Prof. (Dr.) Sumeet Mhaskar

Associate Professor & Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

B.A. (University of Mumbai);
M.A.; M.Phil. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi);
D.Phil. (University of Oxford)

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Prof. (Dr.) Sumeet Mhaskar is trained in Sociology and Political Science. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from the Department of Sociology and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He obtained his M.A and M.Phil. degrees in Political Science from the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to joining JSGP, he was based at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS), Georg-August-Universität Göttingen where held fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and Max Weber Stiftung. Sumeet has also held positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Center for South Asia at Stanford University, and International Centre for Development and Decent Work at Universität Kassel.


Sumeet is currently working on a book manuscript which examines Mumbai’s ex-millworkers’ responses to their job loss as a result of the closure of textile mills in Girangaon, industrial heartland of the city since the mid-19th century. In addition, he is working on a project titled “Rural-Urban Linkages in a Global City” that looks into the urban experience of rural labour migrants who enter the city through well-established and old networks. He also runs a digitization centre in Mumbai, which gathers and digitizes old and rare documents related to social and political movements in India. Sumeet has published research papers in edited books and peer-reviewed journals.

Journal Articles: Peer Reviewed

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2018). “Ghettoisation of Economic Choices in a Global City: A Case Study of Mumbai.” Economic and Political Weekly 53(29): 29-37.

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet, and Jana Tschurenev. (2017). “Bildung Und Politische Mobilisierung Im Kolonialen Indien. Die Anti-Kasten-Bewegung in Maharashtra, 1848-1882.”  Zeitschrift Für Pädagogik 63: 561-81.

Book Chapters

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2019). Preface In H. Van Wersch, The 1982-83 Bombay Textile Strike and the Unmaking of a Labourers City. New Delhi: Speaking Tiger.

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2019). The State of Stigmatised Employment in India: Historical Injustices of Labouring. In D. Dutta (Ed.), Oxfam: India Inequality Report 2019. New Delhi: Oxfam India.

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2014). Locating Caste in a Globalising Indian City: A Study of Dalit Ex-millworkers’ Occupational Choices in Post-Industrial Mumbai. In Mobility or Marginalization? Dalits in Neo-Liberal India ed. Clarinda Still. New Delhi and Abingdon: Routledge, pp.107-132.

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2013). Encountering ‘Inclusion’ and Exclusion in Post-industrial Mumbai: A study of Muslim Ex-millworkers’ Occupational Choices. In Navigating Exclusion, Inclusion Engineering: Entangled Social Processes in India, ed. Uwe Skoda, Kenneth Bo Nielsen and Marianne Qvortrup Fibige. London: Anthem Press, pp.149-166. ISBN 9780857283221

Working Papers: Peer Reviewed

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2014). Claiming Entitlements in ‘Neo-Liberal’ India: Mumbai’s Ex-millworkers’ Political Mobilisation on the Rehabilitation Question. QEH Working Paper Series, QEHWPS200: Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, pp.1-24.  

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet. (2013). Indian Muslims in a Global City: Socio-Political Effects on Economic Preferences in Contemporary Mumbai. MMG Working Paper 13-04: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, ISSN 2192-2357, pp.1-31

Book Review

  • Mhaskar, Sumeet (2017) Book Review of Aseem Prakash’s Dalit Capital: State Market and Civil Society in Urban India. Journal of South Asian Development, Volume: 12 issue: 2, page(s): 206-209

Magazine Articles

Labouring in the formal and informal economy, migration, discrimination and exclusion at workplaces, urban transformation and social and political movements, Indian politics, and educational and occupational attainment.