Nikhil Anand

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

339 University Museum

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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. 


Courses Taught:

ANTH294 Cities of the Future

ANTH297 Nature Culture Environment

ANTH547 Lives of Infrastructure


Ph.D.: Anthropology, Stanford University, 2011; MESc: Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2004; BA.: Reed College, 1998.

Office Hours

Fridays, 3-5p

Research Interests

Environmental anthropology, urban anthropology, political ecology, infrastructure, postcolonial urbanism, citizenship, state formation, water, the politics of environmental knowledge; South Asia

Selected Publications

Anand, Nikhil. 2017. Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai.  Durham: Duke University Press. link

Anand, Nikhil. 2016. Hydraulic Publics. Special issue on Public Infrastructures/ Infrastructural Publics. Limn 7. link

Anand, Nikhil. 2015.  Leaky States: Water Audits, Ignorance and the Politics of Infrastructure.  Public Culture 27(2): 305-330. link

Appel, Hannah, Nikhil Anand & Akhil Gupta. 2015.  The Infrastructure Toolbox. Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online. link

Anand, Nikhil. 2012. Municipal Disconnect: On Abject Water and its Urban Infrastructures.  Ethnography 13(4): 487-509. link

Anand, Nikhil. 2011. Pressure: The Polytechnics of Water Supply in Mumbai.  Cultural Anthropology 26(4): 542-563. link

Anand, Nikhil and Anne Rademacher. 2011. Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai.  Antipode 43(5) (2011): 1748-1772. link 

Anand, Nikhil. 2006. Disconnecting Experience: Making World Class Roads in Mumbai.  Economic and Political Weekly 41: 3422-3429.

Anand, Nikhil. 2006. Planning Networks: Processing India's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Conservation and Society 4(3): 471-487. 



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