Graduate Students

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  • Thomas Crowley
  • Advisor: D. Asher Ghertner
  • Degree: Ph.D.
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room B-245
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  • Research Interests: urban geography, political economy, political ecology, India, caste



My current research focuses on processes of urbanization, industrialization and socioeconomic change in small-town India. Specifically, my proposed PhD research focuses on the town of Mahad, Maharashtra in western India. Probably best known for its role in the anti-caste struggle (particularly as the site of two major protests by the pioneering anti-caste leader Dr. B.R. Ambedkar), Mahad has—since the 1980s—also been the site of an industrial area supported by the state government. Struggles over water have played key parts of Mahad's anti-caste histories, as well as its industrial development. My research thus seeks to ask: how have caste-based assertions intersected with struggles over the commons to produce ideological and material disputes over water and pollution in one of India’s most rapidly transforming regions?

I write for a number of popular magazines, including Jacobin. My book Fractured Forest, Quartzite City: A History of Delhi and its Ridge, based on research I conducted in India’s capital from 2010-2017, is forthcoming from Yoda Press/SAGE Select.

Previous Degrees:

  • B.A., Yale University

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