Bharat Venkat

Assistant Professor

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2014 Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
2007 M.A., Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University
2006 B.A., Cultural and Social Anthropology, Stanford University

Dr. Bharat Jayram Venkat is an assistant professor at UCLA’s Institute for Society & Genetics. He has been conducting ethnographic and historical research in India since 2006 on issues related to science & medicine, temporality, ethics and design. His first book, At the Limits of Cure (under contract with Duke University Press), is the winner of the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences. This book asks about what it means to be cured by tracing ideas of the curable and incurable in tuberculosis treatment and research from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, specifically in India.

His work on science & medicine includes essays on ethical reasoning in the clinic, the history of evidentiary paradigms in antibiotic research, the idea of radical cure, extreme drug resistance in India, and the graphic imagination of triage in the face of antibiotic failure.

He has also written about the relationship between immigration law, sham marriage, and the study of cults.

He is currently at work on a series of new projects on urban design & heat waves, 3D printing & the remaking of the body, the reservoir concept, and financial planning for the apocalypse.

Prior to joining the Institute for Society and Genetics, Dr. Venkat taught in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University’s Global Health Program. His research has received support from the American Council for Learned Societies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute for Indian Studies and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.

You can find much of his work here.