Jeffrey Witsoe

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
(518) 388-8376
Lamont 208


Special interests: Jeffrey Witsoe (B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. University of Chicago, and Ph.D. University of Cambridge) has done research focusing on a critical rethinking of democracy and the postcolonial state through an examination of lower-caste politics in Bihar, a populous state in north India where he has been engaged in ethnographic research since 2000.  He is the author of a forthcoming book, Democracy Against Development (University of Chicago Press) and several articles and book chapters on lower-caste politics in India.  His current research explores the political economy of rural development, with a focus on India’s massive rural employment guarantee scheme.  Another project examines the ways in which neoliberal economic growth is reshaping regional politics, with a focus on criminal networks related to natural resource extraction.

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