Sonia Kapur, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Studies

Contact Information

  • 250-3943
  • 207 Zeis Hall

Sonia Kapur earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She has over seven years of non-profit sector experience on issues of gender and child rights across South Asia and India in particular. She has taught courses on ethnicity and nation-building, gender and policy, and comparative politics. Her research interests include immigration policy and domestic abuse, intersectionality, stratification and refugee studies, health impact assessments and religious nationalism.


  • Ph. D., Public Policy, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Ph. D., Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • M.Phil., Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
  • M. A., Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • B. A., Sociology (Hons.)., University of Delhi, India

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Nation-building, Identity, and Diversity in South Asia
  • Gender and Development in South Asia
  • Senior Capstone: Cultivating Global Citizenship


  • Kapur, S. (2022). Approaches and Challenges to Teaching about Other Cultures: The Case Study of Nation-Building, Identity, and Diversity in South Asia. World History Connected, 19(2).
  • Tuke, G., Kapur, S., and Ashour, K. (2021). Global citizenship cultivation through the COIL-PBL model: Case Study of the Great Debates course. Journal of Virtual Exchange, 4, 80-91.
  • Kapur, S. (2019). Holiday Brides and Policy Concerns:  The Perils of Being in "NO-Man's" Land.  Gender and Women's Studies, 2 (3):2.
  • Kapur, S. & Zajicek, A. (2018). Constructions of Battered Asian Indian Marriage Migrants: The Narratives of Domestic Violence Advocates. Violence Against Women,24 (16), 1928-1948.
  • Kapur, S., Zajicek, A., & Hunt, V. (2017)  Immigration Provisions in the Violence Against Women Act: Implications for Asian Indian Marriage Migrants.  Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
  • Kapur, S., Zajicek, A., & Gaber, J. (2015).  Non-Profit Organizations' Serving Domestic Violence Survivors:  Addressing Intersectional Needs of Asian Indians.  Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 1-17.  doi: 10.1177/0886109915592669.
  • Gaber, J. and Kapur, S. (2014). Health Impact Assessments in India: Exploring a Possible Community Health Policy Innovation. Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, 5(3), 276-280.
  • Hoffman, E., Srivastava, G., and Kapur, S. (2013). Youthful Peak Experiences among India’s Nursing Students: Educational Implications. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(2), 391-395.
  • Hoffman, E., Relwani-Garg, N., Kaneshiro, S., and Kapur, S. (2012).Peak-experiences among Indians in midlife. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 3(3), 217-223.
  • Kapur, S. with Soodan, K. S. and Srivastava, U. Society and Social Justice: A Nexus in Reviewby Mohan, B. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2012 (Coeditor).