Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur




                        Munmun Jha

                              Professor of Sociology




                             Telephone:  +91-512-259 7615 (Office)






BA (Hons) 1987 (St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University), MA 1989 and MPhil 1992 (Jawaharlal Nehru University), PhD 1996 (Glasgow University)



Lecturer (1996-97) Goa University; Lecturer (1997-99),  Assistant Professor (1999-2005), Associate Professor (2005-2010); Professor (2010 onwards) Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur



Current teaching interests: Indian society and culture, human rights, design culture and society.


Current research interests: human rights issues, NGOs, social movements, caste and race. 


Publications include:


 “India from Indira Gandhi’s Emergency.” In Encyclopedia of Human Rights, edited by David P. Forsythe. New York: Oxford University Press, Volume 3, 2009, pp.5-16.


 “Child Workers in India: Context and Complexities.” In Human Rights Review. Volume 10, number 2, 2009, pp. 205-218.


“The Elderly in a Rights framework: Beyond Tradition, Law or Economics.” In Indian Journal of Gerontology. Volume 23, No. 1, 2009, pp. 100-110.


“Knowledge and Identity Among the Indigenous People.” In The Oriental Anthropologist, Volume 7, Number 2,   2007,  pp. 199-212. [With Debasis Pattanaik]


“Ideology, Violence and the Human Rights Movement.” In The Indian Journal of Political Science,  Volume  67,    Number  4, October-December 2006, pp. 679-694.


Human Development in a Rights Framework.” In Human Development: Concept and Issues in the Context of Globalization, edited by S. K. Pant. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2006, pp. 41-63.


“Language, Dominance and Rights.” In Globalization: Language, Culture and Media, edited by B. N. Patnaik and Imitaz Hasnain. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 2006, pp. 71-78.


“Children in Need: The Role of Helplines.” In Indian Journal of Social Research, Volume 46, Number 2, 2005, pp. 89-100. (With N. K. Sharma)


“Morality, Legality and Human Rights: Gandhi and Ambedkar in a Rights Framework” In Gandhi Marg, Volume 26, Number 3, October-December 2004, pp. 293-304.


“Nehru and Civil Liberties in India.” In International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 7, Number 3,  2003, pp. 103-115.


“Human Rights NGO Strategies in India.” In International Human Rights Perspective, Volume 1, Number 1, 2002, pp. 67-80.


“Association for the Protection of Human Rights: The First Two Decades.” In Indian Journal of Human Rights. Volume 5, Numbers 1 and 2, January-December 2001, pp. 171-186.


“Human Rights NGOs in India: Membership and Leadership.” In New Quest: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Society and Culture, No. 142, October-December 2000, pp. 398-411.


“Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights: An Ethnic NGO.” In The Eastern Anthropologist, Volume 52, Number 4, October-December 1999, pp. 359-368.


“The Indian State and Human Rights NGOs.” In Ko’aga Rone’eta, (International and Human Rights Organizations Series), Series 6, Volume 1999.



Awards and recognition include:


Charles Wallace Fellowship in Social Anthropology, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, April to June 2009.

Visiting Professor,  Institut Orientaliste, Universite Catholoique de Louvain,  Belgium,  May to June 2000.

The Human Rights Millennium Award by the Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi, 2000.

Commonwealth Scholarship, University of Glasgow, UK, October 1992 to October 1995.


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