Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is a feminist sociologist, legal researcher and human rights campaigner. Based in Hyderabad, India, she co-founded Asmita Resource Centre for Women in 1991, was on the founding faculty of NALSAR University of Law (1999-2009), and is Professor and Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, a position she has held since March 2011. She is currently also Civil Society Advisory Governor (Asia Region), Commonwealth Foundation, London. Her work has focussed on understanding the social foundations of non-discrimination, structural violence, and questions of constitutionalism and social justice in India. Author of Tools of Justice: Non-discrimination and the Indian Constitution (2012), among others and editor of several collections, her interdisciplinary writing straddles law, gender studies, literature, and human rights, among others. With a PhD from JNU, Delhi and an LLM from Osmania University, Kalpana Kannabiran is recipient of the Rockefeller Humanist-in-Residence Fellowship at Hunter College, City University of New York in 1992-93, VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science research in the field of Social Aspects of Law in 2003 from ICSSR and the Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists in 2012 for the discipline of Law also from ICSSR.