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Karandikar, Sharvari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Pronouns: She/Her


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - University of Utah, 2008 - Social Work
MSW - Mumbai University, India, 2004 - Social Wok
BA - Sophia College, India, 2002 - Psychology

Areas of Expertise
Global social work research
Research on sex workers in a global context: Violence against sex workers, HIV/AIDs research among sex workers, maternal and reproductive health of sex workers
Global sex trafficking research
Research on reproductive health and medical tourism
Research on maternal health

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Violence against women research
Qualitative research
International social work research
Research with women involved in sex work and sex trafficking


Sharvari Karandikar began her career practicing as a social worker for sex workers and victims of sex trafficking in Mumbai, India. During her Ph.D. program in Social Work at University of Utah, and through her work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and later at the Ohio State University, she has focused her research efforts on issues related to the female sex workers and victims of sex trafficking particularly on gender-based violence, health and mental health issues. Dr. Karandikar’s current research relates to sex work and sex trafficking in Asia, egg donation, international gestational surrogacy, medical tourism and its impact on women.