I navigated an uneven ideoscape consisting of Marxist geography, neoclassical economics, agrarian studies, and environmental science to arrive at my present home in the Department of Geography, Environment & Society and the Institute for Global Studies. Close engagement with disparate intellectual traditions, which often disagree on issues of epistemology and politics, has been a source of creative tension. My approach to theory and praxis reflects this. Although I study issues of work, poverty, livelihoods, and agroecological change within the Indian context, my scholarship is defined by research problematics rather than by regional affiliation. I draw liberally on Africanist, Latin American, and Southeast Asian scholarship for insights.