Department of Anthropology, York University
Research keywords: Critical political ecologies; space and place; urban transformation; agrarian change; postcolonial development; histories of science and nature
I am the Director of York Centre for Asian Research and Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University. I have formerly served as the Chair and Undergraduate Program Director of the Department of Anthropology, the Associate Director of York Center for Asian Research, Interim Director of the CITY Institute, and the Coordinator of the South Asian Studies Program. My areas of research and teaching lie at the intersection of critical political ecologies, space and place, urban transformation, especially in the Global South, agrarian change, postcolonial development, and histories of science and nature. My earlier research was based on ethnographic fieldwork in the Indian Himalayas, namely Uttarakhand, and examined how long and complex histories of scientific forestry and colonialism produced the highly gendered landscape of labour, access, and knowledge. My current research focuses on the processes and politics of agrarian-urban changes in the peripheries of metropolitan centers in India. I am currently working on my book manuscript on the making of India’s Millennial City, Gurgaon.