Rani Mehta is Chairperson and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Centre of Advanced Study, Panjab University, Chandigarh. A gold medalist in Masters in Sociology, she obtained her PhD from Panjab University. She also had one semester teaching assignment at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Mauritius, Mauritius. Her major areas of interest are Sociology of Development, Health and Population Studies, Environmental Studies and Sociology of Education.
Besides several papers published in professional journals, her major publications include Crisis in Higher Education: Role Analysis of Teachers in a University System (2004), Social Transformation of an Island Nation: A Development Wonder in Mauritius (2010) (co-authored with S.R. Mehta) and Sociology and Environmental Sustainability: A Study of Fragile Ecology, Health Risks and Population Pangs (2014).