Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows; Assistant Professor, Anthropology
104A West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
hours: Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm
Rijul Kochhar is an anthropologist and a historian of science whose research interests include transnational histories of infectious diseases, environmental anthropology, and critical theories of technology, disability, and rationality.
Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council, and the MIT International Science & Technology Initiative (MISTI), Rijul’s research has featured recently in the Notes and Records of the Royal Society; Anthropology Now; and Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon.
His current book project, "Science in Waiting: Antibiotic Resistance, Planetary Crisis, and Bacteriophage Futures After the Cold War," pursues interconnected sites in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, India, and the US, to explore how a “post-antibiotic era” is causing a resurgence of collective interest in once-moribund bacteriophage therapy.
At Michigan, Rijul's research and teaching endeavors remain associated with the Anthropology department; the Doctoral Program in Anthropology & History; the Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS); the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS); the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES); and the Society of Fellows.