Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Affiliated with the Centre for International Environmental Studies
Shaila Seshia Galvin holds a PhD in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Environmental Studies, and Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College, USA, from 2013 to 2015. She has taught at these two universities, and has advised different organisations specialised in food and agriculture. Her research concentrates on agrarian change in particular.
Becoming Organic: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya, Manuscript in progress.
Works in Progress/Under Review
“The Farming of Trust: Organic Certification and the Limits of Transparency in Uttarakhand, India," article-length manuscript under review
“Interspecies Relations and Agrarian Worlds,” article-length manuscript under review
2016. ‘Ecology of the Himalaya,’ Oxford Bibliographies. New York: Oxford University Press. (reviews received November, 2014)
2014. ‘Organic Designs and Agrarian Practice in Uttarakhand, India,’ Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment: The Journal of Culture and Agriculture, 36(2): 118-128.
2011. ‘Nature’s Market: A Review of Organic Certification,’ Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 2, 48-67.
1998. ‘Divide and Rule in Indian Party Politics: The Rise of the Bharatiya Janata Party,’ Asian Survey, Volume 38 (November): 1036-1050.
2006. ‘Farming and Food Research: Participation and the Public Good,’ with Tom MacMillan. In
Ethics, Law and Society. Eds., Jenny Gunning and Søren Holm. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Published Articles, Reports and Reviews
2006. ‘Packaging Nature, Marketing the Environment: New Work on Science Frictions’, Anthropology News, 47 (6), September. (Co-author with Jeremy Campbell, Nikhil Anand, Adam Henne, and Amelia Moore)
2004. Review of Does Civil Society Matter? Governance in Contemporary India, Rajesh Tandon and Ranjita Mohanty, in Pacific Affairs, 77(3): pp: 593-594.
2003. ‘Understanding Access to Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources: What Can a Livelihoods Perspective Offer?’ with Ian Scoones. Livelihoods Support Programme Working Paper No. 6. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
2003. ‘Seed Trails and Sustainable Livelihoods: Understanding Access to Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources.’ Livelihoods Support Programme, Briefing Note No. 3. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
2003. ‘Tracing Policy Connections: The Politics of Knowledge in the Green Revolution and Biotechnology Eras in India’, IDS Working Paper No. 188. Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. (co-authored with Ian Scoones)
2003. ‘Livelihood Dynamics: Rural Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe’, IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 15-30. (Co-author)
2003. ‘The Rural Poor, the Private Sector and Markets: Changing Interactions in Southern Africa’,
IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 64-78. (Co-author
2003. ‘Decentralisations in Practice in Southern Africa’, IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 79-96. (Co-author) 2003. ‘Rights Talk and Rights Practice: Challenges for Southern Africa’, IDS Bulletin, 34(3), pp. 97-
2002. ‘Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights in India: Law-making and the Cultivation of Varietal Control,’ Economic and Political Weekly, 37 (27), pp. 2741-2747.