Lisa Mitchell

Associate Professor Director, South Asia Center

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 affectand emotion; technology, media and discourse networks; public culture and public space; neo-liberalism and the city; popular politics and every day practices of democracy; printing, knowledge production, and intellectual history; language and linguistic politics; colonialism and empire; history and anthropology; Telugu language and literature.


Hercurrent research interests include public space and political protest in thehistory and everyday practice of Indian democracy; the street and the railwaystation as public space; and the city in South Asia.   She iscurrently working on a new book on Public Space in the History of IndianDemocracy.  Her earlier research traced the emergence of language as a newfoundational category for the reorganization of literary production,history-writing, pedagogical practices, and assertions of socio-politicalidentity in southern India. Her book, Language, Emotion, and Politics in SouthIndia: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Indiana University Press, 2009 andPermanent Black, 2010), was a recipient of the American Institute of IndianStudies' Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities.

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