Welcome to Arkansas State University!

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. ‘Her Earnings: Exploring Variation in Wives’ Earning Contributions across Six Major Asian Groups and Whites’, Social Science Research, Forthcoming.
  • Kulkarni, Veena. ‘Correlates of Self-rated Health Status in Sri Lanka’, Journal of Developing Areas, Forthcoming.  
  • Kulkarni, Veena and Xiaohan Hu. 2014. ‘English Language Proficiency among the Foreign Born, 1980-2007:  Duration, Age, Cohort Effects’, International Migration Review, Volume 48, Number 3, pages 762-800.
  • Imai, Katsushi, Samuel Kobina Annim, Veena Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha. 2014. ‘Does Women’s Empowerment Reduce Prevalence of Stunted and Underweight Children in Rural India?’ World Development, Volume 62, pages 88-105.


Veena Kulkarni joined Arkansas State University after completing her Ph.D in Sociology with specialization in Demography and Development from University of Maryland –College Park. Her research interests lie at the intersections of studying social and economic inequalities with the focus on labor market processes and indicators, health and educational outcomes in the context of developing and developed countries. Her work has appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Demography, International Migration Review, International Review of Applied Economics, Journal of Developing Areas, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, World Development and as book chapters published by the Sage Publication and Oxford University Press. She is presently working on a book manuscript, ‘Indian Immigrants in Developed Democracies: A Cross-National Study’, to be published by Routledge as part of the ‘Routledge Studies of Diasporic Peoples’.