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Preethi Krishnan

Preethi Krishnan Ramaswamy

College of Arts and Sciences

Anthropology and Sociology

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3837
Office: G8A McKee Building
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Pronouns: She/Her


Dr. Preethi Krishnan joined the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University in 2019.<br>Her primary areas of interest for research and teaching include inequality, social movements, development, globalization, and the state. In her research, she examines state-society dynamics in how people negotiate inequality. In particular, she studies how state policies influence the frames people use to interpret unequal access to food and care and how those frames challenge or adapt to inequality. She has published in <i>The Global South</i>, <i>Current Sociology</i>, <i>Indian Anthropologist</i>, and <i>Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research.</i>


  • Ph D, Purdue University West Lafayette
  • MS, Purdue University West Lafayette, Sociology

Teaching Interests

Global Society<br>Sociology of Gender<br>Ethnography<br>Human Society<br>Environmental Sociology

Research Interests

Social inequality (intersections of gender, caste, and class)<br>State <br>Social Movements<br>Development <br>Globalization<br>Qualitative research methods

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