Nikhil Deb is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Murray State University. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Bangladesh. He also held a full-time lecturer position at the University of Tennessee from 2019-20. He has taught at six different institutions in two different cultural and educational systems, Bangladesh and the US. His teaching received multiple awards. His research has been funded by multiple grants, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Racial Minority Fellowship. His research appeared in sociology and interdisciplinary outlets, such as Social Problems (forthcoming), Critical Sociology, and Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology. He holds several leadership positions in regional, local, and international sociological associations.
Picture a child born in a remote, highly disadvantaged rural area, a place deprived of basic human conditions we take for granted. He was a religious minority in a predominantly Muslim country. In fact, his Hindu village was surrounded by at least 20 Muslim communities, making it more than a day’s journey on foot to reach the nearest Hindu neighborhood. Such a position, however, was not without its value. On the contrary, the life of anomie and squalor led him to take on “double consciousness,” and, in turn, resilience