Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Nikhil Anand’s research focuses on the political ecology of cities, read through the different lives of water. His first book, Hydraulic City examines the everyday ways in which cities and citizens are made through the everyday management of water infrastructures in Mumbai. With Hannah Appel and Akhil Gupta, Dr. Anand is co-editor of a forthcoming volume, The Promise of Infrastructure (forthcoming in 2018 with Duke University Press). His new research focuses on the ways in which urban rivers and rising seas are key sites for the making and management of difference in India and the United States.
Environmental anthropology, urban anthropology, political ecology, infrastructure, postcolonial urbanism, citizenship, state formation, water, the politics of environmental knowledge; South Asia