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.