Meera Kosambi

Meera Kosambi

Meera Kosambi (born April 24, 1939) is a prominent Indian sociologist. She is the youngest daughter of a prominent Marxist historian and mathematician, D.D. Kosambi, and grand-daughter of Acharya Dharmananda Damodar Kosambi, prominent Buddhist Schloar and a Pāli language expert. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Stockholm and has authored several books and articles on urban sociology and women's studies in India. She had served for nearly a decade as the director of the Research Centre for Women's Studies at the SNDT University for Women, Mumbai. Her much acclaimed work has been on India's 19th century feminist Pandita Ramabai, whose writings she compiled, edited and translated from Marathi. [1]


  • 1986 Bombay in Transition : The Growth and Social Ecology of a Colonial City, 1880-1980, Stockholm, Sweden: Almqvist & Wiksell International
  • 1994 Women's Oppression in the Public Gaze: an Analysis of Newspaper Coverage, State Action and Activist Response (edited), Bombay: Research Centre for Women’s Studies, S.N.D.T. Women’s University
  • 1994 Urbanization and Urban Development in India, New Delhi: Indian Council of Social Science Research
  • 1995 Pandita Ramabai’s Feminist and Christian Conversions : Focus on Stree Dharma-neeti, Bombay: Research Centre for Women’s Studies, S.N.D.T. Women’s University
  • 1996 Women in Decision-Making in the Private Sector in India (with Divya Pandey and Veena Poonacha), Mumbai: Research Centre for Women’s Studies, S.N.D.T. Women’s University
  • 2000 Intersections : Socio-Cultural Trends in Maharashtra (edited), New Delhi: Orient Longman, New Delhi
  • 2000 Pandita Ramabai Through Her Own Words: Selected Works (translated, edited and compiled) New Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press
  • 2003 Pandita Ramabai's American Encounter : The Peoples of the United States (1889) (translated and edited), Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • 2007 Crossing Thresholds: Feminist Essays in Social History, Ranikhet: Permanent Black


  1. ^ "The Modernist's Gaze". Chennai, India: The Hindu. May 2, 2004. 

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