Professor & Dean

Prof. Vishnupad

Easwari School of Liberal Arts


  1. Political anthropology, new media and Indian politics
  2. The Secular Question
  3. Continental philosophy and Lacanian psychoanalysis



Delhi University
BA (Political Science)


Delhi University
MA (Political Science)


SUNY- Binghamton
MA (Sociology)


Columbia University
PhD (Anthropology)


  • 2017-2023: Associate Professor, School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India
  • 2012- 2017- Assistant Professor, School of Development (SOD), and School of Policy and Governance (SPG), Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India
  • 2007-2011- Visiting Assistant Professor, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
  • 1996-2007- Teaching, Research and Graduate Assistant for various courses and professors in SUNY, Binghamton, and Columbia University

Research Interest

  • Experience of sociality in post-liberalisation India
  • New Social Media, IT technologies, governance practices
  • Secular question in India
  • Continental philosophy and Freudo-Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2006-7. ISERP Fellowship (Mellon Graduate Fellows Program) Institute of Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), Columbia University, NY.
  • 2006. GSAS Fellowship, (Andrew Mellon Foundation, John W. Kluge Endowment), Columbia University, NY.
  • 2003-4. Columbia University Dissertation Traveling Fellowship, Columbia University, NY. (Dissertation Fieldwork research fund)
  • 1999-2004, 2005-6. Columbia University President’s Fellowship for Ph.D. Anthropology Department, Columbia University, NY.
  • 1995-96. SUNY Research Foundation Fellowship, Sociology Department, SUNY Binghamton.


  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)


  • “Liberal Secularity and the Indian State: Notes on Sabrimala Judgment”, in Liberalism and its Others,
    edited by A Majumder, and R Krishnaswamy, Delhi: Routledge (forthcoming, 2023).
  • “Of the Thing”, in Atreyee Majumder (ed.), Fantasy, in Café Dissensus, Issue 61, 6, March 2022. <>
  • “Hegemony without Dominance: Notes on the Rule of Law in India”, in Law and Violence, edited by Jyoti Dogra and Latika Vashist. Delhi: Oxford University Press and Indian Law Institute Press, 2020.
  • “On the Three Political Configurations in India”, Cultural Anthropology, November 2017

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