Sarbeswar Sahoo

Sarbeswar Sahoo
CV Summary: 

Sarbeswar Sahoo is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He was Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the University of Erfurt (Germany) and Charles Wallace Fellow at Queen's University Belfast (UK). He received his Ph.D from the National University of Singapore and has held Visiting Fellowships at University of Groningen (Netherlands), University of Cardiff (UK), University of Muenster (Germany), University of Erfurt (Germany), Roskilde University (Denmark), Queen’s University Belfast (UK), and NUS (Singapore).

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 Democratisation, Sociology of Religion ( Christianity), and Neo-liberalism.

Academic Background

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

Employment History

NWO Visiting Professor, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Groningen, NL, May-June 2022.

Visiting Professor, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD), University of Cardiff, UK, July 2018.

Visiting Professor, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, July 2017.

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



Godroads: Modalities of Conversion in India , New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2020 (edited with Peter Berger).

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

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


'Representation by Development Organisations: Evidence from India and Implications for Inclusive Development,' Journal of Environment and Development, (with Suparna Katyaini & Margit van Wessel), Vol.30, No.1, 2021, pp.98-123.

'Complementarities in CSO Collaborations: How Working with Diversity Produces Advantages,' VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations, (with M. van Wessel & Farhat Naz), Vol.32, No.4, 2021, pp.717-730.

'Collaboration, Co-optation or Navigation? The Role of Civil Society in Disaster Governance in India,' VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organisations, (with R. Syal & M. van Wessel), Vol.32, No.4, 2021, pp.795-808.

'Civil Society and the Contemporary Threats to Religious Freedom in Bangladesh,' Journal of Civil Society, (with Paul Chaney), Vol.16, No.3, July 2020, pp.191-215.

'Caste, Conversion and Care: Towards and Anthropology of Christianity of India', Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, Vol. 32, Article. 3, 2019, pp. 9-19.

'Matrimonial', South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Guest Editors: M. Ashar, T. Brown, A. Doron, & C. Jeffrey, Vol. 40, No. 2, June 2017, pp. 354-357.

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

'Civil Society and Democratisation: A Counter-Case from India,' Democratisation, 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.


'The Multiple Faces of Civil Society in India,' in Palash Kamruzzaman, eds. (2019) Civil Society in Global South, London: Routledge pp.104-119.

'Dealing with the Intimate Enemy: Civil Society and Ethno-Religious Conflict in Contemporary India,' in Kristian Steiner & Andreas Önnerfors, eds. (2018) Expressions of Radicalisation: Global Politics, Processes and Practices, London: Palgrave MacMillan, pp.181-207.

'Caste,' in Bryan S. Turner, (2017) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, New York: Wiley-Blackwell, pp.1-7.

'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) - Completed.

"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) - Completed.

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

"Understanding Anti-Christian Violence in India," Funded by Industrial Research and Development Unit of IIT Delhi (1 Lakh) - Completed.


Kusuma trust sponsored “Outstanding Young Faculty Award” from IIT Delhi.

Charles Wallace India Trust Award 2017 at Queen's University Belfast, UK

Teaching Areas

State, Civil Society and Democratisation Theory, Indian Sociology, Political Sociology, Sociological Theory, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Development, Historical Methods in Sociology, Modernity and Globalisation