Meet the organizers

Malay Firoz | Anthropology, Modern Culture & Media

Malay Firoz is a third year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. His research focuses on contemporary paradigms of humanitarian intervention, specifically addressing debates about state sovereignty and the rise of global governance as a response to the proliferating threat of mass displacement. Although his current project deals with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, his research more broadly is informed by his training as a South Asian anthropologist in critical theory, postcolonial theory and subaltern studies. Malay is the recipient of two gold medals at the University of Delhi for his Bachelors and Masters degrees. His publications include “The Contemporaneity of Terrorism: assessing the stakes in culturalist readings of 9/11”, which appeared in the Journal of International Relations Research in 2012. At Brown, Malay is a recipient of the Chancellor Thomas Tisch Fellowship. His current research is funded by the Watson Institute through the Graduate Program in Development (GPD) Fellowship. He is also pursuing a secondary Masters degree in the Department of Modern Culture and Media, funded by the Mellon Foundation through Brown University’s Open Graduate Program.

Brian A. Horton | Anthropology

Brian A. Horton is a third year PhD student in the department of Anthropology. His research is invested in understanding the experiences of LGBTQ persons in contemporary India. Brian is motivated by a broader theoretical interest in subaltern studies, queer anthropology, postcolonial studies, development studies, and critical theory on governmentality and citizenship. His research is currently funded by the Watson Institute’s IGERT/NSF grant for Development and Inequality in the Global South. He is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a Brown India Initiative Fellowship, and has been funded by the Brown Graduate School’s Joukowksy Fellowship. He has conducted fieldwork in India during summer 2013 and will return to India in summer 2014.

Abhilash Medhi |  History

Abhilash Medhi is a third year PhD candidate in the department of History. His broad interest is in the interaction between imperial imaginations and political subjectivities. He is specifically interested in British imperial ideology in the northwestern and northeastern frontiers of the British Empire in South Asia, and the influence of colonial histories and literature on historical and anthropological thought in these areas. Abhilash is a graduate fellow of the Brown-India Initiative and a recipient of the South Asian Studies fellowship.

Anar Parikh | Anthropology

Anar Parikh is a second year PhD student in the department of Anthropology. Her current work investigates the politics of heritage preservation in Ahmedabad, India, and seeks to situate current efforts for historic and cultural preservation within the broader socio-political milieu of post-economic liberalization India. More broadly, her research interests are grounded in urban anthropology, everyday life in South Asia, and the South Asian Diaspora. Anar is a graduate fellow of the Brown-India Initiative.

Andrea Wright | Anthropology

Andrea Wright is a third year PhD student in the department of Anthropology. Her research, concerning the migration of women from Northeastern India to Bangalore, lies at the intersection of intimate labor, gender, development policy, race, and marginalization. She was previously a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and earned a Master’s in Development Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. Andrea is currently funded by an  IGERT/NSF grant for Development and Inequality in the Global South and the Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. Andrea is also a 2014-2015 Graduate Fellow at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She was a Brown India Initiative graduate fellow from 2013-2014.