Anush Kapadia

Lecturer on Social Studies

Harvard University

Anush Kapadia is a Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University. After an A.B. (summa cum laude) in Political Science from Amherst College (2000), he took a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University (2009) where his dissertation looked at the evolving political economy of financial market construction in post-reform India. Most recently, he was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia, where he continued to do work on comparative financial systems, expanding his research to the postwar American financial system. He is currently working on three projects: first, a series of theoretical and historical papers on the institutional dynamics of money and banking domestically and internationally; second, a book project on transformations in Indian finance; and third, an examination of the foreign exchange market jointly with Perry Mehrling as part of the Global Finance and Law Initiative headed by Katharina Pistor. His long term project is to deploy the tools of classical political economy to understand the construction and breakdown of both contemporary and historical financial formations. This is conceived as a step to understanding how manifold social contests are expressed and contested through the conception, design, and construction of social institutions more generally.