Aparna Rayaprol is Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad and the Director of the Study in India Program. Her areas of interest include gender studies, Indian diaspora, qualitative research methods and urban sociology. She was an Associate Professor in Research Methodology at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai for a brief period. She was a faculty on the Semester at Sea Fall 2003 Voyage which went around the world (10 countries) teaching courses in sociology. Her PhD was from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research on second generation Indian-Americans was funded initially by an ICSSR grant on Indian diaspora and Princeton University at the Center for the Study of American Religion in 1998-99. She continues to work in the area of diaspora and gender as well as globalization and gender in the Indian context. She is the author of Negotiating Identities: Women in the Indian Diaspora, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1997.
She has been with Study in India Program (SIP) at the University of Hyderabad since its inception in 1998 and has been closely involved with its academic as well as administrative responsibilities. She has been conceptualizing and teaching new courses for SIP and coordinating the academic activities between teachers and students as well as reciprocal institutions. As its Director, she has been involved an innovative program for the university, which is the only one of its kind in India.