Dr. Nikhil Deb

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Nikhil Deb

Office: Faculty Hall 5A-6

Dr. Deb's CV

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Tennessee
M.A., Sociology, Ohio University
M.S.S., Sociology, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh

Teaching and Research Interests

Political economy, the environment, development, global South, global inequality and racism, comparative sociology


Nikhil Deb is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Murray State University. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh. Before joining Murray State University faculty, he held a full-time lecturer position at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK).

His research broadly focuses on how economic and political activities typically favor some human groups at the expense of other existing or future human groups and the environment. His current research, for example, examines how political economic transitions shape the ways in which powerful actors—state and corporations—render invisible the long-term social and environmental devastation affecting marginalized people in the Global South countries, including Bangladesh and India. His research has been funded by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Racial Minority Fellowship), McClure Fellowship, Yates Dissertation Fellowship, and Penley-Thomas-Allen Fellowship. His research appeared in sociology and interdisciplinary outlets, such as Critical Sociology, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, and Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology. He serves as a reviewer for various journals.

Courses Taught

SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology
HON 133 Honors Seminar in Sociology
SOC 300 Social Theory
SOC 360 Research Methods
SOC 480 Environmental Sociology (special topics)

Selected Publications

Deb, Nikhil. 2020. “Law and Corporate Malfeasance in Neoliberal India.” Critical Sociology. doi: 10.1177/0896920520907122.

Deb, Nikhil. 2020. “Corporate Capitalism, Environmental Damage, and the Rule of Law: The Magurchara Gas Explosion in Bangladesh.” In the Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology, edited by Nigel South and Avi Brisman. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315207094

Deb, Nikhil and Maya Rao. 2020/fc. “The Pandemic and the Invisible Poor of the Global South: Slum Dwellers in Mumbai, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh.” In Social Problems in the Age of COVID-19: Volume 2 – Global Perspectives, edited by Glenn Muschert et al. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Deb, Nikhil. 2018. “The Fukushima Disaster and the Framing of Nuclear Energy in India.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 17(4):473-495. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/15691497-12341489

Hussain, Belayeth A.H.M, and Nikhilendu Deb. 2016. “Gender-Sensitivity of Bangladesh Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP): A Gender Scanning.” SUST Journal of Social Sciences 25(2):43-55.

Deb, Nikhilendu. 2011. “Postmodernism: A Perplexing Framework for a Malleable World.” (In Bengali). SUST Journal of Social Sciences 13(1):1-11.