Smriti Srinivas


Position Title
Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies, Co-Director, Reimagining the Indian Ocean Worlds Initiative and Professor, Anthropology


Smriti Srinivas is a Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at the University of California, Davis. She is also Co-Director of the Mellon Research Initiative in "Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds." Her research over the last two decades has focused on the relationship between cities, religion, cultural memory and the body. She is the author of four books, including the recent A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia (2015), and is engaged in a new book project on Indian Ocean imaginaries. Her research has been supported over the years by a Mellon Fellowship, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Delhi University National Fellowship, UC Humanities Network Multi-Campus Working Group and Multi-Campus Research Group Awards, the American Academy of Religion, the Davis Humanities Institute, the Indian Foundation for the Arts, and the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, among others. She currently serves on the advisory board of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies and the editorial board of Contemporary South AsiaRead more about Smriti Srinivas's research and activities.