Humanities & Social Sciences
Visiting Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Vivek Bhandari is a historian with particular interests in issues of culture and power as these are manifest in the historical evolution of participatory politics, public culture, and democratic institutions more generally. After a decade as a faculty member at Hampshire College (where he also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke College), Vivek served as Director, and Professor of Social Science at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). In his role as director of IRMA, he worked closely with the cooperative sector, and in 2008-9 co-authored India’s first comprehensive analysis of Panchayati Raj institutions while also researching Maoist movements and contentious issues of land acquisition, and more generally, sustainable development. For the past decade, Vivek has served as chair of IFMR’s Internal Review Board. He has also taught courses at the National Institute of Design (NID), and for the Young India Fellowship Program (associated with Ashoka University). Vivek has a growing interest in issues of financial technology and rural livelihoods, and since 2017, has served as chairman and independent director of the Jio Payments Bank, a joint venture of the State Bank of India and Reliance Jio. At Krea, he looks forward to teaching courses that address issues of culture and power in South Asia; and how issues of surveillance capitalism are impacting the emergence of new publics and counterpublics.
Vivek is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, and the University of Pennsylvania from where he received an M.A. in South Asian Studies and Ph.D. in history.