Payal Banerjee

Associate Professor of Sociology & Department Chair of Sociology

Payal Banerjee

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2021
Tuesday, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. (Zoom); or, by appointment made in advance (Zoom)


Wright Hall 209



Ph.D., Syracuse University

B.S., Wilson College


Payal Banerjee’s research focuses on globalization, migration and the centrality of state policies in sculpting the structures of displacement and labor incorporation. Her work on Indian immigrant IT workers in the United States has appeared in Critical Sociology; Race, Gender, and Class; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Irish Journal of Anthropology; Women's Studies Quarterly; Social & Public Policy Review; Man in India and in several edited volumes. Her research on Chinese minorities in India and India-China relations has been published in Huaqiao Huaren Lishi Yanjiu (Overseas Chinese History Studies, in Mandarin), Security and PeaceChina Report, and in the book Doing Time with Nehru. Her recent work on hydroelectric power projects and privatization in India has appeared in Perceptions and as a UNRISD Occasional Paper. Banerjee has been a research fellow at the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has taught as visiting faculty at the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School in New York City, and in India at Sikkim University in Gangtok and at FLAME in Pune. 

In addition to teaching general classes in sociology, Banerjee offers courses on gender and global political economy, migration, social theory and a first-year seminar on Bollywood and globalization. She is also affiliated with Smith's Study of Women and Gender (SWG) and the South Asia Concentration.