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Karandikar, Sharvari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - Social Work, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT
MSW - Social Wok, Mumbai University, India
BA - Psychology, Sophia College, Mumbai India

Areas of Expertise
International social work
Sex workers in an international context
Sex trafficking in an international context
Reproductive health
Reproductive tourism

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Violence against women
International social work
Sex workers
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.