Dr. Bhavani Sitaraman

Chair, Associate Professor, SOCIOLOGY Department


Bhavani Sitaraman was born and raised in Madras (Chennai), India and has lived in the United States since 1980. She completed her Bachelor's in Journalism and Public Relations at Stella Maris College, India, in 1980. She landed in the United States the same year hoping to pursue graduate school in Mass Communications. Accidentally, she discovered sociology after taking a class in Social Movements and decided to change course. She received the M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University (1983), and the Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1990).

The original two-year visit to the United States had turned into a decade of learning and living. Since then she has taught at Denison University (1990-1993) and University of Alabama in Huntsville (1993-present). She teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology, Sociology of Globalization, Sociology of Religion, Statistics, and Research Methods. Her research interests include gender and family policy in India and the United States.

She recently engaged in field research in India on workers in "call centers" servicing customers overseas. She is fortunate to have two places she calls home and travels to India as often as she can.

Dr. Bhavani Sitaraman's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1990
  • M.A., Sociology, Ohio University, 1983
  • B.A., Public Relations, Stella Maris College, 1980

Classes Taught


  • Member, American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 2012-present.
  • Founder Member, UAH Chapter of AAUP, 2012-present.
  • Law and Society Association, 2001-2004.
  • Society for Cross-Cultural Research, 1998.
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems, 1999-2000.
  • Association for Third World Studies, 1999-2000.
  • Reviewer, Contemporary South Asia, 1994-1998.
  • Publicity Manager, Society for Women Sociologists, Southern Sociological Society, 1995-1997.
  • American Sociological Association, 1993-1994.
  • Association for Asian Studies, 1993-1994.
  • Southern Sociological Society, 1994-2000, 2005.
  • American Anthropological Association, 1995-1996.
  • Organization
  • Organization


  • Sitaraman, Bhavani A Sociology of Tourism Perspective on Study Abroad in India. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. (Under Review)
  • Colclough, Glenna & Bhavani Sitaraman, Community and Social Capital: What is the Difference? Sociological Inquiry, 2005, 75,4:474-496.
  • Rossi, Alice S. and Bhavani Sitaraman. “Abortion in Context: Historic Trends and Future Changes.” Reprinted in Readings on Induced Abortion: Politics and Policy. 2000. Alan Guttmacher Institute.
  • Sitaraman, Bhavani Law as Ideology: Women, Courts and Dowry Deaths in India. International Journal of Sociology of Law 1999, 27, pp.287-316.
  • Sitaraman, Bhavani. Dowry and Brideprice: The Meaning of Marriage in two Societies. Reviews in Anthropology. vol. 24, 1995, 123-133.
  • Sitaraman, Bhavani. The Middleground: The American Public and the Abortion Debate. Garland Publishing Inc. New York, 1994.
  • Rossi, Alice S. and Bhavani Sitaraman Abortion in Context: Historic Trends and Future Changes. Family Planning Perspectives. 20th anniversary special issue, 1988, vol.20, 6:273- 301.
  • Sitaraman, Bhavani “Public Relations in U.S. Universities ́ printed in Precis, A journal of the Public Relations Society of India, Chennai Chapter. 2007. pp. 6-9.
  • Review of Family Planning in India. Alka Srivastava, Classical Publ. Co., New Delhi, 1990 in South Asia in Review, Vol. 15, # 4, August 1991.
  • Review of Elderly in India. Kumudini Dandekar, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1992 in Contemporary South Asia (1997), 6(2), 202-203
  • Review of Assessing the gender impact of development projects. Case studies from Bolivia, Burkina Faso and India. Vera Gianotten, Verona Groverman, Edith van Walsum and Lida Zuidberg. The Netherlands: Royal Tropical Institute, 1994 in Contemporary South Asia
  • Review of Hierarchy and its Discontents. Culture and the politics of consciousness in caste society. Steven M.Parish, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1996 in Contemporary South Asia (1999), 8(1), 103-105.