Dr. Appadurai’s research and teaching at BGC focuses on the intersection of material culture studies, anthropology, social history, and economics.

Dr. Appadurai joins BGC from New York University where he has served as Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge. Dr. Appadurai retired from his post at NYU at the end of the 2020-21 academic year but retains other concurrent academic positions including: Mercator Fellow, Free University and Humboldt University, Berlin; Honorary Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and Senior Research Partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen. Dr. Appadurai continues to be based in Berlin and primarily teaches courses at BGC remotely.

His previous positions include Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School, and William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of International Studies and Director of the Initiative on Cities and Globalization at Yale University. He has held professorial chairs at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, and has visiting professorships at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Oxford, University of Delhi, University of Michigan, University of Amsterdam, Humboldt University, Witwatersrand University, and EHESS (Paris).

Select Publications
Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Minnesota 1996; Oxford India 1997)

Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Geography of Anger
(Duke 2006)

The Future as Cultural Fact: Essays on the Global Condition
(Verso 2013)

Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance
(Chicago 2016).

(Polity Press 2019).
Select Courses
What is Research? II

Object Lessons in Critical Social Theory