Arvind Rajagopal

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

Arvind Rajagopal

Phone: 212 998 9032

Arvind Rajagopal is Professor of Media Studies at NYU, and is an affiliated faculty in the Departments of Sociology, and Social and Cultural Analysis. In the year 2010-11, he is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

His books include Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (Cambridge, 2001), which won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize from the Association of Asian Studies and the Daniel Griffiths Prize at NYU, both in 2003, and The Indian Public Sphere: Structure and Transformation (Oxford, 2009). He has won awards from the MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, and has been a Member in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. In addition to his scholarly writing, he has also published in forums such the SSRC’s Immanent Frame and opendemocracy.net, and in newspapers and periodicals.

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  • 2010 : Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford
  • 2009 : Fellow, NYU Humanities Initiative
  • 2008 : Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India.
  • 2006 : Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C..
  • 2004 : American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Fellowship, Jan-Oct 2004
  • 2004 : UPE Professor at University of Hyderabad, India.
  • 2003 : Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize. Best Book Award. South Asia Council, Association of Asian Studies
  • 2003 : Daniel Griffiths Award, Best Book, NYU, School of Education
  • 2000 : American Institute of Indian Studies. Short term Senior Fellowship
  • 1999 : New York University Challenge Grant
  • 1998 : Honorary Fellow, Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • 1998 : Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 1996 : Sawyer Fellowship, International Institute, University of Michigan
  • 1996 : Macarthur Foundation Fellowship for Research and Writing on Peace and International Cooperation

Selected Publications

  • 'Special political zone: urban planning, spatial segregation and the infrastructure of violence in Ahmedabad', South Asian History and Culture, 1: 4, 529 — 556 (view)

Research Interests

My research and scholarly writing over the last ten years have focused on the constitutive role of media in linking political-economic processes such as market deregulation and the rise of new image and knowledge-based economies, with transformations of public and political culture. In particular, my research seeks to understand how political authority changes when multicultural societies with recently nationalized state apparatuses simultaneously experience the growth of communications, rising consumption, market deregulation, and a diminishing monopoly over the legitimate means of coercion. I ask how print and electronic media together enable the rise of more democratic public cultures and social relations, even as they are also crucial to the rise of new disciplinary technologies. In the process, I highlight the drawbacks of Eurocentric accounts of media and technology that relegate non-western developments to the status of marginalia and aberration.