Radhika Govindrajan

Associate Professor, Anthropology
Radhika Govindrajan

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Radhika Govindrajan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University in 2013, and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for two years before coming to the University of Washington. Her research interests are in the fields of human-animal studies; agrarian and environmental studies; anthropology of religion; Himalayan anthropology; South Asia; and political anthropology. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relations in India's Central Himalayas. The book asks what it means to live and die in relation to other animals, and situates this question in the realm of everyday intimacies - care, indifference, curiosity, kinship, violence, killing, and desire – between human and nonhuman animals. Her work has been published in the journals American Ethnologist, Comparative Study of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and RCC Perspectives. She teaches courses on religion, human-animal studies, the posthuman turn, South Asia, anthropology of the Himalayas, colonialism, and agrarian and village studies.