Janet Rubinoff is a social/cultural anthropologist, with a field specialty in Indian culture, history and modern society. She teaches a foundations course on Indian culture and the arts from ancient to modern times. She also has taught Modern Indian History and Introduction to South Asian Studies (for Social Sciences). The latter is the core course for the South Asian Studies Program and has focused on nation and state building since independence in five states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Her main research interest is on fisheries development in India and South Asia, with specific studies on fisherwomen in the markets, backwater fish farming (both indigenous ponds and modern shrimp farming), and on issues of globalization and marine fisheries management in India.
She has done consulting work on fish farming methods and feasibility development projects as well as presented and published papers on backwater aquaculture, female entrepreneurship in fishing communities of Goa, and management issues and legal pluralism in the fisheries of South Goa district (the latter part of a three-year IDPAD research project on fisheries management in South Asia).
Keywords: Fisheries development; fisherwomen in markets; backwater fish farming; globalization and marine fisheries management; India; South Asia