Radhika Govindrajan

Associate Professor, Director - South Asia Center
Radhika Govindrajan



I am a cultural anthropologist who works across the fields of multispecies ethnography, environmental anthropology, the anthropology of religion, South Asian Studies, and political anthropology. My research is motivated by a longstanding interest in understanding how human relationships with nonhumans in South Asia are variously drawn into and shape broader issues of cultural, political, and social relevance: religious nationalism; elite projects of environmental conservation and animal-rights; everyday ethical action in a time of environmental decline; and people’s struggle for social and political justice in the face of caste discrimination, patriarchal domination, and state violence and neglect.


  • Yale University, Ph.D., Anthropology, 2013
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, M.A. History, 2006