Arjun Appadurai is a socio-cultural anthropologist with specializations in globalization, public culture, and urban studies. His major accomplishment has been the construction of anthropological frameworks for the study of global media, consumption, and migration. His current work focuses on poverty, violence, and social inclusion in mega-cities with a special focus on Mumbai (India). His present work is on extreme actions, of war and violence
He consults with the World Bank and the UN. He has conducted anthropological research on globalization; ethnic violence; consumption; space and housing; international civil society; urban South Asia. He does fieldwork in India, the Philippines, and South Africa.
John Dewey Professor in the Social Sciences.
New School for Social Research, New York City