Nikhil Deb

Nikhil Deb

Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Research Foci

  • Political Economy
  • Development and Environment (Climate Change)
  • Theory
  • Global South
  • Comparative Sociology
  • Movement Resistance
  • Global Racism
  • Extended Case Study

About Nikhil Deb

Nikhil Deb is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Shahjalal University (Bangladesh) and Murray State University. He studies how political and economic activities typically favor some human groups at the expense of other currently living or future human groups and the environment. Specifically, he examines whether the change in the governance of the global South, i.e., transition to neoliberalism, has contributed to environmental and social problems in marginalized locales, with particular attention to India and Bangladesh, the country of his origin. While his research in India shows how the neoliberal turn in Indian governance played a crucial role in the production of many lingering consequences – and resistance to it— evident in the 1984 Bhopal catastrophe in Bhopal, India, his research in Bangladesh examines how neoliberal development projects (export-oriented shrimp farming) in southern deltaic Bangladesh, an area exceptionally vulnerable to and an experimental laboratory of climate change, reproduce the vulnerability of many land-depended communities. His research is primarily fieldwork-driven.


· Ph.D., Sociology, University of Tennessee

· M.A., Sociology, Ohio University

· M.S.S., Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

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Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

· Deb, Nikhil, Manjusha Nair, and Glenn Muschert, eds. 2023/Forthcoming. Handbook of Social Justice in the Global South. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

· Deb, Nikhil. 2023/Forthcoming. “Development Regimes and Neoliberalism in Bangladesh.” In Contemporary Changes in Bangladeshi Society in the Journey of Development, edited by Shahidur Rahman. London: Routledge.

· Deb, Nikhil. 2022. Slow Violence and the Gas Peddit in Neoliberal India. Social Problems. Online First:

· Deb, Nikhil. 2022/Forthcoming. “Bhopal Disaster.” In Encyclopedia of Technological

Hazards and Disasters in the Social Sciences, edited by Duane A. Gill, Liesel A. Ritchie, and Nnenia Campbell. UK: Edward Elgar.

· Deb, Nikhil and Avijit Chakrabarty. 2023/Forthcoming. “Neoliberal Capital Projects and the Politics of Dispossession and Contamination in Neoliberal Bangladesh. In Handbook of Southern Green Criminology, edited by David Rodríguez Goyes. London: Palgrave.

· Deb, Nikhil. 2020. “Law and Corporate Malfeasance in Neoliberal India.” Critical Sociology 46(7-8): 1157-1171.

· Deb, Nikhil. 2018. “The Fukushima Disaster and the Framing of Nuclear Energy in India.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 17(4):473-495.

· Deb, Nikhil. 2020. “Corporate Capitalism, Environmental Damage, and the Rule of Law: The Magurchara Gas Explosion in Bangladesh.” Pp. 367-381 in the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology, edited by Nigel South and Avi Brisman. London: Routledge.

· Deb, Nikhil and Maya Rao. 2020. “The Pandemic and the Invisible Poor of the Global South: Slum Dwellers in Mumbai, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.” Pp. 51-60 in Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Global Perspectives, edited by Glenn Muschert et al. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Courses Taught

· Soc 218: International Political Economy

· SOC 222: Classical Sociological Theory (Winter 20223)

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