Sarbeswar Sahoo

Sarbeswar Sahoo
Associate Professor
CV Summary: 

Sarbeswar Sahoo is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He was Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Weber Centre, University of Erfurt, Germany. He received his Ph.D from the National University of Singapore , Singapore. Before joining IIT Delhi in July 2010, Dr. Sahoo was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. His research interests include issues related to Postcolonial State, Civil Society and Democratization, Sociology of Religion, and Neo-liberal Globalization.

Contact Information

office: MS 642B
phone: 91 11 2659 1383
email: sarbeswar [at] hss [dot] iitd [dot] ac [dot] in

Postal address
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016

Research Areas

Post-colonial State, Civil Society and Democratization, Sociology of Religion, Poverty, and Neo-liberal Globalization.

Academic Background

PhD, National University of Singapore (2010)
M.Phil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2004)
MA, Hyderabad Central University (2002)

Employment History

Charles Wallace Fellow, Department of Anthropology, History, Philosophy and Politics, Queen's University Belfast, UK, April-June 2017.

Adjunct Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2013-Present

Visiting Professor, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), University of Cardiff, Wales, UK, October, 2016.

Visiting Professor, Institute of Ethnology, University of Muenster, Germany, May-July 2015

Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Weber Centre for Advanced Social and Cultural Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany 2011-13

Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, January-June 2010

Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore, 2009

Visiting PhD Fellow, Department of International Development Studies, School of Society and Globalization, Roskilde University, Denmark, 2008



Pentecostalism and Politics of Conversion in India, New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Civil Society and Democratization in India: Institutions, Ideologies and Interests, London, New York: Routledge, 2013.


'Market Liberalism, Marginalized Citizens, and Counter-Movements in India,' Asian Studies Review, Vol.41, No.1, March 2017, pp.1-19.

'Civil Society and Democratization: A Counter-Case from India,' Democratization, Vol.21, No.3, May 2014, pp.480-500.

'Doing Development or Creating Dependency? NGOs and Civil Society India,' South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Vol.36, No.2, July 2013, pp.258-272.

‘Political Mobilization, the Poor and Democratization in Neo-liberal India’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 40, No. 3, August 2010, pp. 487-508.


'Religious Violence and the "Developmental State" in Rajasthan,' in R.C. Tripathi and Purnima Singh, eds. (2016) Perspectives on Violence and Othering in India, New Delhi: Springer, pp.175-194.

'Empowering the Vernacular Publics: Civil Society and Democratic Participation in Rajasthan,' in T.A. Neyazi, A. Tanabe and S. Ishizaka, eds. (2014) Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India, London: Routledge, pp.59-75.


"Civil Society and Inclusive Development in India," Funded by Netherlands Research Organisation and WOTRO (0.5 million Euro).

"Civil Society and Good Governance in India and Bangladesh," Funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund of the Academy of the Medical Sciences, UK (24,000 Pounds).

"Poverty, Religious Violence and the 'Developmental' State in India," Funded by the Planning Unit of IIT Delhi (4 Lakhs).

Teaching Areas

State, Civil Society and Democratization Theory, Indian Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Development