Associate professor of city and regional planning at Cornell University, where she directs the International Studies in Planning Program and is faculty lead of the Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC), an interdisciplinary, collaborative project of the Keystone Foundation, India, and Cornell University.
Kudva's recent research focuses on a range of issues linked to rapid international urbanization, particularly as related to small cities and their regions where the bulk of the urban population currently lives. She is also interested in institutional structures for equitable planning and development at the local level, including the role of the state, civil society organizations and NGOs. Kudva has an abiding interest in pedagogical questions, and is designing (with Andrew Willford, associate professor of Anthropology at Cornell) the integrated curriculum for the NFLC, where university students will study alongside community members and NGO staff for fifteen weeks.
In addition to publishing several articles and book chapters on these issues, Kudva is co-editor of the Cities of the Global South Reader (with Faranak Miraftab, in press 2015), Rethinking Informalization (with Lourdes Beneria, 2005) and is working on a monograph on planning in the South Indian city, Mangalore.