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Professor of Sociology


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park (Sociology)
  • M.A., Delhi University (Economics)

Teaching Specialties

  • Population & Development
  • Social Demography
  • Statistics
  • Social Problems
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

  • International Migration
  • Social Inequalities in Education & Health
  • Labor Market Processes & Outcomes


  • American Sociological Association
  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
  • Population Association of America

Recent Publications

Kulkarni, Veena and Xiaohan Hu. ‘English Language Proficiency among the Foreign Born,
1980-2007: Duration, Age, Cohort Effects’, International Migration Review,

Imai, Katsushi, Samuel Kobina Annim, Veena Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha. ‘Does Women’s
Empowerment Reduce Prevalence of Stunted and Underweight Children in Rural India?’
World Development, Forthcoming.

Kulkarni, Veena. ‘Correlates of Self-rated Health Status in Sri Lanka’, Journal of Developing
Areas, Forthcoming.

Invited Group Contribution as a Member of the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Team
‘Global, Regional, and National Levels and Causes of Maternal Mortality During 1990—2013: A
Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013’, The Lancent, Early Online Publication, 2 May 2014.

‘Global, Regional and National Incidence and Death for HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria 1990-
2013: A Systematic Analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013’, The Lancent, Forthcoming.

‘Global, regional, and national levels of age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality
for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of
Disease Study 2013’, The Lancent, Forthcoming


Veena Kulkarni joined Arkansas State University in August 2008 after completing her Ph.D in Sociology with a specialization in Demography and Development from University of Maryland -College Park. Her research interests lie at the intersections of studying social and economic inequalities and the interaction between them with a focus on international migration, labor market processes and outcomes, education, health. Her work has appeared in well recognized peer reviewed journals such as Demography, International Review of Applied Economics, Sociological Forum and as book chapters published by the Sage Publication and Oxford University Press.

Her most recent publication consists of the publication of her dissertation research as book titled Asians in the United States Labor Market: Winners or Losers? by VDM -Verlag, Germany. Her current research projects focus on the determinants of English language acquisition among the foreign born in the United States, self-rated health status, economic behavior and outcomes of immigrant households, linkages between health care access and labor market productivity in India's rural informal sector. She has been a recipient of a teaching award and of fellowships from the Hewlett Traineeship in Demography, Population Reference Bureau, RAND Corporation, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Veena Kulkarni

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3705
F: (870) 972-3694


Building: International Student Center
Room: 317

Alternative Contact

Nicole Wright
P: (870) 972-3225