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)

Devika Bordia

BORDIA, Devika

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Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, she holds a Ph D (2009) in Anthropology, Yale University, and has been working on practices of everyday local governance and law in Rajasthan.

Masters in Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 1999

Awards and fellowships

  • Kent T. Healy Fellowship, Yale University, December 2007
  • The Wenner Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, 2006
  • The Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Dissertation Research Grant, August 2005-2006
  • Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Yale Center for International and Area Studies May 04
  • Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, Program in Agrarian Studies, May 04
  • Bhatt Summer Fellowship, South Asia Council, Yale Center for International and Area Studies May 03
  • Alan Smith Fellowship, Yale University August 04-May 05
  • Alan Smith Fellowship, Yale University August 03-May 04

Professional presentations

  • Commentary on Huaiyin Li, “From Righteous to Rightful: Peasant Resistance to Agricultural Collectivization in China in the 1950,” Agrarian Studies, Yale University, November 16, 2008
  • “Post-mortems of the Tribal Corpse: The Politics of Death and the Politics of Recognition,” South Asia Club, Amsterdam School of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, March 23, 2007 
  • “Local Governance through Panchayats: Indigeneity, Law and Sovereignty in Western India,” South Asia Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, April 25, 2005.
  •  “Democratization and Modes of Sovereignty: Local Governance through Panchayats in Western India,” Ethnography and Social Theory Colloquium, Department of Anthropology, Yale University. March 21, 2005
  • Panelist for “Knowing South Asia? Reflections on SA Authenticity, Belonging, Nationhood and Diaspora,” Yale University, April 15 & 16, 2005
  • Commentary on Peter Pels, “Localizing Rural Society: Tanganyika Anthropology as Public and Secret,” Agrarian Studies, Yale University, October 17, 2003

Teaching fellowship and research activities at Yale

Teaching Fellowships: “Oratory and Rhetoric”, Spring 2008; “Anthropology of Politics”, Spring 2004; “Language, Culture and Ideology”, Fall 2004
Graduate Assistant, Program in Agrarian Studies, Aug 03-May 04
Co-Organized South Asia Graduate Student Colloquium (Aug.03-May 04, Aug.04-May 05)

Professional Experience

- Research Associate, Centre for Research on Violence Against Women, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Assisted in a study that looks at the profile of women who approach the Special Cell of the Mumbai Police.  Developed modules on gender training with the police. Worked on researching violence against lesbian women.  Responsibilities included administrative oversight of the Centre (Feb 01 – July 02)
- Research Assistant, Nirantar. Co-authored a paper entitled Adult Learning and Violence Against Women: Some Reflections on The Indian Context that was presented at the Asia-Pacific Adult Education Program Conference, March 01.  Also documented women’s Health Program in Madhupur district, Bihar while working for this Delhi based women’s organization (Oct.-Dec. 2000).
- Team Member, Foundation for Ecological Security. FES works on the regeneration of natural resources by strengthening village based institutions that regulate the use of common property resources.  Also assisted the Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti in Deoli, district Tonk, on an FES funded project on women’s reservations for Sarpanch elections (July 99 – Sept. 2000)


Adult Learning and Violence Against Women: Some Reflections on The Indian Context, with Malini Ghosh (Nirantar: New Delhi, 2000)