I am a humanistic political anthropologist interested in how complex relationships between gender, race, caste, and class intersect to produce people as political subjects with varying degrees of legitimacy in the eyes of the neoliberal state. I work with a North Indian community on the Delhi-Haryana border.


PhD (2021) Anthropology. Dissertation “Good: Political Life in a North Indian Community”

MA (2011) Sociology – Central European University: Budapest, Hungary

BA (2008) Social Science – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Russell, W. (2022) “Agents of Sacrifice: Victims and Human Rights in North India.” Humanity 13 (1).

Russell, W. (2021) “Maybe the Body Does More: Trying to Dance on Collaborative Grounds in North India.” Collaborative Anthropologies 14 (1).

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