Kasturi Dasgupta, Ph.D.

Rumu DasGupta
Phone: 732-987-2336
Office Location:
A&S 110
Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday - 11:30am to 1:30pm Wednesdays - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Sociology, Criminal Justice & Anthropology Dept.
Vita(PDF): Kasturi (Rumu) DasGupta

Educational Backround:

  • Ph.D. (Sociology), Louisiana State University
  • Baton Rouge, December 1979 M.A. (Sociology)
  • Southern University, Baton Rouge, May 1974 B.A. (Economics)
  • Indraprastha College (Delhi University), Delhi 1970


  • "Asian Indian Women: Guidelines for Community Intervention" in the Event of Abuse Family Assault and Sexual Assault Bulletin, Volume 9, Number 4,1993
  • "The Global Resurgence of Ethnicity: An Inquiry into the Sociology of Ideological Discontent" Explorations in Ethnic Studies, Special Issue:  Ethnicity: Global Perspectives  Volume 18, Number 1, (January 1995)
  • The Asian Indian Family: Raising Bicultural Children Asian Indian Americans: Motifs on Ethnicity and Gender, Editor: Brij Khare, (1997)
  • Kendall- Hunt Review of Daniel Friedman and Sharon Grimberg, Miss India Georgia, Ethnic Studies Review, Special Issue: "The Ethnic Experience in the United States,"Volume 20 (1997)
  • Review of Lavina Dhingra Shankar and Rajini Srikanth, "A Part Yet Apart: South Asians in Asian America, Ethnic Studies Review," Volume 21(1998)
  • Negotiating the “ In-Between Space ”: Third World Women in American Higher Education Transformations: A Resource for Curriculum Transformation and Scholarship, Special Issue: “ Keepin ’ it Real ” Volume 10, Number 2 (Fall1999)
  • Reminiscing about Burlington Newsletter of the Association for Humanist Sociology, January 2004 "Review of Thomas Sowell, Affirmative Action around the World: An Empirical Study," New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2004. ix + 239 pp. $28.00 (cloth),$17.00 (paper), ISBN 0-300-10199-6,0-300- 10775-7. H-Peace, July 2005
  • Introducing Social Stratification: The Causes and Consequences of Inequality Lynne Rienner Publishers, Publication Date February 2015

Courses Taught:

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Black Experience in America
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Globalization and Social Justice
  • Consumerism vs. Sustainability
  • Women's Place in a Changing Society
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Medical Sociology
  • Complex Organizations
  • Sociology of Education
  • Political Sociology

Research Area:

  • Globalization and Immigration
  • Community
  • Citizenship
  • Activism
  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Prejudice and Oppression
  • Consumerism and Sustainability

Service to the University:

  • Department Chair for over 10 Years
  • Pioneered the Service Learning Program
  • Member and Co-Chair of Curriculum Committee
  • Member Rank and File Committee
  • Moderator Black Student Union
  • Moderator for AKD
  • Moderator for Vegetarian Society of GCU
  • Member of Sabbatical Committee

Why I Love GCU:

  • GCU allows me to practice what is so close to my heart - a ‘public sociology’ which gives me the opportunity to integrate the core values of the Mercy Sisters – justice, integrity, respect, service, and compassion into the discussions of poverty, homelessness, immigration, racism, globalization, militarization, war. It continues outside the classroom when I take students to Camden, to the homeless shelters, to the US and Mexico Border in El Paso and Juarez to see firsthand the realities of poverty, inequality, globalization and immigration as they are lived out in people’s lives.

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