Vyjayanthi Rao - Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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    Vyjayanthi   Rao

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    Office Location:

    Albert and Vera List Academic Center


    Vyjayanthi Rao received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and was a Post-Doctoral Associate at Yale University prior to joining The New School.  Her research focuses on globalization, development and urbanism and she is working on a book project titled The Speculative Ethic and the Spirit of Globalization

    Recent Publications:

    “The Future in Crisis: Mumbai’s 21st Century,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Fall 2008 (forthcoming). “How to Read a Bomb: Scenes from Bombay’s Black Friday” Public Culture, Vol. 19.3, Fall 2007.“Venture Capital” – Visual Essay with Satya Pemmaraju and Robert Gerard Pietrusko Public Culture, Vol. 19.3, Fall 2007.“Invisible Urbanism/Africa,” Conversation with AbdouMaliq Simone and Filip de Boeck, in Perspecta 39, Yale Journal of Architecture (Fall 2007).“Proximate Distances: The Phenomenology of Density in Mumbai,” in Built Environment, Volume 33, number 2, 2007.“City as Archive: Contemporary Urban Transformations and the Possibility of Politics,” in Education and Urban Life. 20 Years of Educating Cities ed. Lali Bosch (Barcelona: International Association of Educating Cities, 2008).  

    Research Interests:

    Anthropology and Ethnography of South Asia; Urban Culture, Architecture and Infrastructure; Monuments and Material Culture; Displacement, Memory and Citizenship; Ethics, Aesthetics and Globalization.