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					                                        SAUNJUHI VERMA
                  DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
                          1126 EAST 59TH ST. CHICAGO IL 60637
                   CELL: 773-954-3318, EMAIL: JVERMA@UCHICAGO.EDU

PROFILE
SaunJuhi Verma is a Ph.D. candidate of Sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research interests
include migration studies, sociology of law, and social theory, specifically, the conceptualization of
race and gender. Her first project evaluated subversive organizing strategies by women laborers in
Bangalore India, particularly the manipulation of female frailty as a tool for improving factory
conditions. Her dissertation research evaluates the migration experiences of low wage South Asian
guest workers into the U.S. oil industry. Given the recent economic downturn, her work inquires
into why employers from the U.S. Gulf south continue to recruit labor from overseas, particularly
Asia. Her research supplements the literature’s focus upon individual migrant choice to ask, what is
the role of legal and economic institutions in generating a legal and illegal workforce?

EDUCATION
University of Chicago 2006- Present
   Ph.D. Sociology – Research Interests: Migration, Labor, and Sociology of Law
   Full Departmental Fellow
   ICPSR University of Michigan Quantitative Methods Summer Program Scholar
University of Chicago 2009
   M.A. Sociology
Indiana University Bloomington 2005
   Triple Majors – B.A. Honors International Development, Economics, B.S. Finance
   Honors College Graduate, Dean’s List Honoree


PUBLICATIONS – PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
    Verma, SaunJuhi. 2011. “Manipulating the Weaker Sex Schema: Subversive Gendered
    Action in Bangalore’s Labor Protests”. Gender and Society. (Revise & Resubmit)

PUBLICATIONS – BOOK REVIEWS
    Verma, SaunJuhi. 2011. Book Review of Reena Patel. Working the Night Shift: Women in India’s Call Center
    Industry. American Journal of Sociology. (Forthcoming)
    Verma, SaunJuhi. 2009. “New Orleans and the Storm of Katrina: Issues of Trust and Terrain” Book
    Review of J. Horne and P. Steinberg, R. Shields. Breach of Faith and What is a City?. The Griot: Newsletter of
    the Association of Black Sociologists. Sep

PUBLICATIONS – POLICY JOURNALS
    Verma, SaunJuhi. 2004. “Participatory Development: Rhetoric or Reality?” Association for Women in
    Development, AWID Resource Net Friday File Issue 194
    Verma, SaunJuhi. 2004. “Gender Mainstreaming” Association for Women in Development, AWID
    Women’s Rights and Economic Change, Spotlight No.3

REASEARCH EXPERIENCE
Field Researcher, National Law School of India Bangalore 2005 –2006
    Sponsorship of self-constructed research, inquiry into tropes of femininity as utilized within labor
    organizing and bargaining efforts of Bangalore Export Garment Industry. Collected primary data on
    student demographics at National Law School, Conducted survey & analysis of affirmative action policy
    as correlated with educational attainment


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Research Assistant, Association for Women’s Rights in Development Toronto Summer 2004
   Create Reference Guides for AWID Conference, Young Women & Leadership Institute, Introductory
   piece for Gender Mainstreaming Paper, Articles for Friday File Publications. Independent Research
   conducted with Management & Staff of AWID; case study explored feminist theory as exercised within
   development feminist organizations

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Harry Braverman Paper Award 2010
   Graduate student paper competition winner, Labor Studies Division of Society for the Study of Social
   Problems. Presented for “Manipulating the Weaker Sex Schema: Subversive Gendered
   Action in Bangalore’s Labor Protests”
Research Fellowship for the Study of the Global South 2010
   Awarded by Tulane University School of Liberal Arts
COSAS Research Fellowship Dissertation Support 2010
  Awarded by University of Chicago’s Committee on Southern Asian Studies
SSD Research and Travel Grant 2010
   Awarded by University of Chicago’s Social Science Division
CSRPC Graduate Research and Travel Grant 2010
   Awarded by University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Charles Bidwell Fund 2010
   Awarded by University of Chicago for presentation at American Sociological Association
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship 2009
   University of Chicago, Sociology Departmental Nomination for Social Sciences Divisional Competition
ICPSR Jerome M. Clubb Scholarship 2009
   Awarded by University of Michigan’s Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research for
   Summer Program in Quantitative Methods
Doolittle-Harrison Fellowship 2009
   Awarded by University of Chicago for presentation at professional academic conference
Nomination for Outstanding Senior Final Thesis 2005
  Administered by Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program
Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Award 2004
   Awarded annual prize by Indiana University’s Commission on Multicultural Understanding
Undergraduate Research Partnership 2003 – 2005
   Awarded grant of $1500 by Indiana University Graduate School for individual research study

Honors College Grant Program 2002
  Awarded $1750 by Indiana University’s Professional Experience Internship Grant for engaging in
  overseas employment experience

CONFERENCE
Invited Workshop Université Paris Diderot/ University of Chicago Paris, France 2010
    Workshop Title: Mobilities, Regulations, and Citizenship
    Individual Paper Title: A Legal Bind: Employer Misuses in the Guest Worker Program
American Sociological Association, Panelist Atlanta 2010
  Panel Title: Development and Gender
  Individual Paper Title: Fragmentation of the Public Sphere: The Role of Space in Gendered Action
  Roundtable Title: International Migration



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    Individual Paper Title: The Trafficking of Workers into New Orleans: Legal Status and its Role in the
    Labor Market

Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting Atlanta 2010
   Panel Title: Student Award Winning Papers
   Individual Paper Title: Manipulating the Weaker Sex Schema: Subversive Gendered
   Action in Bangalore’s Labor Protests
Midwest Sociological Society, Panelist Chicago 2010
   Panel 1 Topic: Contested Spaces/Places
   Individual Paper Title – At the Right Place, at the Right Time: The Role of Space in Gendered Action
   Panel 2 Topic: Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, and Labor Market Inequality
   Individual Paper Title – A Legal Bind: Employer Misuses in the Guest Worker Program
Association of Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Panelist Honolulu 2009
   Panel Topic: Labor Migration, Immigration Law and Temporary Workers
   Individual Paper Title – War on Workers: USA Patriot Act, Producing Migrant Labor
Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meeting, Panelist New Orleans 2009
   Panel Topic: New Orleans’ Temporary and Displaced Labor Population
   Individual Paper Title – Producing Migrants: USA Patriot Act & Guest Worker Program
Association of Black Sociologists Annual Meeting, Panelist Boston 2008
   Panel Topic: Racial Intersections Post 9/11, Beyond White or Black
   Individual Paper Title - Desi Racialization: Exclusionary Immigration Laws in U.S. History
Annual South Asia Feminist Pre-Conference, Individual Presentation Madison 2006
   Topic: Labor and Migration Research
   Individual Paper Title – Defining Political Relevance: Case Study of Bangalore Export Garment Industry
National Conference on Dalit Rights, Panelist Bangalore, National Law School India 2006
   Topic: Educational Quotas and Rights of Untouchables
   Individual Paper Title – Caste Demographic and Education Attainment
International Studies Summer Institute, Invited Lecturer Indiana University 2005
    Topic: Labor Migration and Economic Development
    Individual Paper Title – Economic Alternatives and Development Policy

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Lectureship, Social Science Collegiate Division Autumn Quarter 2009-2010
   Power, Identity, and Resistance – Course Description: Theme is of economic liberalism, specific works
   include Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim
   Responsibilities: Weekly sessions of discussion based classroom. Employed innovative teaching
   techniques to facilitate class discussion, such as small group thinking exercises, in-class debates,
   application of theory to current events, and use of contemporary popular culture.
Teaching Intern, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Winter Quarter 2008 – 2009
   Colonization II – Course Description: Historical perspectives on processes of colonization across Asia
   Responsibilities: Facilitated weekly lectures and class discussions, teaching responsibility shared with Prof.
   James Hevia. Graded and provided feedback on both midterm and final papers, evaluation
   responsibilities shared equally throughout quarter; additionally, regular consultation provided to students
   through weekly office hours
Teaching Intern, Social Science Collegiate Division Autumn & Spring Quarters 2008 – 2009
   Power, Identity, and Resistance – Course Description: Theme is of economic liberalism, specific works
   include Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim
   Responsibilities: Facilitated a few independent lectures, provided feedback and administrative assistance
   to Tara Schwegler and Omar McRoberts, during Autumn and Spring quarters respectively. Graded and
   provided feedback on both midterm and final papers, evaluation responsibilities shared equally
   throughout quarter; additionally, regular consultation provided to students through weekly office hours




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SERVICE AND ENGAGEMENT
New Orleans Center for Racial Justice, Volunteer Hindi Translator 2009-2011
South Asian Progressive Action Coalition, Volunteer Immigration Researcher 2008-2011
Law and Society Association, Member 2010-2011
Society for the Study of Social Problems, Member 2010 – 2011
Midwest Sociological Society, Member 2009 – 2011
Association for Black Sociologists, Member 2009 – 2011
Association for Asian American Studies, Member 2007 – 2011
American Sociological Association, Member 2007 – 2011

Conversations About Service & Engagement 2004 – 2005
  Founder & Co-Director; Facilitated weekly videoconferencing dialogue sessions about ideas of global
  citizenship with university students across countries: between U.S. China, India, Tanzania, Norway &
  Mexico. Also, developed curriculum introducing social and political theory, gender studies, critical race
  literature and globalization studies
Conversations on Race Program 2002 – 2005
  Facilitator & Advisory Board Member; conducted weekly dialogue sessions on race and racialization for
  nationally recognized, award winning Indiana University program. Also, constructed curriculum
  introducing critical race theory, literature on comparative racialization and theories of intersectionality
Association for India’s Development 2003 – 2004
   Financial Officer; international non-profit development agency working in conjunction with 100+ NGOs
   in India for advancements in poverty, education, healthcare & general economic development
Diversity Beyond Numbers 2003 – 2004
   Founder & Co-President; affiliated with Asian American Association; Political caucus for Asian & Pacific
   American students, resource to increase knowledge & leadership skills as well as formulate strategies for
   action at Indiana University

Minority Coalition Indiana University 2003 – 2004
   Founder & Co-President; agency for collaborative effort among various minority student organizations
   on campus, platform for assessing university minority recruitment & retention policies & practices

Outreach Kenya Development Volunteers 2001 –2002
   Women's Group Coordinator; student organized initiative for development work in western Kenya;
   formulate & direct communal banking franchise for women of Bagoma, Kenya




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