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Institute of Criminology



Kavya completed her undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, where she majored in English and Government. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University and an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy from LSE. 

Kavya began her PhD in October of 2020 at the Institute of Criminology under the supervision of Dr Caroline Lanskey and is a member of the Justice and Society research group. 


Research Topic: Exploring Systems of Care and Control in a Women's Centre in England 

Kavya's PhD research is based on 9 months of ethnographic observation in a Women's Centre in England. Working with vulnerable women under state intervention, Kavya is interested in unpacking notions of care and control and expanding conceptions of what constitutes punishment to such individuals. She explores how trauma, state harm, and community support can coalesce and impact women's experiences with the state.


Key publications: 

Padmanabhan, Kavya (2022) "Punishment by Another Name? The Welfare State’s Disciplinary Role in the United States and Britain," The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 49: Iss. 4, Article 3.


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