Bharat Venkat

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bharat Jayram Venkat was a postdoctoral research associate in the CHW from 2014-2016.  He is currently writing a book on the temporality of science and disease, based on ethnographic and historical research on tuberculosis and HIV in South India. This book will examine the diagnosis and cure of diseases in a milieu often characterized in terms of chronic conditions and microbial mutations. Bharat received his PhD in anthropology from the University of California Berkeley. He also received his MA in anthropology from Stanford University, where his research concerned the reshaping of health and sovereignty in India in the wake of massive philanthropic investments. His work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute for Indian Studies and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation. In addition to thinking about disease, he has been researching and writing about power cuts, 3-D printing, Indian vitalisms, techniques of corruption and carnivorousness.