Dr Karollil completed her Masters from Bangalore University and her Doctorate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Glasgow Univeristy, U.K. where she did a brief stint as a Commonwealth split-site doctoral scholar. Her doctoral work examined the social construction of “love” and “work” across cultures; it researched youth transitions to adulthood across India and the U.K. and linked “choice” and “well-being”.
Dr Karollil is interested in research that looks at the manner in which larger social, political and cultural processes reach into the personal lives of people: self and identity, personal relationships, age, sexuality, life-courses. Her theoretical standpoints can be traced to cultural psychology, critical psychology, positive psychology, youth sociology and sociology of gender and sexuality.
Dr Karollil also loves methodology, especially qualitative methodology and is keen to explore methodological innovations it allows.