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Dr Poornima Paidipaty

Dr Poornima Paidipaty

Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate


Biography:

I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and my work examines the intersections of decolonisation, governance and modern social science.  Alongside this research, I am working on a book, Tribal Nation, exploring the history of anthropology in the subcontinent, and charting the relationship between military science, political culture and citizenship in India’s tribal borderlands.   This work is part of an ongoing interest in large-scale state sciences (logistics, cartography, statistics, demography and engineering) and their historical implications for understanding economic disparity and democratic politics in South Asia.

I will be working with Dr Ramos Pinto on his project 'The Measure of Inequality: Social Knowledge in Historial Perspective' between 2014 and 2017.

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History of Wealth Project

This project, co-funded by the Philomathia Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust, investigates the broader significance of wealth an inheritance in 19th and early-20th century Britain.

This programme was launched by POLIS in October 2013, and aims to train future policy-makers to value and promote evidence-based policies that can most benefit society.