Nikhil Anand

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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Bio

Nikhil Anand is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the political ecology of cities, read through the different lives of water.  His first book, Hydraulic City focuses on the everyday ways in which cities and citizens are made through the everyday management of water infrastructure in Mumbai.  Articles based on this research have also been published in Antipode, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography and Public Culture. With Hannah Appel and Akhil Gupta, Dr. Anand is co-editor of a forthcoming volume, The Promise of Infrastructure (forthcoming with Duke University Press), that focuses on the ways in which infrastructure provides a generative ground to theorize time and politics.  His new work attends to the ways in which urban rivers and seas are key sites for the making and management of difference in India and the United States. Dr. Anand has a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.

Education

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

Office Hours

On research leave (2018-19)

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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, Akhil Gupta and Hannah Appel. 2018. The Promise of Infrastructure. Durham: Duke University Press. link

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. link

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

Courses Taught

ANTH294. Global Cities: Urbanization in Most of the World

ANTH297. Nature Culture Environment

ANTH547. Lives of Infrastructure

Affiliations

Graduate Group, City and Regional Planning

Faculty Working Group, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities

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