Co-Director, Program in Agrarian Studies
Joint Coordinator, Combined PhD Program in Anthropology and School of the Environment.
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.
2017. [edited with Anne Rademacher]. Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press
2017. ‘Courts, Public Cultures of Legality, and Urban Ecological Imagination in Delhi’ in Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan (eds.), Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, pp. 137-161.
2016. ‘Space for Social Action in the Politics of Nature’ in Uday Chandra and Daniel Taghioff (eds.) Staking Claims: The Politics of Social Movements in Contemporary Rural India, Delhi: Oxford University Press
2015. ‘Ethics of Nature in Indian Environmental History’, in Modern Asian Studies, 49, 4 (July 2015): 1261 – 1310.
2014. [edited with Mahesh Rangarajan]. Shifting Landscapes: Animals, People and Mobility in India’s Environmental History. Delhi: Oxford University Press
2013. [edited with Anne Rademacher]. Ecologies of Urbanism: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability in India . Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.