Rajan & Gayathri Balagopal, Springer Nature [Online-first version is available currently] (2023) URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-1914-4_13-1
  • ‘Santhara in Late Life: Approaching Death the Religious Way or a Form of Elder Abuse.’ In Handbook on Aging, Health and Social Policy, edited by Irudaya Rajan, Springer Nature [Online-first version is available currently] (2022) URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-1914-4_37-2
  • ‘Three Models of Institutional Care in India and the Interpretation of the Needs of Older Persons.’ In Ageing Issues in India: Practices, Perspectives and Policies, Mala Kapur Shankardass (ed.). International Perspectives on Aging, Series editors Jason L. Powell and Sheying Chen.  Singapore: Springer. (2021) URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-16-5827-3_10
  • ‘Fragile Body and Failing Memory’: The Construction of Care for the Elderly by the Laws and Policies in India. In Elderly Care in India: Societal and State ResponsesIrudaya Rajan & Gayathri Balagopal (eds.). Singapore: Springer, pp. 53-68. (2017) URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-3439-8_3


  • Stitching and Unstitching Labour with Sui Dhaaga Sui Dhaaga: Made in India. Economic and Political Weekly, vol LIII no 43.
  • A Different Theatre of Justice: Jolly LLB 2. Economic and Political Weekly (Postscript), 52(14): 80.
  • Received the Hunt Postdoctoral fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York, to pursue research in anthropology.
  • In November 2022, the jury members of the Indian Anthropological Society unanimously selected her as the recipient of Prof. Nirendra Chandra Choudhury Young Scholar Award in Social Anthropology and Sociology for her research contribution and publications.
  • JGU Research Excellence Award (2021)
  • Recipient of the Junior and Senior Research Fellowship (JRF & SRF) under the University Grant’s Commission (2012-2015).
  • Introduction to Sociology [Sociology I]
  • Sociology of Law [Sociology II]
  • Sociology of Crimes
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Foundation of Social Sciences