Devika Bordia received her PhD in Anthropology from Yale University and has subsequently taught at Trinity College, Hartford (2009-2010), and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris(2010-2011), the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi (2012), and the Center for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany (2012-2015).
Devika is working on a book manuscript on law, politics, and ethics among Bhil and Girassia “tribals” in Southern Rajasthan. Based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research, this project examines the formations and negotiations of marginality through the lens of the politics of legal pluralism and the ethics of tribal leadership. Her second project focuses on the effects of army employment on religion and politics in Rajasthan and Haryana. A component of this project involves examining how military cultures and local practices of honouring heroes and martyrs, informs ethical self-making, caste belonging and inter-caste engagement, and modes of political protest.