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Karandikar, Sharvari, PhD

Karandikar, Sharvari, PhD

Professor & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Pronouns: She/Her

614-292-0653 |

Curriculum Vitae


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.


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

Areas of Expertise

Global sex work research
Maternal & reproductive health research
Sex trafficking research
Commercial sex work & HIV/AIDS
Surrogacy & medical tourism
Qualitative methodology

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students

Gender-based violence research
Qualitative research
Global social work research
Research with women involved in sex work and sex trafficking