Research Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
- Monica Biradavolu joined AU in 2010 after postdoctoral positions at Yale University and Duke University. She researches the structural determinants of health, an interdisciplinary focus that embeds health within economic, social, political and gendered power inequities and marginalization. She has done extensive ethnographic work over the past 6 years on HIV/AIDS interventions in southern India through Project Parivartan, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded research project based at the Center on Health, Risk and Society at AU. She is also interested in extending and applying insights from research in India to help develop interventions for HIV prevention in Washington D.C. To this end, she is collaborating with colleagues in the area to develop research programs to address the HIV epidemic in the metropolitan area. She also enjoys teaching the required qualitative methods course for M.A. students in Sociology.
DegreesPhD, Sociology, Duke University
MA, Sociology, Duke University
BA, Sociology, University of Delhi
English, Hindi, Telugu
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2011 Reed, Elizabeth, Jhumka Gupta, Monica Biradavolu, Vasavi Devireddy and Kim Blankenship. “The role of housing in determining HIV risk among female sex workers in Andhra Pradesh, India: Considering women’s life contexts.” Social Science and Medicine, 72(5): 710-716.
Structural determinants of health (including stigma and health; law, policing and health)
Health as a lens to understand international development & globalization
South Asia, particularly India
Grants and Sponsored Research
2010 American Sociological Association (ASA) Travel Award to attend the XVII World Congress of Sociology in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July
“Power, secrecy and stigma: Challenging sex worker stigma in an HIV/AIDS prevention project” at the International Sociological Association meeting, Gothenburg, Sweden, 10-17 July 2010
“Structural interventions for HIV prevention: Lessons from a sociological study with female sex workers in Southern India” at the North Carolina Sociological Association meeting, Durham, NC, 12 February 2010
“Policy considerations for HIV prevention: Enrolling NGOs to regulate police powers” at the conference Sex, Rights and the Law organized by the aids2031 Social Drivers Working Group, and hosted by UNDP, ICRW and the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS to address the long-term AIDS response relating to gender, sexuality and human rights, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 23-25 February 2009.
“Responding to police violence against sex workers,” Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting, New York, 10-12 August 2007.
“From being policed to policing the police: Sex workers mobilizing for lawful policing practices” presented at the Community Mobilization Meeting of the Avahan India AIDS Initiative (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Hyderabad, India, 17-18 May 2007.