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Ravindra Khare

Professor and Dir of Ctr on Critical Human Survival Issues

Phone: 434-924-3644
Personal Website

PO Box 400120
Brooks Hall, 305
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4120

Research Interests

I am a sociocultural anthropologist interested in contemporary anthropological theories, and in comparative discussions of Indian society, nation-state and culture in relation to the modern Western-- and American--culture. My first fieldwork, while teaching anthropology in India, was on the changing rules of ritual purity, pollution, and domestic cleanliness in a North Indian village (1958-61). I pursued this interest further at the University of Chicago during 1963-64, and over the next several years by studying orthodox-yet-modern Kanyakubja Brahmans of the Avadh region for their caste organization and social change. My teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the late sixties allowed me to organize and lead an interdisciplinary department on "modernization studies." During the seventies and eighties, I studied structural logic, philosophy and symbolic meanings of food in Indian society and culture, along with Indian food security and hunger issues. With converging interests during the late seventies, Professor Mary Douglas and I collaborated for several years for promoting internationally anthropological research on food, culture and human survival. Simultaneously, the Center for Advanced Study of University of Virginia, supported my initiative for a university committee (1974-1989) on issues in modern individualism to promote interdisciplinary faculty collaboration and communication.


  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Lucknow University
  • Master of Arts (MA), Lucknow University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Lucknow University