BA: Sociology, 2015, Purdue University
BS: Economics, 2015, Purdue University
MA: Sociology, 2018, George Washington University
Sex and sexuality; The body; Sociology of Gender; Criminology
Recent courses taught:
Social Research Methods
Bio: Srushti Upadhyay is a PhD student in Sociology at the University at Buffalo. Her research areas include criminology, sociology of work, and gender and sexuality. Her work focuses on understanding web-based sex work in relation to traditional sex work. She is interested particularly in exploring the sugar culture: the reasons individuals are attracted to it along with power relations in the arrangement and the benefits sugaring provides for individuals. Through transnational comparison, she aims to find how people understand and articulate their work and their preference for work; how people navigate stigma and sex work; how people draw symbolic boundaries between sugar dating as a form of sex work and others; how people marshal cultural notions of gender to make sense of their work.