Professor • Community and Social Justice Studies
Group formation; Caste, Race; Identity & Inequality; Culture & Transmission; 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
In this Podcast, Suchitra Vijayan (polis Project) speaks to Prof. Balmurli Natrajan about the political and cultural history of Hindutva - ultranationalist authoritarian populism in India.
Anthropology Course Explores the Life Cycle of, Say, Your Pen
The Chronicle did a piece on Dr. Natrajan's course on "Global Transformations and the Human Condition" at William Paterson University of New Jersey in which students do a project about the 'social life of everyday objects' to learn about globalization and development.
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
Culture, Identity, and Cognition
Foundations of Community Development