Kalpana Kannabiran, a feminist sociologist and legal researcher, is currently Director, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad, an ICSSR-supported autonomous research institute. She received the VKRV Rao Prize for Social Science Research (2003) and the Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists (2012), both for her work in law. Among her recent publications is Tools of Justice: Non-Discrimination and the Indian Constitution (2012). An edited volume of original essays on violence studies is in press. She was part of the founding faculty of NALSAR University of Law, where she taught from 1999 to 2009.