Center for Family and Demographic Research
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
Dr. Mirchandani's research explores the interrelationship between sociological theory and sociological research. She has completed work on the changing ways that the discipline of sociology uses postmodern theories and concepts to assess actual empirical changes in late capitalism. Presently, she is engaged in a project exploring how the critical social theoretical characterizations of the modern state as technocratic, patriarchal and therapeutic are simultaneously reflected and transformed in problem solving, specialized courts, like domestic violence courts.
Mirchandani, R. (2008). Beyond therapy: Problem-solving courts and the deliberative democratic state. Law and Social Inquiry, 33, 853-893.
Mirchandani, R. [with A. W. Dzur]. (2007). Punishment and democracy: The role of public deliberation. Punishment and Society, 9, 151-175.
Mirchandani, R. (2006). “Hitting is not manly”: Domestic violence courts and the re-imagination of the patriarchal state. Gender and Society, 20, 781-804.
Mirchandani, R. (2005). Reconstructing Zygmunt Bauman’s postmodern sociology of morality. Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 23, 303-338.
Mirchandani, R. (2005). What’s so special about specialized courts? The state and social change in Salt Lake City’s domestic violence court. Law and Society Review, 39, 379-418.
Mirchandani, R. (2005). Postmodernism and sociology: From the epistemological to the empirical. Sociological Theory, 23, 86-115.