Arjun Appadurai is the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is a prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist, having formerly served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School in NYC. He has held various professorial chairs and visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and Yale University. In addition, he has served on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India. The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his field. He is also a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Visiting Honorary Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Senior Research Partner, Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany
Tata Chair Professor, Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
Books include The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition (Verso, 2013), Fear of Small Numbers (Duke University Press, 2006), Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (University of Minnesota, 1996) and The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 1988).