Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo
Radcliffe Institute Graduate Student Fellow
Jugaad Development: The Politics of Building Construction in India’s National Capital Region

Namita Dharia is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Her research interests include architecture and the built environment, urban development politics, labor, and the experience of cities.

While at Radcliffe, Dharia will be writing her doctoral dissertation, a cross-class ethnography of the real estate and construction industry in India’s National Capital Region. In it, she studies the intimate relationships between individuals and the built environment in the context of rapidly urbanizing areas in developing countries. Her interdisciplinary project seeks to establish conversations between architecture and anthropology.

Dharia received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Mumbai and holds a master’s degree in architecture from Cornell University. Her research has been supported by the Cora Du Bois Charitable Trust, the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

2014–2015 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

This information is accurate as of the fellowship year indicated for each fellow.
Photo by Tony Rinaldo