ANR Programme 2009-2013
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A Joint Programme on Justice and Governance in India and South Asia
(Hosted by Centre for Himalayan Studies)

Kriti Kapila


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1998 - 2003    PhD in Social Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics, London, UK. Thesis: Governing Morals: Law, State and Household Amongst the Gaddis of North India.

2005-08      British Academy Postdoctoral fellowship

Since 2005:
- Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge
- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.
- Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge on Law and Society (Second and Third Year Undergraduate Senior Option), including course design, lecturing, supervision and examination.


Legal Anthropology, Science and Society, Multiculturalism, State, Neoliberalism, Globalisation, Sexuality, Intimacy, History and Anthropology.


  • Forthcoming 2008: Globalisation at Work: India in the Twenty-first Century. Kriti Kapila and Akhil Gupta (eds.). Duke University Press, Durham and Oxford University Press, India.  
  • In preparation: Domestic Modern: Law, Intimacy and Citizenship in North India. To be completed by December 2007.
  • In preparation: The Measure of a Tribe: Evidencing Culture in Contemporary India. To be completed by June 2008.

Journal  Articles

2004: ‘Conjugating marriage: state legislation and Gaddi kinship’. Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol. 38, no. 3 ( October 2004).
2008 ‘The Measure of a Tribe: The Cultural Politics of Constitutional Reclassification in North India’. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 14, no. 1.
Under Review: ‘The facts of life: sex-surveys, marriage and other intimate truths in contemporary urban India’. Public Culture
Submitted:  ‘Courting Justice: Citizenship and the Public Aspirations of the Law in North India’. Modern Asian Studies