Aarushi Bhandari Assistant Professor of Sociology
- Ph.D. Stony Brook University
- M.A. Stony Brook University
- B.A. Manhattanville College
Areas of Expertise
- Research Methods
- Globalization & International Development
- Media & Technology
- Mindfulness and Wellbeing
I teach courses on statistics and advanced quantitative methods, media and information technologies, globalization, international development and social movements. Pedagogically, I aim to provide students with social scientific lenses by which they can evaluate and make sense of the various social institutions they encounter in their daily lives.
As a millennial, I relate to the challenges young people face with online information overload from all kinds of reliable and unreliable sources. In developing my courses, I aim to provide students with the tools to synthesize the flurry of information they receive into theoretically coherent narratives that best explain the social world using the scientific method.
My research explores the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in fostering international development. I draw from global sociological perspectives of world systems, dependency and world polity theories to assess variations between countries in adoption and impact of ICTs.
My article “Gender Inequality in Mobile Technology Access: The Role of Economic and Social Development” underscores the societal factors that contribute to a gender digital divide across different countries.
In addition to ongoing cross-national research, I am also involved in collaborative research projects on the topics of mindfulness and social life. I look forward to sharing these works with the Davidson and broader intellectual communities in the near future.
I am a first generation immigrant from Nepal and consider myself a global citizen. In my spare time, I love to run, cook and practice meditation.