Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Chandan Gowda

Professor of Sociology



Chandan Gowda is a Professor of Sociology at Azim Premji University in Karnataka, India. Gowda worked as Associate Professor of Sociology at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion, National Law School of India, Bangalore, after earning his Ph.D. degree at the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2007). He obtained an M.A. degree in sociology from the University of Hyderabad (1996) and a Ph.D. Certificate in Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh (1998).

Gowda's research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, caste, and Kannada literature and cinema. In addition to his academic publications, he has written for newspapers and published translations of Kannada fiction and non-fiction in English. He writes a weekly column, Culture, History and Politics, for Bangalore Mirror.

Gowda has directed a series of video lectures of UR Ananthamurthy on major modern Kannada writers, which were telecast on public television in Karnataka last year. A book of his interviews with UR Ananthamurthy will be published next year (Harper-Collins, 2016). He has translated, Drought, a novella by UR Ananthamurthy (Oxford University Press, 2015, forthcoming). He has edited and introduced a book of short essays by Shiv Visvanathan, which will appear later this year (Harper Collins, 2015). He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state and a book of translations of select short fiction of the modern Kannada writer, Poornachandra Tejasvi.