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Nikhil Deb

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Nikhil Deb is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at 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 or 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, evident in the 1984 Bhopal catastrophe in Bhopal, India, his research in Bangladesh examines the ways in which neoliberal development projects 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 ethnographic.

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

Deb, Nikhil. 2021.“Slow Violence and the Gas Peedit in Neoliberal India.” Social Problems. September 2021.

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

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, Kristen Budd, David Lane, and Jason Smith. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

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