Shashank's academic and professional work has broadly been in the social sciences, mainly in sociology.
As a student, his research work has spanned the domains of labour and globalisation in urban India, contemporary social movements, and the sociology of educational participation in India. In a professional capacity, he has experience in managing the data collection efforts of a behavioural economics study in rural Tamil Nadu.
For past year-and-half, Shashank has been involved with the planning and teaching of the Sociology of Education course in the university's M. A. Education programme. He is actively involved in the planning and design of the Common Curriculum courses of the university's undergraduate programme, which he will be teaching when the programme commences.
Currently, he is interested in existing research about how people learn, and the implications of the findings from this research for work in education. He is also interested in social science teaching and education, the nature of knowledge in the social sciences, instructional and curricular design, the design of environments that make learning effective, and quantitative research methods.
He obtained his B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. He has a Master's degree in Labour Studies from TISS, Mumbai, and another Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Oxford.
Outside of work, he enjoys reading, cycling, swimming, solving puzzles, and listening to music.