Shruti Devgan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching this semester

SOC 2205. Collective Memory and Storytelling

Explores how to make sense of the past by constructing stories about it in the present. Examines memory and storytelling as social processes. Questions who determines when and how stories are told, who participates in their interpretation, and how emotions are conveyed or hidden. Draws on case studies, which may include the Jewish Holocaust, Palestinian Nakba, Partition of the Indian subcontinent, Korean War, Rwandan genocide, and/or Berlin Wall. Uses the lenses of gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, and religion to explore the impact of trauma and the power of remembrance. Brings attention to intergenerational and transnational aspects of memory and relationships between media and memory.

SOC 2310. Sociology of Emotions

Challenges the conventional view that emotions are simply private experiences by engaging with various sociological concepts including but not limited to emotion work, emotional labor, feeling rules, and affect. Explores how emotions are socially and politically shaped, learned, regulated, and controlled in societies. Understands emotions as lived experiences in the daily lives of individuals within work environments, intimate relationships, and communities. Discusses how sociologists investigate such feelings as depression, loss, grief, love, and fear through the lenses of gender, class, and race.

Shruti Devgan received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2015, and studies stories of trauma, collective memory, emotions, media and transnational flows with a focus on the Sikh diaspora and India. Her recent scholarship examines diasporic, intergenerational and digitally mediated narratives of state-sponsored anti-Sikh violence of 1984 in India. Before coming to Bowdoin, she taught at the College of William and Mary.


  • B.A., Sociology, Delhi University
  • M.A., M. Phil., Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Rutgers University