Paromita Sanyal

Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Florida State University

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Paromita Sanyal is an Associate professor of Sociology at Florida State University. She joined the FSU faculty in 2016, having previously served as faculty at Cornell University for 4.5 years and Wesleyan University for 3 years. 

She specializes in development, gender, economic and political sociology. Her research examines large-scale programs aimed at inducing development, women’s empowerment, and financial inclusion. She has studied microcredit groups and self-help groups, microfinance, and poverty alleviation programs in India. She uses qualitative methods to understand the influence of these financialized programs and socio-economic interventions on women’s lives in India. Her other stream of work has focused on studying the political participation of citizens in institutions of deliberative democracy, particularly village assemblies in rural India. 

She is the author of Oral Democracy: Deliberation in Indian Village Assemblies (Cambridge University Press, 2018/ 2019). She has also authored the award-winning book ‘Credit to Capabilities: A Sociological Study of Microcredit Groups in India’, published by Cambridge University Press (2014). Her articles have appeared in the American Sociological Review, Qualitative Sociology, Social Forces and other journals. She is a member of the World Bank’s Social Observatory team. She has worked with teams at the World Bank and the American Institutes of research (AIR), and she has lectured widely in academic and global organizations (UN, IFPRI).

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