R. Thirunavukkarasu currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad
is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad. He held brief teaching assignments at the Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and later at the Department of Sociology, Loyola College, Chennai. He also had short research assignments with the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia and later at the Lokniti Programme at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi. Before joining the University of Hyderabad, he was Associate Director, Institute of Human Rights Education, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. His doctoral research focused on the ideological conflicts within Tamil nationalism during the late colonial Madras Presidency. His current research focuses on the cultural economy of caste in contemporary Tamil Nadu.