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Co-Director, Program in Agrarian Studies
Joint Coordinator, Combined PhD Program in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies
My research spans environmental history and political anthropology of forests, agriculture, human-animal relations, and urban environments in India. Recently I have started working on environmental law and jurisprudence in India. Over the years my publications have covered these topics and issues of circular migration, economic development, nationalism, state formation, cultural geography and the history of forestry sciences.
I currently serve on the editorial board of the American Ethnologist and the Journal of Peasant Studies; having earlier served as one of the founding editorial board members for Environment and History and Conservation and Society. I edit the “Culture, Place and Nature” Series at the University of Washington Press; with Anand Yang and Padma Kaimal I co-edit the Global South Asia Series, also at the University of Washington Press.
2013. [edited with Anne Rademacher]. Ecologies of Urbanism: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability in India . Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 304 pps.
2011. [edited with Mahesh Rangarajan]. Environmental History of India 1: From Earliest Times to the Colonial Period. New Delhi: Permanent Black. 464 pps.
2011. [edited with Mahesh Rangarajan]. Environmental History of India 2: Colonialism, Modernity, and the Nation. New Delhi: Permanent Black. 614 pps.
2011. ‘Environment, Law and Democracy in India’ Journal of Asian Studies, volume 70, issue 04, pp. 905-928.
2010. [edited with Akhil Gupta]. The State in India after Liberalization: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. London: Routledge. 236 pps.