Dr. Gajendran Ayyathurai

I study the history and anthropology of modern India. The problem of caste and why, how, and in what ways privileged castes hegemonize and perpetuate marginality, and the anticaste cultural and political histories of the marginalized animate my research, publishing, and teaching interests. The historical anthropology of indentured labor from South Asia during colonialism and the Indian diaspora in colonial and postcolonial times are also part of my present and future projects. As a postdoctoral fellow at CeMIS, I am engaged in the study of Tamil Buddhism in South Indian cities.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Anthropology of South Asia
  • History of Modern South Asia
  • South Asian Diaspora
  • Historical Anthropology of Dalits and Non-Dalits
  • Buddhism and Dalits
  • Subaltern Religious Movements in South Asia
  • Historical Anthropology of South Asian Indentured Labor
  • Comparative Anthropology of Caste and Race.