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Vyjayanthi Rao

Adjunct Associate Professor


Educational Credentials :

  • Ph.D., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2002
  • M.A., Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1996
  • B.A., Anthropology, Brandeis University, 1989

Teaching Experience :

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2016- Present
  • Assistant Professor, The New School, New York, 2005-2015
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, New Haven, 2002-2004

Professional Experience :

  • Director, Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, New York, 2015-Present
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, 2014-2015
  • Associate Member, Centre d’Études d’Inde et de I’Asie du Sud (CEIAS), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2013-Present
  • Senior Research Partner, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, July 2010-Present
  • Research Associate/ Co-Director, Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR), Mumbai, 2001-2014
  • Visiting Instructor, Malmo Art Academy (Lund University), and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Fall 2008
  • Coordinator, University of Chicago, Chicago, 1999-2002

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • Edited Volumes:
    • Co-edited with Bruno Carvalho and Mariana Cavalcanti. Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro. New York: UR Books, 2016.
    • Co-edited with Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni. Speculation, Now: Essays and Artwork. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015.
  • Book Manuscript:
    • Speculative City: Building Stories in Global Mumbai.
  • Journal Articles:
    • “Building Stories: Unsettling Family in Mumbai,” Harvard Design Magazine 41 (F/W 2015): 10-18
    • Co-authored with AbdouMaliq Simone, “Securing the Majority: Living through Uncertainty in Jakarta,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 36:2 (March 2012): 315-335.
  • Book Chapters:
    • “Material Visions: Mumbai Development Plan 2034 and The Unfolding City.” In Mumbai Reader 2016, eds. Pankaj Joshi and Rahul Mehrotra. Mumbai: Urban Design Research Institute, 2016.
    • Co-authored with Vineet Diwadkar. “From Informality to Parametricism.” In Informal Market Worlds Reader: The Architecture of Economic Pressure, eds. Peter Mortenbock, Helge Mooshammer, Teddy Cruz, and Fonna Forman. Amsterdam: NAi Publishers, 2015.