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Aditi Aggarwal

Graduate Student

Anthropology, Sociocultural


Building & Room:

BSB 3103


1007 W. Harrison Street

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Aditi Aggarwal CV


I am a cultural anthropologist interested in urban transformations and how these intersect with the everyday in cities in South Asian. My current research looks at how processes of privatization of public transport infrastructures unfolds. I want to explore what such privatization and the discourses surrounding it do for the collective uses of these sites as spaces of livelihood, socializing, and resource sharing. Specifically, I focus on the creation and constant disruption of vendor economies run by women on city suburban trains.

Region: India, Mumbai

Committee Chair: Tarini Bedi

Notable Honors

2018, Charles R. Reed Award, Department of Anthropology, UIC

2017, Joshua J. Terry Award, Department of Anthropology, UIC

2016, Chancellor's Graduate Research Award, University of Illinois at Chicago


2016- present Doctoral candidate, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
2011 - 2016 Integrated M.A., Development Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Selected Presentations

2017 Regulars and irregulars: The gendered labour of building livelihoods on the Mumbai local; 46th Annual Conference on South Asia, Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (October 26-28)

2017 Ladies Compartment: Producing Space and Negotiating Mobility in a Women-only Crowd; 47th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (April 19 - 22)

2017 Ladies Compartment: Space and Mobility in a Women-only Crowd; 19th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago. (April 8)