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2018–19 Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar

Dr. Riddhi Bhandari

Riddhi Bhandari’s research extrapolates the intersections between trust, ethics, and jurisprudence that are articulated through economic transactions and exchanges. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology in May 2016 from American University in Washington, D.C. For her doctoral research, she conducted fieldwork in local tourism markets in Agra, India. Her research sought to understand entrepreneurs’ perceptions of risks and how they mobilized their social networks and political affiliations to mitigate these risks. In 2015–16, she received the Adam Smith Fellowship and the Institute of Humane Studies Fellowship to support her dissertation research and writing.

Bhandari has taught three independent courses on economic anthropology and gender studies, including most recently, Living with Digital Technology: What Does it Mean to be Human in the Digital Era? Drawn to multispecies ethnography, she plans a future study of how tripartite relations between the state, humans, and leopards manifest through India’s conservation laws and practices.