Ananya Vajpeyi

Assistant Professor

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Ananya Vajpeyi works at the intersection of intellectual history, political theory and critical philology. She is currently writing two books: one, a history of caste categories in India from pre-colonial to modern times, and the other, her long-term project, a life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956).

Professor Vajpeyi was educated at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (MA), the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (MPhil), and the University of Chicago (PhD). She has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, in the history department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Most recently she was a Visiting Professor in South Asian and North African Studies at the University of Venice, Ca' Foscari (Spring 2014).

Professor Vajpeyi has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU and the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. She has been an IDRC visiting fellow at CSDS, a senior fellow with the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a Kluge Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 2013 and 2014.

She is currently a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs, 2014-2017. Her first book, Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India, was named book of the year 2012 by the Guardian and the New Republic. It received the 41st Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize from Harvard University Press, the Tata First Book Award for Non-Fiction (2013), and the Crossword Award for Non-Fiction (2013).

Vajpeyi writes regularly for The Hindu newspaper and guest-edits an issue of Seminar magazine annually. Recent publications include an op-ed in the New York Times, an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books and an interview on, with the Editor of Foreign Affairs, Gideon Rose.