Dr Manali Desai


College Lecturer and Director of Studies

College Jobs

  • Fellow A
  • College Lecturer, Sociology
  • Director of Studies, Human, Social and Political Sciences (Part I [all] and Part II Sociology stream)
  • Assistant Undergraduate and Graduate Tutor

University Jobs

  • Lecturer in Sociology


Email: md644@cam.ac.uk


Manali Desai received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Los Angeles where she trained as a comparative and historical sociologist. She has taught at universities in the US and UK, most recently at the London School of Economics. Much of her work has focused on Indian politics and social movements, focusing on the transformation of identities and interests during the long transition from the colonial to post-colonial periods.

Research Interests

State formation, political parties, social movements, development, ethnic violence, and post-colonial studies

Dr Manali Desai was awarded the 2019 Pilkington Teaching Prize, in recognition of her commitment to and impact on teaching at the University of Cambridge.