Associate Professor of Anthropology
Chair, Steering Committee, SouthAsia NYU
Ritty Lukose’s teaching and research interests explore politics, culture, gender, globalization, and nation within the context of colonial, postcolonial, and diasporic modernities, especially as they impact South Asia. With a background in anthropology, she is particularly interested in the relationship between politics and culture within the context of western, global and non-Western feminisms. Professor Lukose’s research has been funded by the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright Program, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Academy of Education, and she has published several book chapters and articles on this research in journals such as Cultural Anthropology, Social History, Social Analysis, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Her book, Liberalization’s Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in India, was published by Duke University Press (2009) and co-published in India by Orient Blackswan in 2010. A forthcoming co-edited book, South Asian Feminisms: Contemporary Interventions, is forthcoming from Duke University Press (2012) and Zubaan, a leading feminist press in India. She teaches courses on globalization, India/South Asia, nationalism and colonialism, diasporic studies, gender and feminism, and ethnography.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
I was on sabbatical for the 2013-14 academic year during which I embarked upon three new research projects, conducted several fieldwork trips to Bombay, finished some writing projects, and participated in a number of conferences and public lectures about my research. I will give a Keynote Address: “Dewesternizing Production Studies: Lessons from Bollywood” at the international conference – “Featuring Africa: Exploring the Plurality of African Digital Film Cultures” — organized by the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle at the University of Liege, Belgium, on October 3, 2014.
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies
Krishnendu Ray received his Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Binghamton in 2001. He also holds a master’s degree in Political Science from Delhi University, India. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2005, Krishnendu was a faculty member and an Associate Dean for Curriculum Development at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) from 1996.
A food studies scholar, he is the author of The Migrant’s Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households (Temple University, 2004), as well as several chapters such as “Exotic Restaurants and Expatriate Home Cooking” in David Inglis and Debra Gimlin, eds., The Globalization of Food (Oxford: Berg, 2009), and articles such as “Nation and Cuisine: The Evidence from American Newspapers ca. 1830-2003,” Food & Foodways, 16, 4 (August 2008): 259-297, “Domesticating Cuisine: Food and Aesthetics on American Television,” Gastronomica 7, 1 (Winter 2007): 50-63, “Ethnic Succession and the New American Restaurant Cuisine,” in David Beriss and David Sutton, eds., The Restaurants Book: Ethnographies of Where we Eat (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2007), and “Why do Ethnic Restaurants Have Terrible Service?” (2003).
Professor of History
David Ludden is Professor of History at New York University. In 1968, he spent a year as a public health intern in a village near Chennai. He then studied Tamil literature and published translations of Tamil poetry, before shifting to studies of economic and social history, focusing first on the Indian peninsula and then on Bangladesh and northeast India. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, and he served on the Penn faculty from 1981 until 2007, before moving to NYU. He has chaired the Penn Department of South Asian Studies, the NYU Department of History, and South Asia programs at the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright Senior Scholars program. In 2002, he served as President of the Association for Asian Studies. His publications include four edited volumes, three monographs, and dozens of academic articles and chapters. His current work is slowly adding up to a set of books and internet resources covering very long-term histories of empire, capitalism, globalization, and the urbanization of agrarian environments in Asia.