Manjusha Nair

Manjusha Nair

Manjusha Nair

Assistant Professor

Sociology: Globalization, Political Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology, Development, Social Movements, India, China, South Africa

Manjusha Nair is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Before this, she was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (2011-2017). Her research has been at the intersection of political sociology and development, with a comparative focus on land and labour politics in India, China, and South Africa. Her  book Undervalued Dissent: Informal Workers’ Politics in India (SUNY Press, 2016), undertakes a study of two different informal workers’ movements, one that started in 1977, and became a success, and the other movement that began in 1989 and continues without success. She argues that the first movement succeeded because the workers contended within a labor regime that allowed space for democratic dissent, and the second movement failed because the workers contended within a widely altered labor regime following neoliberal reforms, where these spaces of democratic dissent were pre-empted. Her current book- length project is on Indian capital flows to Africa. She explores the ground practices that surround the new mineral rush to an “old frontier” by looking at Indian mining firms in Africa. She has completed fieldwork in South Africa and plans to look at other sites in the continent. She has also done smaller research projects on automobile worker unrest in India, and protests against land acquisition  in India and China. She has published with the Journal of Historical Sociology, International Labor and Working Class History and Sociology Compass. She has received a Tier 1 grant from the Singapore Ministry of Education, Social Science Research Council (International Dissertation Research Fellowship) and the American Institute of Indian Studies (Junior Research Fellowship, declined) for her research. She is a visiting research affiliate with the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, University of the Witwatersrand. 

Courses Taught

Social Structure and Globalization, Social Movements, Sociology of Work, Sociology of Development, Social Theory

Dissertations Supervised Outside of CHSS

Kesava Chandra Varigonda, India’s Anti-nuclear Movements: A comparative study of anti-Koodamkulam and anti-Haripur protests.