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Drexel Sociology faculty member Sonali Jain, PhD

Sonali Jain, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Sociology
Office: 3201 Arch Street, 296


  • PhD, Sociology, Boston University

Research Interests:

  • South Asia
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Transnationalism


Sonali Jain, PhD, joined the sociology department at Drexel in the fall of 2019 as an associate teaching professor. Between 2013-2019 she transitioned from assistant to associate professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She was born and raised in India, and earned her PhD in Sociology from Boston University. Her research and teaching interests include South Asia, ethnicity and gender. Her research is published in journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Selected Publications:

  • Jain, Sonali. 2021. The Salience of Gender, Race, and Ethnicity for High-skilled Indian Immigrant Women in the Workplace, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 42:5
  • Jain, Sonali and Arun Swamy. 2020. “Government Engagement, Hindu Nationalism, and the Indian Diaspora in the United States.” The Wiley Blackwell Companion (Core Concepts) on Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism.
  • Jain, Sonali. 2018. “Transnational Ties and Ethnic Identities in the Parental Homeland: Second-generation Indian Americans in India.” Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 1-19.
  • Jain, Sonali. 2013. “For Love and Money: Second-generation Indian-Americans ‘Return’ to India.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 36(5): 896-914.