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 (Duke University Press 2017), 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 also co-editor of a new book, The Promise of Infrastructure (Duke University Press 2018), that focuses on the ways in which infrastructure provides a generative ground to theorize time and politics.
Dr. Anand's new research attends to the ways in which urban rivers and seas are key sites for the making and management of social difference, both in the United States and India. Working with scientists and design professionals, this research examines the new imaginaries of cities emergent with climate changed waters.
Dr. Anand has a Masters in Environmental Science from Yale University and a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.
Ph.D.: Anthropology, Stanford University, 2011; MESc: Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2004; BA.: Reed College, 1998.
Environmental anthropology, urban anthropology, political ecology, infrastructure, postcolonial urbanism, citizenship, state formation, critical development studies, water, climate change, the politics of environmental knowledge; South Asia
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
ANTH294. Global Cities: Urbanization in Most of the World
ANTH297. Nature Culture Environment
ANTH547. Lives of Infrastructure
Graduate Group, City and Regional Planning
Faculty Working Group, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities