Department of SOC/ANT/CRJ - Dr. Ananthakrishnan Aiyer

Degrees Earned:

Ph.D. & M.A., Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia; B.A., Sociology & Anthropology, St. Xavier's College, University of Bombay.

Teaching Interests:

Political Economy, Latin America, South Asia, Globalization, Urban Issues, Third Cinema

Research Interests:

Historical Materialism, Resource Conflicts, Central America, India, Corporate Crime & Corruption, Food & Cultural Politics

Recent Publications:

(2010) Commentary on "Knowledge and Empire: The Social Sciences and United States Imperial Expansion," in Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 66-71.

(2007) "The Allure of the Transnational: Notes on Some Aspects of the Political Economy of Water in India." Cultural Anthropology, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 640-658

(2004) "In Search of the Midas Touch: Gold, Guiriseros and Globalization in Nicaragua." Anthropologica, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 139-151

(2003) "Lights Out." Social Analysis: The International Journal of Cultural and Social Practice. 47(3)

(2001)"Hemispheric Solutions? Neoliberal Crisis, Criminality and 'Democracy' in the Americas." Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. 30 (2-3): 239-268.

Journal Editorials:

(2010) Editorial: Is the Dollar Too Big to Fail? Dialectical Anthropology. 34(2): 159-165, (co-authored with Anthony Marcus and Kirk Dombrowski).

(2010) Editorial: 'The Enemies of All Mankind' amd Will the Real Villains Please Stand Up. Dialectical Anthropology. 34(1): 3-9 (co-authored with Anthony Marcus and Kirk Dombrowski).

(2009) Editorial: Chaos in South Asia. Dialectical Anthropology. 33(3-4): 219-224 (co-authored with Anthony Marcus and Kirk Dombrowski).

Recent Presentations:

"Introduction: Anthropology and Imperial Encounters." Paper presented at the 102nd Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association. Session Title: Pax Americana Redux: Conversations On Imperialism And Anthropology Amidst Perils And Possibilities, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 2003.

"Fruitful Tensions? Revisiting Merchant Capital and the Articulation of Modes of Production.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Society for Anthropology of North America. Session Title: Culture, Political Economy, History: Essays in Dialogue with William Roseberry. Session I: Culture, Political Economy, History I: Perspectives, Halifax, Canada, May 8-11, 2003.

"In Search of the Midas Touch: Gold, Güiriseros, and Globalization in Nicaragua." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Canadian Anthropology Society/Society for the Anthropology of North America. Session Title: Globalization and Commodities: Flows, Chains and Connections, Windsor, Canada, May 3-5, 2002.

“Defending the Revolution While Opposing the Revolutionary State: Small Miners and the State in Sandinista Nicaragua (1979-1990)." Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Ethnological Society/Canadian Anthropology Society. Session Title: Materialist Approaches to Cultural Production: Knowing History, Thinking Culture. Session IV: Ethnographic Approaches to the State, Montréal, Canada, May 1-4, 2001.

Editor-in-Chief:


Dialectical Anthropology