Prof. Dr. Vyjayanthi Rao

Prof. Dr. Vyjayanthi Rao (New School for Social Research, New York)

Vyjayanthi Rao is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at New School for Social Research, New York. Previously she hold a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University, New Haven, Yale Center for International and Area Studies & Research Director, Center for Cities and Globalization, YCIAS and worked as a Co-Director and Research Associate at Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR) in Mumbai. She received her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at University of Chicago in 2002.

Her research focuses on globalization, development, and cities, in particular issues of technology, infrastructure, memory and modernity in South Asia. She currently has two book projects in development, to be titled‚ Ruins and Recollections: the Heritage of Modernization in a South Asian Context and Infra-City: Catastrophic Urbanisms in Post-Industrial Mumbai.

At MPI-MMG Prof. Rao will be working closely with the Department of Religious Diversity and with Prof. van der Veer on the ‘Urban Aspirations in Mega-cities’ project.

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