Lisa Mitchell is an anthropologist and historian of southern India. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include democracy, public space, and the built environment; the city in South Asia; technology and infrastructure as they impact social, cultural, and political forms and everyday practices; neoliberalism and economic corridors; and ethnographic approaches to the state. She is currently finishing a new book on Public Space and Political Practice in the History of Indian Democracy. She has also recently begun a new book project documenting a cultural history of cement in India, provisionally titled, Three Bags of Cement: Concrete Dreams in the New India.
Her earlier research traced the emergence of language as a new foundational category for the reorganization of literary production, history-writing, pedagogical practices, and assertions of socio-political identity in southern India. Her book, Language, Emotion, and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Indiana University Press, 2009 and Permanent Black, 2010), was a recipient of the American Institute of Indian Studies’ Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities.
Recent courses of interest include:
- URBS 122 (SAST 002/ANTH 107) – The City in South Asia
- URBS 504 (SAST 504/ANTH 503) – Neoliberalism and the City