Pooja Nayak

Doctoral Student


I am a joint PhD student in Anthropology and South Asia Studies. My ethnographic research involves a study of defunct industrial sites, human–environment relationships, and the ways in which scientific modes of knowledge production become new sites of capital accumulation.

Research Interests

anthropology of environment; state and economy relationships; ethnography of industrial labor; science and technology studies; history of modern South Asia.

Graduation Year



Dissertation Title

Rust and Ferns: Work, Value, and the Politics of Ecological Security in Kudremukh, South India

Graduate Status