News Releases

Fulbright Awarded to Ithaca College Sociologist for Gender Inequality Research in India

ITHACA, NY — The U.S. Department of State has awarded a Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional Award for Teaching and Research to an Ithaca College faculty member. Bhavani Arabandi, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, will spend July through December at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) campus in Hyderabad, India.

Arabandi, who is originally from Hyderabad, has extensive grassroots experience in community development programs in India. Her project, “Gender Inequalities in a Global Era: Women’s Education and Impact on National Development,” will focus on gender inequality and its effect on women’s socioeconomic status. Her research will investigate why Indian women’s participation in the labor force is decreasing — even though their level of education is increasing — and its implications for national development.

Arabandi will also teach a course, Theorizing Feminisms, to graduate students in the women’s studies program at TISS. Her class will incorporate scholarly guest lectures facilitated through social media. Along with her own research, Arabandi will conduct research and plan teaching proposals with institute faculty and students.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is an international educational exchange program that provides 800 grants each year to support academic professionals in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit