Professor • Community and Social Justice Studies
Group formation; Caste, Race; Identity & Inequality; Culture; Development; India
The culturalization of caste in India: Identity and inequality in a multicultural age; Routledge; 2011
Racialization and ethnicization: Hindutva hegemony and caste; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Volume
‘Why don’t they use the toilet built for them?’: Explaining toilet use in Chhattisgarh, Central India; Volume
Cultural Identity and Beef Festivals: Toward a ‘Multiculturalism Against Caste’; , Contemporary South Asia; Volume
Against Stigma: Studies in Caste, Race, and Justice Since Durban; Orient BlackSwan; 2009
Castes Without Casteism? The Real Beef with Caste and ‘Culture’
“Caste as Political Identity: Difference, Hegemony, Solidarity”
Awards and Honors
The myth of the Indian Vegetarian Nation
A news article based on my co-authored publication 'Provincializing vegetarianism"
An interview podcast on "What is Hindutva" at the Polis Project
As the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls with 900 million voters getting ready to decide the future of the Republic, The Polis Project is speaking to scholars, writers, artists and activists about some of the most critical issues affecting India today. In this Podcast, Suchitra Vijayan speaks to Prof Balmurli Natrajan about the political and cultural history of Hindutva, it’s a relationship to fascism, how caste and violence are deployed by Hindutva and what awaits the country in the aftermath of the elections.
Anthropology Course Explores the Life Cycle of, Say, Your Pen
Dr. Natrajan's course on "Global Transformations and the Human Condition" at William Paterson University of New Jersey uses everyday objects to teach students about globalization, development, and how different parts of the world are linked in complex and subtle ways. When he introduced the course three years ago, he had trouble filling the seats and taught as few as 10 students. Today the course has become so popular that Mr. Natrajan is planning to add a section in the spring.
Fellowships, Grants and Research
Senior Fellowship Grant
Worlds of Work: Meeting the Challenge of Teaching Asia in the 21st century" for K-12 teachers
Notable Courses Taught
Global Transformations and the Human Condition (see Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct 21, 2011, http://chronicle.com/article/Anthropology-Course-Explores/129572/
Culture, Identity, and Cognition