Professor Ray's areas of specialization are gender and feminist theory, domination and inequality, cultures of servitude and social movements. Publications on social movements include Fields of Protest: Women's Movements in India (University of Minnesota, 1999; and in India, Kali for Women, 2000), Women's Movements in the Third World: Identity, Mobilization and Autonomy with Anna Korteweg (Annual Review of Sociology, 1999) and Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics, co-edited with Mary Katzenstein (Rowman and Littlefeld, 2005).
Together with Seemin Qayum, she has just completed a manuscript titled Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India. Articles from that project include "Masculinity, Femininity And Servitude: Domestic Workers in Calcutta in the Late Twentieth Century" (Feminist Studies 2000), and (with Seemin Qayum) "Grappling with Modernity: Calcutta's Respectable Classes and the Culture of Domestic Servitude" (Ethnography 2003).
Professor Raka Ray is brought to CMC by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.