Pinky Hota

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Pinky Hota

Contact & Office Hours

Dewey Hall 214



Ph.D., M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., University of Delhi


Pinky Hota is a political and legal anthropologist with research interests in indigeneity, religious politics and right wing populism, minority recognition and citizenship, as well as environment and extraction, especially in contemporary India. She is committed to a feminist public anthropology that demonstrates the strengths of using an anthropological lens to understand contemporary phenomena, both for students and a wider public.

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For her second project, Hota hopes to examine the negotiations between tribal groups, the Indian state and mining companies to examine the synergies and contradictions between indigenous, environmental and extractive claims and futures.

Hota serves as a faculty member for Smith's South Asia Concentration and participates in Smith’s Program for the Study of Women and Gender.