Smriti Upadhyay


Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology


Brief Biography

Smriti Upadhyay's research and teaching are concerned with understanding the rise of right-wing social movements, global social protests, inequality, labor, development, and India. Her research on the labor and the Hindu Nationalist movement in India was awarded the Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Prior to joining the American University in Cairo, Upadhyay worked in international human rights in New Delhi, India and Geneva, Switzerland. She completed a masters in international development law and human rights at the University of Warwick. She earned her PhD in sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Upadhyay, Smriti. Forthcoming. “(Hindu) Workers of India, Unite! How Class Politics Shapes Hindutva’s Ascent in India” in Gowri Vijayakumar, Smitha Radhakrishnan (Eds.) Toward a Sociology of South Asia, Palgrave-Macmillan.

    Levien, Michael.; Upadhyay, Smriti. 2021. “Explaining Opposition to Capital Projects in India: Towards a Sociology of Dispossession” Politics & Society. 1-32

    Upadhyay, Smriti. 2018. “Workers and the Right-Wing: The Situation in India” International Labor and Working Class History (93):79-90

    Karatasli, S.S.;Kumral, S.; Scully, B.; Upadhyay, Smriti. 2015. “Class, Crisis, and the 2011 Protest Wave” (pp.184-200) in Immanuel Wallerstein, Christopher Chase-Dunn and Christian Suter (Eds.) Overcoming Global Inequalities, New York: Paradigm

    • PhD in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
    • MA in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
    • LLM (with distinction), Warwick University
    • BA in Economics, McGill University
Research Interest
  • Right-wing social movements
  • Labor
  • Development
  • Global social protest
  • India