The Team

Manali Desai (Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles) is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Her work encompasses the areas of state formation, political parties, social movements, development, ethnic violence, and post-colonial studies. Among her publications are State Formation and Radical Democracy in India, 1860-1990 (2006), States of Trauma (2009), and Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society (2015), in addition to articles in the New Left Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Science History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Journal of Historical Sociology among others. She has received grants from the British Academy and Leverhulme Foundation for her research. Her current work focuses on state formation in colonial India, and the history of gendered violence in India, as well as an ongoing project on son preference in India.

Katie Gaddini is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. She holds an M.Sc. in Gender Research from the London School of Economics and a Masters of Social Work from Boston College. Prior to starting her doctorate she worked as a social worker on issues of gender-based violence prevention and care. Her current research focuses on the sociology of religion, gender, and politics.

Mahvish Ahmad is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. She holds an MPA in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics, an M.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, and was a Crown Prince Frederik Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and prior to starting her doctorate, she was a journalist and university lecturer in Pakistan. She is the co-founder of Tanqeed | a magazine of politics and culture and has been active in socialist and feminist political organizing in Denmark, the U.K. and Pakistan. Her current research focuses on state violence in the Pakistani border regions.