Arjun Shankar, Ph.D.
I am a visual anthropologist and critical pedagogue interested in urban-rural linkages, globalization and development, NGO labor, South Asian racialization, and the politics of digital media circulation. I am also deeply invested in questions of university pedagogy, with a special focus on curiosity and student mental health.
My work is radically interdisciplinary, multimodal, and participatory. I believe that collaborating across disciplines, using mixed media methods (including photography, film, and sound), and working with communities opens opportunities to develop research insights which are ethically-grounded, theoretically rich, and applicable to real-world problems.