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Biography

I am a lecturer in the Department of Peace Studies and International Development, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Prior to attending the University of Bradford, I worked as a lecturer in the Department of International Development at King's College London. Earlier, I completed my PhD in Politics and my master’s (with distinction) in International Relations also from King's. My current research interests lie at the intersection of religion and politics, especially in South Asia. In particular, I am interested in the social and political growth of nationalist movements, and its impact on religious, gendered and caste minorities. 

Research

My current research interests lie at the intersection of religion and politics, especially in South Asia. In particular, I am interested in the social and political growth of nationalist movements, their impacts on religious, gendered and caste minorities, and the resulting effects on democracy and secularism. My recently completed doctoral dissertation, which engaged with Johan Galtung’s violence triangle, showed the interplay between direct, cultural and structural forms of violence against the relatively understudied Christian community in India. My fieldwork explored these dynamics in the south Indian state of Karnataka. I am currently working towards converting my dissertation into a monograph. Along with Raphael Susewind at the London School of Economics, I have co-edit a special issue on Hindutva and the Rule(s) of Law which will be out with Socio-Legal Studies by the end of the year.

Teaching

Teaching interests

Creative Practices. Theatre of the Oppressed. Experiential Learning

Professional activities

  • Political Science Association, Member
  • British Association of South Asian Studies, Member
  • Law and Society Association, Member

Publications

TitleTeaching the Teachers: Reflections from two Graduate Teaching Assistants (2022)
AuthorsAnna Grimaldi and Sudhir Selvaraj
JournalPostgraduate Pedagogies
 

TitleRevisioning Paradigms: Essays in Honour of David Selvaraj (2015)
AuthorsMercy Kappen, M. Sudhir Selvaraj, S. Theodore Baskaran
PublisherVisthar Publications