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Dr Nilanjana Ray

Assistant Professor , Hyderabad campus

Chairperson - School of Gender Studies

B.Sc. (Calcutta University),
M.A. (University of Allahabad),
Ph.D. in Modern History (University of Allahabad),
Ph.D. in Social Work (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

Nilanjana Ray has an interdisciplinary background in History and Social Work. Her PhD in History was on Child Labour in India. In the Social Work Programme, the topic of her dissertation was Vulnerability to Human Trafficking. Prior to joining TISS, Nilanjana worked for five years in UNICEF India Country Office in the Child Protection Unit. She brings the combined strength of her field experience and research training in both India and United States to class.

Human Trafficking

Women and Migration


 Journal Articles

1. Ray, N. 2016. “Short-term Relationship”, Development and Cooperation, July 2016, 33-34.

2. Ray, N. 2014. “Aborted girls and trafficked brides: An Asian tragedy”. Development and Cooperation, 41 (4), April 2014, 156-158.

3. Ray, N. 2007. Wither childhood? Child trafficking in India. Social Development Issues, 29 (3), 72-83.

4. Ray, N. 2006. Looking at trafficking through a new lens. Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, 12 (3), 909-927. 


Book Chapter

1. Ray, N. 2017. “Human Trafficking: A form of violence against women”, in Rashmi Jain and Virendera Goswami (Ed.) Health and Domestic Violence, New Delhi: Studium Press.ISBN : 978-93-


Book Review

1. Ray, N. 2016. “Patriarchy and forbidden love”, The Book Review Journal (Special issue on Gender). August 2016.


Project Reports

1. U. Vindhya & Nilanjana Ray. 2016. Marriage or Trafficking: The phenomenon of Sheikh Marriages in Hyderabad. TISS_LSE project on Violence against Women

2. Ray, N. & U. Vindhya. 2016. Thematic Paper on cross-cutting and emerging issues related to Adolescents in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka. CESS-UNICEF.


Conference Papers

1. Ray, N. 2017. “Speaking of the Unspeakable: The Debate on Sex Trafficking in Colonial India.” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, Hofstra University, New York, June 1-June 4, 2017.

2. Ray, N. 2017. “Exploring the lived experience of daily-commuting women construction workers: Vulnerabilities and resilience”. National Conference of the Indian Association of Women’s Studies, Chennai, January 22-25, 2017.

3. Ray N. 2016. “Exploring the anti -trafficking movement in India: A movement against gender based violence”. National Conference on Sociology of Social Movements: Trends and Directions in Contemporary India, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, June 12-13, 2016.

4. Ray N. 2016. “International Migration by Indian Women: Healthcare and Domestic Workers in the Middle East”. ICSSR Conference on Migration Studies, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, March 21-26, 2016.

5. Ray, N. 2014. Marriage Poems as Historical Sources – Mining cultural forms for women’s voices. Shifting Contours Widening Concerns: Women’s History, Historiography and the Politics of Historical Representation, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, 11 -13 February 2015.

6. Ray, N. 2013. Women Who Traffic Women into Sexual Slavery: What do we know about them? Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, USA, San Diego, California, January 16-20, 2013.

7. Ray, N. 2011. Does Domestic violence make women more vulnerable to sex trafficking? Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, USA, Tampa, Florida, January 12-16, 2011.

8. Ray, N. 2005. Re-conceptualizing Trafficking. Conference on Sexual Slavery: New Approaches to an Old Problem, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York City, NY.



  1. "Marriage or Trafficking? The Phenomenon of Sheikh Marriages in Hyderabad" [Sponsored by London School of Economics] - Completed
  1. Migration, Labour and Economy (M.A. Women's Studies)
  2. State, Women's Rights and Legal Advocacy (M.A. Women's Studies)
  3. Philosophy and Methods of Social Research Paper 1 (M.A. Women's Studies)
  4. Philosophy and Methods of Social Research Paper 2 (M.A. Women's Studies)
  5. Project Management and Impact Evaluation (M.A. Women's Studies)

Email: nilanjana.ray[at]tiss[dot]edu

Block II A, Apt #203

SMR Vinay Acropolis

Whitefields, Kondapur

Hyderabad 500084


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                                                Email:   nilanjana.ray@tiss.edu