Mitra Das is a Professor in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Sociology Department.

Mitra Das, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dugan Hall - 205J


Family studies and gender-related issues; immigration; ethnicity; social change and comparative perspective.

Research Interests

Family studies and gender-related issues; Immigration; Ethnicity; Social change and comparative perspective.


  • Ph D: Sociology, (1975), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
  • MA: Sociology, (1972), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
  • MA: Sociology, (1964), University of Rajasthan, India, 1964 - Jaipur, India
  • BA: Sociology, (1962), University of Rajasthan - Jaipur, India


Mitra Das, Ph.D. recently finished a book, "Between Two Cultures", which documents the resettlement issues experienced by Cambodian women who came to this country as refugees. Her earlier books include "From Nation to Nation: A Case Study of Bengali Independence and Technology", and "Values and Society: Social Factors in Technological Change". She is working on two new projects; one that reviews family changes as evident in the legal cases decided in court and the second that examines the effects of development on women in the Indian subcontinent. Das hopes to extend her study to the experiences of other immigrants who have migrated from her native India.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Teaching - Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

  • Das, M. (2014). Cambodian Community in Lowell, Massachusetts (pp. 167). Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC
  • Das, M., Dubus, N., Silka, L. (2013). Decades after Resettlement: Later Life Experiences of Aging Cambodian Refugees. Humanity & Society, 37(4) 327.
  • Das, M. (2009). Ghandi and Beyond: Nonviolence for an Age of Terrorism. Humanity and Society, 33(3) 266-267.
  • Das, M. (2006). Partition and Punjabiyat in Bombay cinema: the cinematic perspectives of Yash Chopra and others. Contemporary South Asia, 15(4) 453-471.
  • Menski, M., Akhtar, A.S., Amirali, A., Raza, M.A., Hoque, R., Benjamin, S., Ciotti, M., Das, M., Hasan, Z., Zavos, J. (2006). Special issue: in collaboration with the British association for South Asian studies. Contemporary South Asia, 15(4) 377-492.
  • Niessen, S., Leshkowich, A.M., Jones, C., Das, M. (2005). The globalization of Asian dress: re-orienting fashion. Cambridge anthropology, 25(3) 83-85.
  • Das, M., Kolack, S. (1990). TECHNOLOGY, VALUES, AND SOCIETY: SOCIAL FORCES IN TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE (pp. 171-171). New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, 1990. 171 pp.
  • Das, M. (1989). Making Sociology Attractive. Teaching Sociology, 17(3) 356-359.
  • Das, M. (1981). From nation to nation: a case study of Bengali independence.
  • Das, M. (1981). Social Movements, Social Change, and Mass Communication. International Review of Modern Sociology, 11(1 -- 2) 127-143.
  • Das, M. (1980). The Indian Call Girls. International Journal of Sociology of the Family, 10(1) 156-158.
  • Das, M. (1979). India: A World in Transition. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 14(1 -- 2) 143.
  • Das, M. (1977). Third World Women: Factors in Their Changing Status. International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 14(3-4) 300-301.

Selected Presentations

  • - 2nd Global Network Conference on Democracy and Governance, April 2008 - Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge
  • Challenges of Migration: Tradition v. Modern - The Immigrant Experience, New England Sociological Association, Spring Conference, April 2008 - Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  • Migration and Dilemmas of Parenting: Example of Cultural Challenges - Great Divides: Transgressing Boundaries, American Sociological Association 101st Annual Meeting, August 2006 - Montreal, Canada
  • Global Migration and Family Revolutions: The Case of Cambodians - Learning from Diverse Voices: Seminar on Southeast Asian Refugees in the Mill City, Changing Families, Communities and Institutions, June 2005 - Lowell
  • - First International Conference in Global Network, April 2005 - Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge
  • - 2005 International Bridge Builders Conference: From the Grassroots to the Global Arena, February 2005 - Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge
  • Global Migration and Sexual Revolution: Case of Cambodian Refugees - 36th World Congress of Sociology, July 2004 - Beijing, China
  • Personal Lives and Social Processes: Challenges and Opportunities in Coming to America Engaging with Uncertainties, Global and Local Actions - Conference of Association for Asian American Studies, March 2004 - Boston
  • "The Learning-Centered Syllabus as a Teaching Tool, June 2003 - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Southeast Asian Refugee Conference, May 2003 - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Issues of Assimilation: Case of Cambodians Refugees in Lowell, April 2001 - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Minority Women in Higher Education: Issues of Equity - 70th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 2000 - Baltimore
  • Cambodian Women in Lowell: Issues of Assimilation - 68th Annual Meeting of Eastern Sociological Society, March 1998 - Philadelphia
  • - Spring Conference of Massachusetts Sociological Conference on Families, Diversity and Change, 1989 - Massachusetts
  • "Teaching Sociology through Family Studies" - Families,Diversity and Change, Spring Conference, April 1989 - Lowell
  • "Technology and Social Transformation: The case of Lowell" - Humanities, Science and Technology, 2nd Annual Conference, April 1989 - Michigan
  • "Human/Social Factors in Technological Change: Relevance and Application" - Humanities, Science and Technology, 1st Annual Conference, March 1988 - Michigan
  • "How to make Sociology attractive" - 56th Annual Meeting, Eastern Sociological Society, 1986
  • "Religious Revitalization and Nation Building: Examination of Islamic revitalization in Iran" - XIth World Congress of Sociology, 1986 - New Delhi, India
  • "Sociological Impact of Integration", 1984 - University of Lowell/Bay State Skills Corporation Institute of Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • "Nonviolence and the Politics of Protest: Gandhi and Social Movements in the West" - 10th Annual Meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies, 1984
  • "Robots and the Impact on Society", 1983 - Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta, India
  • "Robots and Work" - Symposium on Impact of technology in China and the West, 1982 - Beijing Polytechnic University, Republic of China
  • "Gandhi: The Emancipation of women" - Conference on Gandhi and the American Perspective, 1981
  • "Minority Women and Women's Movement" - Womenergy, Women's Conference, 1980 - Lowell
  • "Women and change in India", 1977 - Connecticut
  • "The Effect of Sociology on the Student" - Spring Conference, 1977 - Massachusetts
  • Gandhian Ideology and Non-violence" - Symposium on Development Processes and Developing Areas, July 1970 - University of Calgary

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Healy Grant (), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Das, M.
  • Research Grant to study Matrimonial Advertisements in (), -
    Das, M.
  • (1998), Grant - University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Das, M.
  • Grant from the Council on Diversity (1998), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Das, M. (Principal)
  • Healy Endowment Grant (1993), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Das, M.
  • (1990), Grant - Funds for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education
    Das, M.
  • (1981), Grant - National Endowment for the Humanities
    Das, M.
  • Pilot Grant (1979), Grant - National Endowment for the Humanities
    Das, M.
  • Research Grant to study Matrimonial Advertisements in Modern India (1979), Grant - Indian Council of Social Science
    Das, M.
  • Recipient University Grants Commission Junior Fellowship (1965), Fellowship - University of Rajasthan
    Das, M.