Dr. Leilah Vevaina

Dr. Leilah Vevaina

Social Anthropology

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Leilah Vevaina received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in 2014. She has an MA in Anthropology from The New School (2007) and an MA in Social Thought from New York University (2005). Her research lies at the intersection between urban property and religious life within the legal regimes of contemporary India. She has conducted fieldwork in Mumbai, India with specific focus on the Indian Zoroastrian, or Parsi, community, with generous support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation as well as the American Institute of Indian Studies. Her book manuscript, entitled 'Trust Matters: Religious Endowments and a Horoscope of the City' focuses on religious endowments and trust as a mechanism of property management in Mumbai.

Her research at MPI-MMG focuses comparatively on religious trusts involved in city redevelopment projects in Mumbai and their global philanthropic networks. She has published an article on the current state of the Zoroastrian funerary grounds in Mumbai, entitled 'Excarnation & the City: The Tower of Silence Debates in Mumbai', as part of the edited volume, Topographies of Faith: Religion in Urban Spaces, 2014. A chapter on trusts and real estate in Mumbai is published in Religion in World Cities: Asia published by University of California Press in 2015.