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Bharat Venkat

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-5110
  • Office: 357 Condon Hall


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 interested in science, medicine & technology, history and temporality, ethics, design and the environment, with a primary area focus in South Asia. Prior to joining the department, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University in the Global Health Program. His current book project, India after Antibiotics: Tuberculosis at the Limits of Cure, rethinks questions of therapeutic efficacy, temporality and ethics by asking what it means to be cured, as well as what it means for a cure to come undone. This work draws on ethnographic research and archival materials stretching back to the mid-19th century to argue that cure itself is a mutable concept. Dr. Venkat's work has been published in the journals Cultural Anthropology and Public Culture. His research has received support from a variety of sources, including the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute for Indian Studies and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.


Journal Articles
Forthcoming       "Hierarchies of Commitment." Cultural Anthropology.
2016                      "Cures." Public Culture 28(3).
Book Reviews
Forthcoming        "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
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)