Dr. Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Dr. Mekhala Krishnamurthy

Mekhala Krishnamurthy is Associate Professor of Sociology & Anthropology at Ashoka University and Senior Fellow and Director of the State Capacity Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Over the last twenty years, Mekhala’s research, policy and professional engagements have involved work across a range of field sites and subjects, including informal women's courts, popular justice and dispute resolution, community health workers and public health and nutrition, agriculture and agricultural markets, and land, water and livelihoods. In the process, her work has placed her at the intersections of and in partnerships between academia, public policy, government, the private sector, and grassroots civil society organisations, where she serves in different capacities. As an anthropologist, Mekhala’s work engages most deeply with classical and contemporary questions animating the anthropology of the state and market. As a result of prolonged exposure to mandi life during her doctoral work, Mekhala has developed an abiding interest in grappling with the diversity, complexity and dynamism of agricultural markets and systems. She is also committed to contributing towards a deeper interdisciplinary understanding of the institutional dynamics, knowledge resources and everyday life of public systems, the work of regulatory agents and agencies, and to the lived experiences of public administrators and frontline functionaries of the Indian state. Mekhala graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, received an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from University College London, where she was a UCL Global Excellence Scholar. She is a Non-Resident Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania.

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