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Lakshmanan, Praveena
Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology


Praveena Lakshmanan is currently a third year doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She received her bachelors’ degree in Political Science followed by a master’s in Sociology from University of Houston (UH). During her time at UH, she assisted in coordinating the colloquia on gender-based violence in the South Asian community (2014). At UH, she was awarded the “Distinguished Service to Women Award” for her work in advancing gender equality through research, volunteer work, advocacy and leadership – on and off campus. Praveena has been involved in social justice work within Houston as well as transnationally for close to 10 years now, with focus on gender-based violence and other issues related to women and children. Her research lies at the intersection of gender, migration and development. Specifically, her scholarship pays close attention to topics related to South Asian immigrant women’s transition from working life in their home country to being unemployed in the US. Her current research focuses on South Asian immigrant men’s constructions of masculinity and emotional well-being. Broadly, her other research interests include transnational constructions of gender-based violence as perceived by individuals and institutions, and the intersections of migration, skin color, and caste. At Michigan State University, Praveena is also pursuing a graduate specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies.

About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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