Shalini Randeria


Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Director, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Faculty Associate, Centre for Finance and Development
Spoken languages
Bengali, English, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu
Areas of expertise
  • Civil society, social movements and NGOs
  • Displacement, dispossession and common property resources
  • Globalisation and development
  • Governance and state
  • Law and policy
  • Legal pluralism and informal justice
  • Post-colonial theory
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • India


PhD, Free University of Berlin

Shalini Randeria is Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, a position she has held since autumn 2012. She is the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. She was Research Director of the Graduate Institute (Jan. 2015- Dec. 2016) and is also Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, since January 2015.. She is Visiting Professor at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB). She was Chair of the SH-2 Panel of the ERC grants; a Member of the Senate of the German Research Council (DFG), President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin. She was Max Weber Professor for Sociology at the University of Munich, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich as well as Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Central European University Budapest. She  served on the Advisory Board of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York, and on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Anthropology. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities. Some of her recent publications include the edited volumes Border Crossings: Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt, Zurich (2016); Anthropology, Now and Next: Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity, (2015); Politics of the Urban Poor (2014); Critical Mobilities ( 2013); Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung, Frankfurt/M. (2009);Worlds on the Move: Globalisation, Migration and Cultural Security (2004); Jenseits des Eurozentrismus: Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften, Frankfurt/M. (2002) and Unraveling Ties: From Social Cohesion to New Practices of Connectedness, Frankfurt/M. (2002).


FORTHCOMING publications

  • Bharadwaj, Aditya, and Shalini Randeria, eds. In press. Technologies of Life and of Mediated Existence. Special issue, Annual Review of Anthropology.

  • Bhargava, Rajiv, Björn Wittrock, and Shalini Randeria, eds. In press. IIS Delhi Conference Volume, Leiden: Brill.

Selected publications

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