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Bharat Venkat

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-5110
  • Office: 357 Condon Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies


B.A., Stanford University (2006), M.A., Stanford University (2007), Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (2014)


Dr. Bharat Jayram Venkat is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on  1.) science, technology & medicine, 2.) history and temporality, 3.) ethics and 4.) design. He has been conducting fieldwork in South Asia since 2006, mostly in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Prior to joining the department, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University in the Global Health Program. His research has received support from the American Council for Learned Societies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute for Indian Studies and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation. Dr. Venkat is currently on leave to finish his first book, India after Antibiotics: Tuberculosis at the Limits of Cure. This work examines how the concepts of the curable and the incurable have mutated in relation to shifts in therapeutic form, as well as changing ideas about racial, geographic and species-based forms of difference.


Journal Articles
2017                      "Scenes of Commitment." Cultural Anthropology 32(1): 93-116.
2016                      "Cures." Public Culture 28(3): 475-497.
Book Reviews
2017           ​  Review of Nancy Owen Lewis’ Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest
                                 for Heath. In Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
2016                      "Metabolic Living with Madhur Jaffrey." Review of Harris Solomon’s Metabolic Living:
                                 Food, Fat and the Absorption of Illness in IndiaBook forum for
2015                       "In Uncertain Times: Cancer and the Politics of Survival." Review of S. Lochlann Jain’s
                                 Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us. In Science as Culture 24(1): 122-26.
Digital Scholarship
2017             Commitment, Citation, and Context: An Interview with Bharat Jayram Venkat.” Cultural
2016                        "Awakenings." Part of the series "After the End of Disease." 
2011                         "A Very Thin Line: On Touching the Sacred and the Museological."
                                  ArtSlant India.


ANTH 162: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
ANTH 311: Cultures of South Asia
ANTH 689: Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Social Theory (aka Social Theory II)