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Prof Vindhya Undurti

Professor , Hyderabad campus

School of Gender Studies

B.A. in English Literature, History & Politics (Andhra University),
M.A. in Psychology (Andhra University),
Ph.D. in Psychology (Andhra University)

  1. U.Vindhya is Professor of Psychology, and currently Chairperson, School of Gender Studies, TISS, Hyderabad campus. Earlier she had taught for several years at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and joined TISS when the Hyderabad campus was about to be set up. She was part of the faculty team that was responsible for the conceptualization and curricular design of the BA in Social Sciences programme in addition to the design of the Integrated M.Phil-Ph.D. and MA programmes in Women's Studies.  She was the recipient of the South Asian Visiting Scholarship at University of Oxford and the Fulbright Visiting Lecturership (USA) and Visiting Lecturership in Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary. She was elected the President of the National Academy of Psychology (India) in 2008.
  2. In addition to teaching and research, she has been extensively involved in gender-sensitization workshops for governmental and non-governmental agencies, students, media and publishing houses, and the police and para-military forces. 

Her research concerns are located in the interface of psychology and feminism and include mental health of women; gender-based violence; the psychological dynamics of women’s political activism; sex trafficking; and feminist counselling.


  1. Handbook of International Perspectives on Feminisms: Perspectives on Psychology, Women, Culture and Rights, Co-edited with Alexandra Rutherford, Rose Capdevila, & Ingrid Palmary. International and Cultural Psychology Book Series. New York: Springer, 2011.

Monographs and Working Papers

  1. Suicide in SAARC Countries: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Evidence, (co-authored with S.Galab and E. Revathi), CESS Monographs No.12, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, 2010.
  2. Sex trafficking of women and girls: Evidence from Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh, (co-author), CESS Working Paper No. 90, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad, 2010.

Chapters in edited volumes

  1. Work and older women: Interdisciplinary perspectives from India. In JennyBimrose, Mary McMahon and Mark Watson (Eds.), Women's career development throughout the life span: An international exploration. London: Routledge, 2015.
  2. The science of psychology: Where is gender? In Sumi Krishna and Gita Chadha (Eds.), Feminists and Science: Critiques and Changing Perspectives in India. Kolkata: Stree, 2015.
  3. Inventing the psychological in gender relations: Making of the self hood of women in post colonial India. In Girishwar Misra (Ed.), Psychology and Psychoanalysis [History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization, Volume XIII, Part 3]. Pp. 269-287, 2013.
  4. Feminist counseling for domestic violence: Some issues of theory and practice. In Bhate-Deosthali, P., Rege, S., & Prakash, P. (Ed.), Feminist Counselling and Domestic Violence in India. New Delhi: Routledge India, 2013.
  5. Mental disorders in women: Evidence from a hospital-based study. In A.K.Dalal & G.Misra (Eds.), New Directions in Social Psychology, Vol. 2, New Delhi: Sage, 2011.
  6. Issues of gender in psychology: Traversing from sex differences to quality of women’s lives. In Girishwar Misra (Ed.), Psychology in India: Theoretical and Methodological Developments, Vol. 4. New Delhi: Pearson, 2011

National and International Journals

  1. Book review of Violence and abuse issues: Cross-cultural perspectives for health and social services, by Lee Ann Hoff, New York: Routledge, 2010 in Culture, Health and Sexuality, February, 2013.
  2. Guns and roses: Collective identity processes of women activists in India, Feminism and Psychology, 2012, 22, 2, 183-203.
  3. Addressing domestic violence within health care settings, Economic and Political Weekly2012, Vol. 47 No. 17, April 28, 66-75. [co-author with  Padma Bhate-Deosthali, T.K. Sundari Ravindran].
  4. Book review of Fathers in cultural context edited by David Shwalb, Barbara Shwalb, and Michael Lamb, New York: Routledge, 2013 in Psychological Studies, 58, 4, pp. 464-465, 2013.
  5. Issues of gender in psychology: Traversing from sex differences to quality of women’s lives. In Girishwar Misra (Ed.), Psychology in India: Theoretical and Methodological Developments, Vol. 4. New Delhi: Pearson, 2011.
  6. Survivors of sex trafficking in Andhra Pradesh: Evidence and Testimony. Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 18, 2, June 2011, pp. 129-166 [co-author with V. Swathi Dev]
  7. Sex trafficking and sex work: Definitions, debates and dynamics -- A review of literature, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLV, no. 17, April 24-30, 2010, pp. 64-74 [co-author with Annie George and Sawmya Ray].
  1. Marriage or Trafficking: The Phenomenon of 'Sheikh marriages' in Hyderabad, sponsored by Tata Trust, co-investigator with Nilanjana Ray, 2016. 
  2. Responding to Gender-based violence: The Story of the Social Action Committees in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, commissioned by the World Bank, Co-investigator with Lakshmi Lingam, 2015.
  3. Unpacking Sex Trafficking among women and girls in Andhra Pradesh, sponsored by International Center on Research on Women (ICRW) and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lead researcher, 2010.


  • Human Behaviour: Biopsychosocial Perspectives (BA)
  • Social Psychology (BA)
  • Understanding Mental Health (BA)
  • Basic Counselling Skills


Women’s Studies

  • Introduction to Women’s Studies (MA)
  • Women’s Movements: Local and Global (MA)
  • Sexuality, Power and Violence (MA and M.Phil)
  • Philosophy and Methods of Social Research (MA)
  • Philosophical Foundations of Social Science Research (M.Phil)
  • Feminist Perspectives on Women, Gender and Society (M.Phil)
  • Feminist Research Methodology and Methods (M.Phil)

Email: u.vindhya[at]tiss[dot]edu