Assistant Professor


PhD Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MA Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MA Political Science, McGill University
BA Social Sciences and Theater, Bennington College


South Asia; Southeast Asia

Topics of Interest

Urban anthropology; political anthropology; cultural and critical geography; gender and politics; urban theory; anthropology of transport and infrastructure; labor; globalization; South Asia and southeast Asia.

Research Statement

Dr. Bedi has research and teaching interests in gender studies, cultural and critical geography, urban studies and urban theory, and political anthropology, and mobilities.

Her first book, "The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India" (2016, SUNY Press) develops a feminist theory of brokerage politics. It is particularly interested in the expressive forms of politics and in the dynamics of urbanization in the global South that give rise to emergent and gendered forms of charismatic political brokerage among low level women politicians in Western India.

Her second book project "Everyday Technologies of the Urban: Motoring and Mobilities in Bombay/Mumbai's Taxi Trade" (under advance contract, University of Washington Press), falls broadly into the fields of urban history, transport anthropology, transnational labor studies, and mobilities. It looks at the social, material, political, labor and manufacturing histories of road transport, motoring and automobility through the lens of the taxi trade in Bombay/Mumbai.  It is an ethnohistorical  study of the city's primary mode of intermediate public transport -- the urban taxicab and of all the livelihoods and contemporary transformations that surround it.
She is currently conducting fieldwork for this project in Mumbai and Singapore.


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Contact Information

Email: tbedi@uic.edu
Office Phone: (312) 413-3583

For further information: 
Tarini Bedi's CV
Tarini Bedi's webpage