Associate Professor of Anthropology


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Field of Specialty

Urban anthropology, mobility, infrastructure, body cultures, ethnographies of citizenship and the state; South Asia

Contact Information

Brown Social Science Center 209

Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

Professor Anjaria teaches courses in Urban Studies, Environmental Anthropology, Sports and Society and the Culture and Politics of India and Pakistan. His research has focused on the mobility, body cultures, the politics of public space and the informal economy in urban India. His publications include a book titled the Slow Boil: Street Food, Public Space and Rights in Mumbai. He has also published articles on corruption, street vending, civic activism, citizenship and popular culture in contemporary India, and co-edited a book on urban South Asia (Urban Navigations: Politics, Space and the City in South Asia, with Colin Mcfarlane). He is currently researching the cultural life of the bicycle in India.


Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Mumbai has the makings of a great cycling city." Scroll.in September 16, 2017.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Rule by Aesthetics: World-Class City Making in Delhi." by Asher Ghertner. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies vol. 40 of 4 2017: 921-922.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. The Slow Boil: Street Food, Rights and Public Space in Mumbai. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ursula Rao. "Talking Back to the State: Citizens' Engagement After Neoliberal Reform in India." Social Anthropology/ Anthropologie Sociale 22. 4 (2015): 410-427.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Review of Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City." Rev. of Karachi: Ordered Disorder and the Struggle for the City, by Laurent Gayer. Journal of Asian Studies vol. 74 2015

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Review." Rev. of Censorium: Cinema and the Open Edge of Mass Publicity, by William Mazzarella. American Ethnologist vol. 42 of 3 2015: 538-540.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ulka Anjaria. "Slumdog Millionaire and Epistemologies of the City [revised version]." The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Ajay Gehlawat. Anthem Press, 2013. 53-68.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ulka Anjaria. "The Fractured Spaces of Entrepreneurialism in Post-Liberalization India." Enterprise Culture in Neoliberal India. Ed. Nandini Gooptu. Routledge, 2013. 190-205.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Review." Rev. of Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan, by Mathew Hull. American Ethnologist vol. 40 2013: 587-588.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Review." Rev. of Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry, by Tejaswini Ganti. American Ethnologist vol. 40 of 1 2013: 228-230.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Is There a Culture of the Indian Street?." Seminar 636 (2012): 21-27.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Colin Mcfarlane, ed. Urban Navigations: Politics, Space and the City in South Asia. Routledge, 2011.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Colin Mcfarlane. "Conceptualising the City in South Asia." Urban Navigations: Politics, Space and the City in South Asia. Ed. Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria and Colin Mcfarlane. New Delhi and London: Routledge, 2011. 1-22.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Ordinary States: Everyday Corruption and the Politics of Space in Mumbai." American Ethnologist 38. 1 (2011): 58-72.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ulka Anjaria. "Slumdog Millionaire and Epistemologies of the City." Economic and Political Weekly 45. 24 (2010): 41-46.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Guardians of the Bourgeois City: Citizenship, Public Space and Middle Class Activism in Mumbai." City and Community 8. 4 (2009): 391-406.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ulka Anjaria. "Text, Genre, Society: Hindi Youth Films and Postcolonial Desire." Journal of South Asian Popular Culture 6. 2 (2008): 125-140.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "On Street Life and Urban Disasters: Lessons from the ‘Third World'." What is a City?: Rethinking the urban after Hurricane Katrina.. Ed. Phil Steinberg and Rob Shields. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2008. 186-202.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "The Mall and the Street: Practices of Public Consumption in Mumbai." Lived Experiences of Public Consumption: Encounters with Value in Marketplaces on Five Continents. Ed. Daniel Thomas Cook. New York: Palgrave, 2008. 203-220.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Bombay to Mumbai: The City in Transition." Rev. of Bombay to Mumbai: The City in Transition, by Sujata Patel and Jim Masselos.. Contributions to Indian Sociology vol. 40 of 3 2006: 407-409.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Street Hawkers and Public Space in Mumbai." Economic and Political Weekly 41. 21 (2006): 2140-2146.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Urban Calamities: A view from Mumbai." Space and Culture 9. 1 (2006): 80-82.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro and Ulka Anjaria. ""Modernity's Split Subject"." Rev. of Seven Summers; The Mulk Raj Anand Omnibus; Mulk Raj Anand: Shaping the Indian Modern., by Mulk Raj Ananad. Biblio vol. 10 November-December: 6-7.

Anjaria, Jonathan Shapiro. "Packaging a Dream." Rev. of Shoveling Smoke: Advertising and globalization in contemporary India, by William Mazzarella. Biblio vol. 10 2005: 28-29.

Courses Taught

ANTH 1a Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies
ANTH 81a Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork: Methods and Practice of Anthropological Research
ANTH 129b Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities
ANTH 151b Nature, Culture, Power: Anthropology of the Environment
ANTH 158a Urban Worlds
ANTH 167a Sports, Society and the Body
ANTH 202b Advanced Ethnographic Research Methods
ANTH 340a Anthropology Graduate Proseminar
EL 94a Experiential Learning Practicum
SAS 100a India and Pakistan: Understanding South Asia