Dr. Aditya Raj
Dr. Aditya Raj
Asst. Professor
Ph.D, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Ph: +91-612-255 2095
Fax: +91-612-227 7383

Highest Academic Qualification


Degree Institution/University
Ph.D , 2007 McGill University, Montreal, Canada
M. Phil. 2002 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
M.A (Sociology) Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
PGD (Journalism) BhartiyaVidya Bhavan, New Delhi
B. A (History) University of Delhi, New Delhi
10+2 (PCM) Science College, Patna University, Patna (Bihar)
10th ICSE St-Xavier’s School, Sahebganj (Jharkhand)
Research Areas : Sociology of Education, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Development Discourse, Qualitative Research Design, Youth
Ph.D. Students :
Name Category  & Background Research keywords Status
Dr. Manish Kumar Trustee/Regional Director @ Innovators in Health Inter-state migration & health concerns DEGREE AWARDED
Dr. Pooja Asst. Professor @ Magadh University Literary representation & social inclusion DEGREE AWARDED
Mr. Thakur Prem Kumar Regular & Fulltime. Institute Fellow. Higher education, migration and youth All But Dissertation (ABD)
Mr. Shamsher Alam Asst. Professor @ Central University of Jharkhand Inclusion, gender,  mores-norms-laws All But Dissertation (ABD)
Ms.  Madhu Manjuri Gohain Regular & Fulltime. Institute Fellow. Early learning in formal context FIELDWORK
Ms. Rashmi Regular & Fulltime. UGC-JRF School and society FIELDWORK
Mr. Rohit Ranjan Regular & Fulltime. UGC-JRF Migration and education COURSE WORK
Post Graduate Supervision :  CAI Huafen, M.Ed Thesis (Bilingual Education: The Way to Equity and justice in Multicultural Context) Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia (Second Reader)
Professional Experience :
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2007-2010): University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Teaching and Research Fellow (2002-2007): McGill University, Montreal
  • Lecturer (2001-2002): Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Awards & Honours :
  • Professor M N Srinivas Memorial Prize 2013 [Constituted in 2001, by the Indian Sociological Society, this prestigious prize is given to young Sociologist (under 40) for noteworthy publication. Dr. Aditya Raj is 11th winner and the 1st from a new IIT. Other winners from the IIT system are Professor R. Robinson (IIT Mumbai, 2001), Dr. V. Arora (IIT Delhi, 2008), Dr. P. Vigneswara (IIT Delhi, 2009) and Dr. A. Chakrabarti (IIT Kanpur, 2010)]
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2008-2009)
  • University of British Columbia: CSICS (2007-2008)
  • McGill University: Alma Mater (2004 & 2006)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship (2002-2006)
  • UGC (NET) Sociology Dec. 1998

Member of Professional Bodies

  • Indian Sociological Association; American Sociological Association; International Sociological Association; American Educational Research Association.
  • Co-Convener, Research Committee (04) Migration and Diaspora Studies, Indian Sociological Society.
Current Sponsored projects :
  • Waste Management Training to Reduce Health Hazards of Solid Waste in Patna (Centre for Energy and Environment, IIT Patna, Co-PI and Education Specialist; 2014-2017)
  • A Concurrent Study of MGNREGA implementation in Bihar (PI: Funded by the- Department of Rural Development, Government of India; 2011-2013)
  • Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI) Internship Program (Co-PI and Research Advisor; funded by UNICEF Office of Bihar; 2010)
Text and Reference books authored : Raj, Aditya (2010) Indian Diaspora in Canada: Community, Culture, and Capital (ISBN 978-3-639-30448-0)
Member, Editorial Board : Founding/Managing Editor: Research and Practice in Social Sciences Website- www.researchandpractice.com
Teaching : IIT Patna:
  • HS231 Introductory Sociology
  • HS331 Sociology of Development
  • HS531 Science, Technology, and Society
  • HS731 Social Research Design and Practice
  • HS732 Sociology of Education
  • HS734 Theories of Knowing in Society

University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2007-2010):
  • CCFI502 Theorizing Knowing in Education; Making Knowledge:: Public:: Knowledge
  • EDUC500 Research Methodology in Education

McGill University, Montreal (2002-2007):
  • EDER649 Multicultural Societies
  • EDES366: Literature for Young Adults
  • EDEC410/ EDER464 Multicultural/Intercultural Education

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (2001-2002):

  • BA (III) Industrial Sociology
  • MA (I) Organization, Labor, and Management
Unpublished Manuscripts :
  • Ethnographic Study of the Creation and Usage of Diasporic Capital for Education and Identity Construction of Indian Diasporic Youth in Montreal (PhD dissertation, McGill University) 2007
  • A Sociological Study of Multicultural Education and Indian Diaspora in Canada (M.Phil dissertation, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) 2001
Acknowledgement(s) in books :
  • Pinar, William (2009) The Worldliness of a Cosmopolitan Education: Passionate Lives in Public Service New York and London: Routledge (for cross reference)
  • Lise, Winer (2009) Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago: On Historical Principles, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press (for research assistance)
  • Ghosh, Ratna & Ali A. Abdi (2004) Education and the Politics of Difference: Canadian Perspectives Toronto: Canadian Scholar’s Press (for editorial assistance)
Selected Book-Reviews :
  • "Philanthropy in India: Promise to Practice", Sociological Bulletin, Volume 67, Issue 1 (April 2018) 137-139
  • “Security in Global Health: Towards the Medicalization of Insecurity” International Sociology Review of Books, Volume 27, Number 5, 690-95, 2012
  • "Emergent Literacy and Language Development: Promoting Learning in Early Childhood", Language and Language Teaching, 1 (70-72) 2012
  • "Research Realities in Social Sciences", Journal of Health Management, 13 (477-78) 2011 - with Manish Kumar
  • "The World in a City" (Eds.) Paul Anisef and Michael Lanphier The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 41 (1) 2004
  • "Cultural Studies and Education: Perspectives on Theory, Methodology and Practice" (Eds.) by Ruben A. Gaztambide-Fernandez et al Teacher’s College Record Vol.106 (8) 2004
  • "Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends" (Ed.) by Pierrette Hondagneu- Sotelo Gender, Work and Organization Vol. 11 (5) 2004
  • "Theorizing Diaspora: A Reader" (Eds.) by J.E. Braziel and A. Mannur McGill Journal of Education Vol. 39 (2) 2004
  • "Development Hegemony: NGOs and the State in India" by Sangeeta Kamat Comparative Education Review Vol. 48 (1) 2004
  • "State, Development and Identity in South Asia: A Search for Alternate Paradigm" by Vasum and Louis (ed.) Social Action April-June 2003
  • "Wor””Democracy and Development: Socio-psychological Monitoring of Organizations and Programmes" by Prayag Mehta Sociological Bulletin Vol. 51(2) 2002
Select Publications :
Select Presentations :
  • "Politics of Healthcare and the Imperatives for Social Change in India" Asian Studies Association, India Habitat Center- Ashoka University, New Delhi, 5-8 July 2018
  • "Exploring New Grounds of Studying Bihar" Discussant at Darbhanga House, Patna University, Tata Institute of Social Science Research, February 27, 2017
  • "Knowing in contemporary society: engagement with public and theories" 42nd All Indian Sociological Conference, Department of Sociology, Tezpur University 27-30 Dec, 2016
  • "A Study of Different Public Policies for Rural Development" 2nd International Conference on Contemporary debates in Public Policy and Management, Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, 15-17 January, 2016
  • "Education of Indian Diasporic Youth in Canada" 40nd All Indian Sociological Conference, Department of Sociology, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi,9-30 Nov-1 Dec, 2014
  • Youth: Lifestyles, Vulnerabilities, and Education, Sociology of Youth, World Congress of Sociology, July 13-19, 2014, Yokohama, Japan (accepted, with Dr. Papia Raj)
  • Indian Sociology- Future Trends, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) sponsored Book-release and National Conference, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, February 2014
  • Critical Foundations of Migration and Diaspora Studies, Aditya Raj, 39th All India Sociological Conference, 27-29 December 2013
  • MGNREGA Implementation in Bihar: Problems and Perspectives, Contemporary Debates in Public Policy and Management, Indian Institute of Management Kolkata, 07-09 February 2013
  • Contemporary Indian Youth: Dynamics and Trends, Conference on Critical Youth Studies, University of Calgary (Edmonton), 30-31 May 2013.
  • Contemporary Development in India: Case of MGNREGA, Canadian Sociological Association, Congress 2013 Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria (British Columbia), 03-08 June 2013
  • Implementation of MGNREGA in Bihar and its effects on Rural Migration, All India Sociological Conference, JNU Delhi (December 2011)
  • Indian Youth in India and in the Diaspora", International Conference of Youth, Calcutta University (November 2011) with Dr Papia Raj
  • Migration and Development: Assesing the Impact on the sending context, All India Sociological Conference, Cuttack (December 2010)
  • Diaspora and Education: Community, Culture, and Capital, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 26 July, 2010
  • Learning and Teaching with Films: Bollywood Cinema, Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 30, 2008.
  • Globalization, Youth, and Education, English Language Institute, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 9, 2008.
  • Diaspora Dimension in Curriculum Studies, AAACS, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, 21-24 March, 2008.
  • Me, Myself, Memoirs: Journey and Beyond, CSICS, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Feb.12, 2008.
  • Role of Immigrant Community in Educating their Youth, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference (Sociology of Education), San Francisco, 8-12 April, 2006.
  • Indian Diaspora in North America: The Role of Ethnic Networks and Organizations, American Sociological Association Annual Conference (Sociology of Culture), San Francisco, CA. August 14-17, 2004.
  • Multiculturalism and Ethnic Groups: Indian Diaspora in Canada, Annual All-India Sociological Conference, Amritsar (Punjab) India, Dec. 26-29, 2001