Namrata Gaikwad

Contact Me

gaikw002@umn.edu
612-624-9134

Institute for Global Studies
Room 768 Social Science Bldg

267 19th Ave S

Affiliations

Along with trying to find my feet in the discipline of Anthropology, I am working on my new research project in Shillong in Northeast India. By looking at the upheavals within the matrilineal Khasi tribe in the contemporary moment, due to sustained socio-economic changes, my project seeks to explore the dynamic intersections of gender, kinship, sexuality, identity politics and modernity within the postcolonial nation-state. Through my research I will rigorously examine the possibilities and/or pitfalls of studying the 'tribe,' a legacy of colonial ethnography, now broadly abandoned by critical anthropologists.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A. (Hons): English Literature, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, Delhi, 2002.
  • M.A: Literary and Cultural Studies, Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, 2005.
Awards
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, 2009 - 2010
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of Anthropology, June - August 2008
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, June - August 2007