Visiting Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Texas 2011
Disasters and development, globalization, neoliberalism, humanitarianism, NGOs, social movements, India and South Asia.
Raja Swamy earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texasat Austin. His dissertation focused on the impact of the 2004 Tsunami on economic development priorities in Nagapattinam, in India’s Tamil Nadu state. Swamy’s work explores the contradictory outcomes of a humanitarian agenda subordinated to the demands of a World Bank-financed and state-led reconstruction process, especially as they impacted the aspirations of the district’s coastal artisanal fisher communities. More broadly, Swamy is interested in the globalization of finance, its impacts through humanitarian “soft power” on the priorities and dynamics of governance, and the emergence of new forms of popular politics in India and South Asia. In addition, he has published papers and book chapters on the development of heritage tourism in the former Danish colony of Tranquebar in South India, and is working on another book chapter engaging with the problem of
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- Political Anthropology
- Anthropology of South Asia
- Religion in Contemporary South Asia