Meghna Dutta

Meghna Dutta

Ph.D. student
Graduate Teaching Assistant




Meghna Dutta

I am qualitative researcher whose research lies at the intersection of gender, development and violence. I typically study how violence at the community and household level is used to legitimize structural and institutional level gender inequalities that specifically disadvantage women. Relatedly I try to explore the role of non-state actors in creating effective strategies for encountering such violence through empowerment programs, the impact it has on the women’s lives, and reasons for failure of such programs.

Formerly, I worked as a service-focused fieldwork researcher across NGO’s and also as a high school educator. My experience is rooted in a rock-solid background of working with young, vulnerable section of the society, especially women facing discrimination and violence. Backed by solid credentials (B.A., M.S.W. and M.S.c.) and equal strengths in program, personnel and casework management.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 Gender, violence, race, mixed methods, qualititative methodology. 


  • B.A. (Sociology), University of Delhi, India
  • M.S.c. (Comparative Social Change), Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Ireland

Awards and grants

University College Dublin Global Tuition Scholarship (2019-2020)

Courses taught by Meghna Dutta

Spring-Summer Term 2024

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Spring-Summer Term 2022