Chetan Bhatt is currently on leave from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he directs the sociology department. He was previously Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, and taught at the sociology departments at the University of Essex and the University of Southampton.
Bhatt has extensively worked on human rights, discrimination, and social justice. Current projects include work on the emergence of virtue in modern political ideologies, new forms of the regional state in South Asia and the sociology of religious paramilitia groups. His previous Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship was focused on the geosociology of religious violence and involved research on violent religious movements and militia in Afghanistan, India, Kashmir, and Pakistan, as well as in various countries of the Middle East. The research also explored transnational networks of various religious movements, including those in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Bhatt obtained his PhD (politics and sociology) at Birkbeck College, University of London, and his BA Hons (social and political sciences) at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.