faculty

Faculty

Anup. K. Kapoor (M.A, M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D) Professor & Head

    Area of Interest
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Dermatoglyphics
  • Human genetics and variation
  • Paleoanthropology Biostatistics

Prof. A. K. Kapoor has been teaching papers on Human origins and variation, Living Human Populations/ Biological Diversity in Human Populations, Craniometry, Somatometry and Somatoscopy, Human Population Genetics, Ethnic elements in Indian Populations, Anthropology of India, Anthropology in Practice, Fundamentals of Population Studies, Paleoanthropology, Human Population Genetics, Biostatistics and Computational Anthropology, Serology, Dermatoglyphics, Demographic Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Research Methods and Techniques and Applied Physical Anthropology for the last 32 years in University of Delhi. He has been awarded various awards like Ruchi Award, Life-time Education Achievement Award, Vidya RatanAward , Man of the Year Award, Dr. Panchanan Mitra Memorial Award and also has been elected as the Sectional President in Anthropological and Behavioural Sciences of Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata. He has served variously in the capacity of Provost of D. S. Kothari hostel from 1999-2001 and as member of governing body of various committees and colleges. Also, he was the deputy Proctor of Delhi University from 1989-2004. He has successfully completed several projects variously funded by ICMR, ICSR, UGC, University of Delhi, ICSSR, etc. and is currently investigating a project funded by Lionex Diagnostic and Therapeutics, Germany Sponsored project “Prevalence of Tuberculosis among migrants and settled populations of Delhi” (2013-14). He has been central to framing the syllabus of B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., (Anthropology) and Certificate Course in Forensic Science and is a Patron of various committees including Jiwaji University, Gwalior. Professor Kapoor was the former Vice Chancellor of Jiwaji University, Gwalior.
Email: anupkapoor46@rediffmail.com

Vinay Kumar Srivastava (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Professor

    Area of Interest
  • Comparative religion
  • Caste system
  • Family dynamics
  • Medical systems
  • Anthropological theory and methods


Prof. V. K. Srivastava is a Professor in Department of Anthropology. He has been trained in anthropology and sociology at Department of Anthropology and Delhi school of Economics, University of Delhi. He earned his doctorate in social anthropology from University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the Department as a lecturer in 1985, he taught sociology in Hindu College and had also acted in the capacity of Teacher-in-charge of the Department of Sociology there. He has also acted as Principal of Hindu College from March 2010-2012 while on lien from Department of Anthropology. He teaches courses on anthropological theory and methods, urban anthropology, medical anthropology, tribal and peasant societies in the Department. He was awarded numerous honors and fellowships like Science Merit Award, University Gold Medal for being the highest rank holder in Anthropology, All India Post-Graduate Scholarship from 1972-1974, National Scholarship from 1974-1976, Smt. Kunda Datar Gold Medal for being the best candidate in M.A. Sociology, R.D. Sanwal Memorial Prize for getting the highest marks in M.A. examination in Sociology, Fellowship under the Faculty Improvement Programme, 1979, National Scholarship to Study Abroad, Government of India, 1980, Commonwealth Scholarship to study Social Anthropology at Cambridge (U.K.) in 1988,Rashtriya Shiromani Award, 2006, by Delhi Telegu Society for distinguished work in anthropology, Post-Graduate Research Award, University Grants Commission, 2006.
Professor Srivastava was recently appointed as Director of Anthropological Survey in the month of March 2017.
Email: vks1@ymail.com


P.C.Joshi (B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D)
Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Public Health
  • Disaster Impact Assessment Tools
  • Anthropology and Mountain Communities

Prof. P. C. Joshi has served as head of the Department of Anthropology in various institutions and is currently Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Delhi. He was nominated Asia Coordinator of the European Union 6th Framework Microdis Integrated Project, 2007 and was a delegate of the European Union to Poznan, Poland in United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference in 2008. Prof. P. C. Joshi is recipient of the Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra National Award as Friends of Trees founder member, 1987 and the Inter-University Centre Associateship Award in Humanities and Social Sciences, 1996-1999, Certificate of Honour at the First France-India Meet on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, 2007, Plaque of Appreciation from Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, 2008, and Certificate of Appreciation on his research on disaster impacts in Asia and Europe by Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia in 2009, among other honours and distinctions. He is the current UGC SAP Advisory Committee Member for the SV University, Tirupati and Karnataka University Dharwad. He has been recently nominated as the Task Force Member, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. He has organized Fifteen Conferences included one in the University of Hue, Vietnam in the year 2010. He is the current president of the Society for Indian Medical Anthropology, Mysore and Executive Member of the Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society, Lucknow. His scientific publications are in the fields of Medical Anthropology, Traditional Medicines, Shamanism, Impact of Disasters, Life Style Diseases and Antibiotic Resistance.
Email: pcjoshi@anthro.du.ac.in
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Mohinder. P. Sachdeva (M.Sc., Ph.D, LL.B)
Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Human Population Genetics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Forensic Anthropology

Prof. Sachdeva has received his training in anthropology from Panjab University, Chandigarh where he was awarded the Panjab University Gold Medal and Bureau of Police Research and Development, Ministry of Home Affairs Fellowship to pursue his doctoral research. He specializes in Human population genetics, Molecular genetics and Forensic anthropology and has been teaching papers on Population genetics, Forensic anthropology, Serology, Palaeoanthropology, Biochemical genetics, Human biological diversity, Ethnic and cultural diversity since 1986 to both undergraduate and post graduate students. He has completed and is pursuing several research projects in Population genetics and molecular anthropology, funded by DBT, DST and UGC. He has successfully supervised 18 doctoral works in addition to several M.Phil dissertations. He is a member of many academic bodies and in editorial board of national and international journals.
Email: mpsachdeva@rediffmail.com



Soumendra Mohan Patnaik (M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D)
Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Anthropology of development
  • Tribal studies
  • Kinship
  • Globalization studies
  • Anthropological Theories
  • Research methodology


Prof. Patnaik has been teaching Social Anthropology for the last 24 years. He was a Fulbright –Nehru Visiting Lecturer at VT Institute for Policy and Governance /Urban Affairs and Planning Virginia Tech University, USA (August 2011 to Jan 2012). He was also visiting faculty to many universities both home and abroad. He is currently the President of Indian Anthropological Association. He now heads a commission on Policy and Governance in the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). Currently he is the Convener of Research Committee, Rural, Peasants and Tribal Commission. He is also the Director of Publication of Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society. He is a member of Editorial Board of the Asian Anthropology, a journal published by the Hongkong Anthropological Society. He is the Chairman, Governing board of Lakshmibai College, University of Delhi; Treasurer/member, Governing Board of Shaheed Rajguru College for Applied Sciences for Women, University of Delhi. He is also the chairperson , Managing committee of International Students house for women (DU).
Professor Patnaik was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Utkal University, Odisha in the month of July 2017.
Email: smp_du@yahoo.com



Gautam Kumar Kshatriya (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Human Population Genetics
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Tribal Health
  • Molecular Anthropology

Prof. G. K. Kshatriya teaches Human Genetics, Ecological Human Biology, Human Population Genetics, Human growth, development and adaptation, Paleoanthropology, Bio-statistics, Molecular Anthropology, Demography and Population dynamics at Undergraduate and Post graduate levels. He has been trained in physical anthropology at University of Delhi and subsequently at University of Texas, Houston facilitated by National Scholarship to study abroad. He has also worked in the capacity of a Senior researcher in various World Bank projects and National Institute of Health and Family Welfare. He has worked extensively in tribal health all over India. He has been Visiting Professor to Department of Anthropology, Punjab University, Chandigarh. Recently he was invited as Visiting Professor to the University of Coahuila at Torreon Mexico, for academic and research activities and international collaboration.
Email g26_51@yahoo.co.in



Prakash Ranjan Mondal (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Associate Professor
    Area of Interest
  • HumanGenetics: Human variations with genomic studies (Molecular Anthropology)
  • Human nutrition
  • growth & development
  • Forensic Anthropology and Dermatoglyphics

Dr. P R Mondal was trained in Anthropology in University of Kolkata and University of Delhi with a specialization in Physical Anthropology. Prior to joining Department as an assistant professor, he has worked as research assistant in an Indo-German Project and then in Nutrition Foundation of India. He teaches papers on Primatology, Human origins & variations, Paleoanthropology and Molecular Anthropology, Dermatoglyphics to undergraduates and postgraduates.
Email: prmondal1@rediffmail.com



Indrani Chattopadhyaya
(M.Sc., Ph.D)
Reader
    Area of Interest
  • Archaeology
  • Material Culture
  • Hunter-gatherer studies
  • Prehistoric Art
  • Ethno-archaeology
  • Archaeo-zoology
  • GIS in Archaeology


Dr. Indrani Chattopadhyaya is an archaeologist trained in the University of Allahabad. Her specialization is Prehistoric and Proto-historic Archaeology. She is Honorary Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland; Fellow Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (2006 – 2008). She has been attached to the UGC Centre for Advanced Study, Department of Ancient History Culture & Archaeology, University of Allahabad, Indian Council for Historical Research, Department of Archaeology University of Cambridge (1984 – 85), Cambridge Philosophical Society (1987) as visiting Scholar. She has been awarded numerous research grants from UGC, ICHR and Delhi University for advancing research in Archaeology/Ethnoarchaeology. She has carried out explorations in Sonebhadra region in southern U.P. and participated in a number of excavations in Ganga valley. She has published a number of research papers in National and International books and Journals. She is Managerial Editor of an International Journal - Journal of the Interdisciplinary Crossroads and member of Editorial Board in a number of journals in India. In addition to supervising research students she teaches Archaeological Anthropology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Material Culture in the department.
Email: indrani.hello@gmail.com



Manoj K. Singh (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Archaeology of India
  • Paleoanthropology

Dr. Manoj Kumar Singh received his training in Anthropology from Gossner College, Ranchi and University of Ranchi. He earned his doctorate in Archaeology from University of Delhi in 2002 and has subsequently been teaching archaeological anthropology and paleoanthropology at Department of Anthropology in University of Delhi as an assistant professor. He has also been serving as deputy proctor of University of Delhi since 2013.
Email: mksinghanthro@rediffmail.com



K N Saraswathy (M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D)
Assistant professor
    Area of Interest
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Genome Diversity
  • Molecular Medical Genetics

Dr. K N Saraswathy completed her postdoctoral research in Molecular Genetics from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA. Prior to joining the department in 2002, she worked at Amity institute of biotechnology. She currently teaches papers on Population Genetics, Biochemical Genetics, Human Biological Diversity, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, Techniques in Human Genetics to Undergraduates and postgraduates. She has also been the principal and co-principal investigator in several projects in the field of molecular and genetic anthropology based in the molecular anthropology laboratory in the Department.
Email: knsaraswathy@yahoo.com



R. P. Mitra (M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Tribal and Peasant Studies
  • Culture and Development
  • Crime against women
  • Mental Health
  • Ecology and Development

Dr. R. P. Mitra was trained in social anthropology at University of Delhi and teaches Introduction to Social anthropology, Social Institutions, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity of India, Tribe and Peasantry in India, Psychological Anthropology, Anthropological Theories, Religion and Symbolism and Ecological anthropology to undergraduates and postgraduates. Prior to joining the department as an assistant professor in 2003, he has worked as a research fellow in Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences (IHBAS). He has completed a research project on Evaluation of Conservation-cum Development Plan for the Bharia community of Madhya Pradesh. (Period: 2008-2010)funded by Department of Tribal Welfare, Government of Madhya Pradesh and currently investigating a project on Crime against women in India (Period: 2011 – Ongoing) funded by BPRD, Ministry of Home Affairs. Government of India.
Email: rp_mitra@yahoo.co.in



Benrithung Murry (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Demography and Human genetics

Dr. Benrithung Murry was trained in anthropology in North Eastern Hill University, Nagaland University and University of Delhi with a specialization in physical anthropology. Prior to joining the department in 2004 as a lecturer, he worked in the capacity of Research Officer at Law Research Institute, Gauhati High Court and as Guest Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, North Eastern Hill University. He has also served as the Resident Tutor in Jubilee Hall, University of Delhi during 2008-2009. He teaches papers on Human Evolution and Variations, Human Genetics, Demography and Biodiversity and also supervises research students.
Email: benrithungmurry@yahoo.co.in



Avitoli G Zhimo (M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Anthropology of law
  • Anthropology of globalization
  • Visual Anthropology




Dr. Avitoli G Zhimo has been teaching social anthropology at the University of Delhi since January 2009. She received her Master’s degree, M.Phil degree and PhD from the University of Delhi. Prior to joining the University, she worked as research assistant for an International Health NGO based at AIIMS, New Delhi. She teaches Anthropology of Kinship, family and Marriage; Anthropology of religion, politics and economy; Cultural ecology; Anthropology in practice; Anthropology of Development; Tribal cultures of India; Anthropological Theories; Visual Anthropology. She had worked extensively among the Naga tribes exploring the politics of conversion and the dynamics of customary law. She had also attempted to capture the changing realities among Naga tribes in the era of globalization. Her research papers had been published in reputed peer-reviewed journals like International Journal of Social sciences, Indian Anthropologist and Sage’s Social Change. She is currently holding the position of Secretary- cum- Treasurer in Indian Anthropological Association. She is also serving as the Resident Tutor of Northeastern Students’ House for Women (University of Delhi)and member of Governing Body of the Delhi University Library System, and Faculty of Science.
Email: agzhimo@anthro.du.ac.in



Naorem Kiranmala Devi (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Assistant professor
    Area of Interest
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Genome Diversity
  • Molecular Medical Genetics
  • Public Health
  • Demography

Prior to joining Department of Anthropology as an Assistant Professor in 2013, Dr. Kiranmala worked as a research officer in the INCLEN Trust International, New Delhi. She teaches papers on Paleoanthropology, Primate Biology, Biochemical Genetics, and Human origin and variation in addition to supervising students of M.Phil and PhD.
Email: kmaladevi@gmail.com



Vipin Gupta (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Assistant professor
    Area of Interest
  • Genomic and Epigenomic Epidemiology
  • Cardio-metabolic Traits
  • Public Health
  • Human Population Genetics
  • Molecular Anthropology


Dr. Vipin Gupta has studied anthropology from 1999-2004 for obtaining his bachelor and master degrees followed by doctoral work (2006-2009) which was awarded in 2010. Since 2013, he is working as Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, and trying to contribute in enhancing the scope of anthropology and public health in India. Since mid-2009, he is consistently involved in large scale research projects related to determination of genetic variants for cardiometabolic traits, using samples from “Indian Migration Study”. In collaboration with LSHTM, UK, he has established a large inter-generational cohort i.e. “Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study” (APCAPS), and also developed dry blood spot based large bio-bank during National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau Survey (2009-11) in collaboration with National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. He has also initiated “COPD genetics Consortium” in collaboration with leading Indian pulmonologists, funded by Department of Biotechnology, India. While working in Public Health Foundation of India (2009-13), New Delhi, he had developed their “Genetics and Biochemistry Laboratory” which is extensively being used for research in public health. He is involved in peer review activities of several international journals. He has conducted variety of anthropological fieldworks in different caste and tribal populations and has fair experience of running consortiums in India.
Email: drvipiing@gmail.com



Chakraverti Mahajan (M.Sc. Hons.)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Socio-cultural Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Anthropology of India

Mr. Chakraverti Mahajan was trained in social anthropology at Panjab University. His PhD thesis titled “Exploring the contours of Hindu- Muslim relations in Doda district, Jammu and Kashmir: an anthropological study” focuses on unravelling the complex dynamics of inter-religious identities and interactions amidst a political backdrop of violence and suspicion in Jammu and Kashmir. He has been teaching papers on Fundamentals of Social Anthropology, Theories of Society and Culture, Urban Anthropology, Criminology, Anthropology of India, Research Methods, and Reading of Ethnographies since 2011 and has joined the department as an assistant professor in 2013.
Email: cmahajan@anthro.du.ac.in



Mitashree Srivastava (M.Sc., D.Phil)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Religion and religious identities in South Asia
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Buddhist identity and related discourses
  • Ecology and Development


Dr. Mitashree Srivastava is an assistant professor of social anthropology. She was educated and trained in social anthropology at University of Allahabad. Her thesis explored the evolution of Bodh Gaya as a sacred complex focusing on the Study of religion emphasizing narrative and discourse analysis in relationship to constructions of religious identities in South Asian globalizing contexts. She has perennial interest in finding out the significance of trans-nationalization in shaping up experiences and interpretations of what constitutes "authentic" Buddhist identity / Collection, description, and analysis of Narrative histories and testimonials of becoming Buddhist in order to explore the relationship between religious experience and identity formation in 21st century South Asia. She currently teaches Anthropology of Religion, Politics and Economy, Human Ecology: Social -Cultural Dimensions, Ecological Anthropology, Anthropology of Development, Anthropology of Religion and Symbolism and Anthropological Theory, Psychological Anthropology.
Email: msrivastava@anthro.du.ac.in



Shivani Chandel (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Human growth and development
  • Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics
  • Physiology
  • Occupational Health


After completing her doctorate in anthropology from University of Delhi in 2012, Shivani Chandel joined the department as an assistant professor in 2013. She has recently completed a project titled “Occupational health of farm workers of Uttar Pradesh” funded by University of Delhi Research council. She teaches papers on Introduction to biological anthropology, biological diversity in Indian population, human ecology: biological dimensions, human growth and development, physiology, kinanthropometry and ergonomics and medical anthropology to Undergraduates and Postgraduates.
Email: vs.shivani@gmail.com



Meenal Dhall (M.Sc., Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Physiological Anthropology
  • Human growth and development
  • Public health and Epidemiology
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity

Dr. Meenal Dhall is presently an Assistant Professor in Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi. She did her doctoral degree in 2013 on pattern of physical activity and metabolic syndrome among adults of Delhi. She was University Teacher Assistant during her Phd in Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi. She has received post graduate diploma in public health nutrition from PHFI, Delhi in 2011. She has been actively working on public health problems especially obesity and cardio metabolic disease; nutritional status, physical activity and its related health outcome among different populations. She has seventeen international and national publications in this field.
Email: mdhall@anthro.du.ac.in



Moiranthem Kennedy Singh (M.Sc., M.Phil, Ph.D)
Assistant Professor
    Area of Interest
  • Development Anthropology
  • Microfinance & Microenterprise Generation in Development Intervention
  • Human Resource
  • Development
  • National Land Record Management Programmes
  • Action Research
  • Research Methodology
  • Anthropological Theories

Dr. M. Kennedy Singh was educated in Manipur University and University of Hyderabad. He has previously worked as a consultant faculty in National Institute for Micro Small and Medium Entreprise, Hyderabad, Govt. of India and faculty member in Centre for Rural Studies, NIAR, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration Massoorie before joining Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi as an assistant professor. He currently teaches papers on Research Methodology, Urban Anthropology, Anthropological theories of Society and Culture, Anthropological Theory, Reading of Ethnography, Indian Tribes, Psychological Anthropology, Material Culture.
Email: mknd2000@gmail.com