Assistant Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Email: tannistha@iitgn.ac.in

Office: Academic Block 6, Office 348
Address: IIT Gandhinagar, Palaj Campus,
Palaj, Near GIFT City,
Gandhinagar 382355










 


About

I am an Assistant Professor in the discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Trained as a social demographer I locate my research at the interdisciplinary crossroads of family sociology and gerontology by blending quantitative and interpretive approaches. In particular, I examine gerontological questions relating to intergenerational relationships, family, health, social capital and culture. My funded projects include studying intergenerational social contract in joint households of urban Ahmedabad (Indian Council of Social Science Research), human development status of the district of Ahmedabad (UNDP and Government of Gujarat) and the complex role of social capital in older adult well-being (United Nations Population Fund, India).

My recent edited volume, Cross-cultural and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives in Social Gerontology (Springer 2016), a uniquely cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary project, addresses the “data rich, theory poor” dimension of gerontology as a discipline while forging innovative links between aging research and social policy.

I teach a range of courses at IITGN including Demography: Theories and Social processes, Introduction to Sociology, Global Poverty and Developmental Aid and graduate level courses on Disease, Health and Inequality and Sociological Perspectives. You will find more information about my research and teaching here. There is also information for prospective graduate students who intend to work with me.

Education
PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD | 2012
MA, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland (Specialty areas: Demography ; Gender, Work & Family)| 2009
M.Phil, Applied Economics, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India| 2006
MSc, Economics, University of Calcutta, Calcutta, West Bengal, India| 2004