Dr Anastasia Piliavsky
Dr Piliavsky studied Social Anthropology at Boston and Oxford Universities and has previously done research in Russia and Mongolia. Her great ethnographic love is the Indian province of Rajasthan, where she has done the bulk of her archival and field research, with her most recent project focusing on a community of professional thieves and its involvement in the governance of rural Rajasthan. The analytical thrust of the study revolves around norms of relatedness and the logic of rank in Indian society more broadly. She is currently interested in donor-servant (or ‘patron-client’) relations, the pre-colonial history of ‘criminal castes’, gossip and secrecy, the history and ethnography of policing and judicial institutions, as well as the culture of politics in South Asia today.