Indivar Jonnalagadda


Indivar is a joint Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology and South Asia Studies. His ongoing dissertation project examines the intersecting politics of citizenship and property for marginalized groups based on ethnographic fieldwork in Hyderabad, India among residents and activists in slum settlements, government offices and development NGOs. His inter-disciplinary project contributes to understanding the social life of law, processes of subalternization, urban bureaucracy and the regulation of informal economies. Prior to the PhD, as a researcher at Hyderabad Urban Lab, Indivar conducted ethnographic research on sanitation infrastructure, public housing schemes and low-cost private schools.


M.A. in Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2014.

B.Sc. in Statistics, St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai, 2012.

Research Interests

Citizenship; law & property relations; poverty, inequality and development; urban infrastructure; political ecology; ethnographic film & multimodal scholarship.

Selected Publications

Jonnalagadda, Indivar, Ryan Stock, and Karan Misquitta. Forthcoming. “Titling as a Contested Process: Conditional Land Rights and Subaltern Citizenship in South India.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Jonnalagadda, Indivar. 2018. “Citizenship as a Communicative Effect.” Signs and Society 6 (3): 531–57.

Maringanti, Anant and Indivar Jonnalagadda. “Rent gap, fluid infrastructure and population excess in a gentrifying neighbourhood.” City 19, nos. 2 & 3 (2015): 365-374.

Graduation Year



Dissertation Title

The Limits of Property and Citizenship for the Urban Poor in Hyderabad, India

Graduate Status