Lisa Mitchell

anthropologist and historian of southern India

Lisa Mitchell is an anthropologist and historian of southern India. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include the history of affect and emotion; technology, media and discourse networks; public culture and public space; neo-liberalism and the city; popular politics and everyday practices of democracy; printing, knowledge production, and intellectual history; language and linguistic politics; colonialism and empire; history and anthropology; Telugu language and literature.


Her current research interests include public space and political protest in the history and everyday practice of Indian democracy; the street and the railway station as public space; and the city in South Asia.   She is currently working on a new book on Public Space in the History of Indian Democracy.  Her earlier research traced the emergence of language as a new foundational category for the reorganization of literary production, history-writing, pedagogical practices, and assertions of socio-political identity in southern India. Her book, Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Indiana University Press, 2009 and Permanent Black, 2010), was a recipient of the American Institute of Indian Studies' Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities.