Profile

Anand Vaidya is an anthropologist of environmental politics and the law in contemporary India. Vaidya's first project is an ethnographic and historical study of India’s Forest Rights Act, a landmark 2006 law that recognizes the land rights of the country’s many landless forest dwellers. Studying the law together with the movements that were crucial in pushing for it—and which continue to be central in implementing it—he seeks to understand the many, and often contradictory, political projects that the law has enabled in relation to the political struggles that produced it.

Dr. Vaidya is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Fulbright-Nehru program, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard.