Vikramaditya Thakur, Assistant Professor
University of Delaware
110 Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Vikramaditya Thakur received his Ph.D. from Yale University (2014) in Sociocultural Anthropology. He has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE, 2014-16), and Brown University (2016-17). His doctoral dissertation studied the forced displacement and relocation of over four thousand families of Bhils, a hill community in western India, due to one of the largest dams in the world on Narmada River. It was informed by two years of fieldwork and archival research using a historical perspective. His subsequent project at LSE, involving 15 months of fieldwork, focused on the transformation of agriculture and changes in the household economy that built on his earlier work on the Bhils. As a Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brown, he ran the project, Displacement and the Making of the Modern World in Middle East Studies, investigating 500 years of displacement around the world. His publications include a co-authored book, Ground Down By Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India (Oxford University Press, India and Pluto Press, London, 2017). His research interests include anthropology of development, political anthropology and environmental anthropology, informed by ethnographic research, oral history and archival records.
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