Raka Ray

South & Southeast Asian Studies

I bring to the role of a core advisor both a long and engaged history of mentoring students and younger colleagues and experience of leadership at multiple levels. 


Raka Ray is a Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the former Chair of the Institute of South Asia Studies (2003-2012) and the Department of Sociology (2012-2015), and served as the Chair of the Budget Committee (2018-19). Her areas of specialization are gender and feminist theory, globalization, inequality, emerging middle classes, social movements, and postcolonial sociology. Her current project explores the historic relationship between masculinity and capitalism, and the transformations in gender wrought by the decline of traditional fields of work for men.