Ms. Hoda Bandeh-Ahmadi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of California (UC), Berkeley in 2005. She has previously conducted research on a variety of topics including the history of anthropology at UC Berkeley, the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association, U.S. presidential campaign mail, rent control and the solar energy industry in California. Support from the American Institute of Indian Studies, a Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, and a Margaret Wray French Fund grant have allowed Ms. Bandeh-Ahmadi to spend time in India for Hindi and Urdu language study and to visit Indian academic institutions in preparation for her dissertation research.
Ms. Bandeh-Ahmadi’s Fulbright project, “Anthropology/Sociology in India,” will explore the different material conditions, institutional contexts and social relations structuring professional forms of anthropology. Through ethnographic fieldwork and archival research on anthropology and sociology departments in India after independence, Ms. Bandeh-Ahmadi will investigate how ethnographic theory develops and is passed on through generations.