I specialize in anthropological and historical research of South Asia, with an emphasis on caste and religion; democratization and social change; and south Asian paths of development. Recently, I am interested in the global flow and development of modern religio-political thoughts that went around between India, Europe, America and Japan.
1988 Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Tokyo
1990 Master of Arts (MA) in Cultural Anthropology from University of Tokyo
1990-1993 Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology from University of Tokyo
2006 Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from University of Tokyo
November 1993 – March 1998, Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
April 1998 – September 2004, Associate Professor at the Department of South and West Asian Area Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University
Oct 2004 – March 2009, Associate Professor at Institute for Research in Humanities, and Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University
April 2009 – March 2016, Professor at the Department of Sustainable Humanosphere and South Asian Area Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University
April 2010 – March 2016, Director, the Center for the Study of Contemporary India, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS), Kyoto University
April 2016 – present, Professor at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
April 2017 – present, Concurrent Professor, Uehiro Project for the Asian Research Library
Human and International Security in India (co-edited with C. Bates and M. Mio), London: Routledge, 2015, 189 p.
The Challenges of a Diverse Society. Contemporary India Vol.1 (in Japanese, co-edited with Kaoru Sugihara, Kohei Wakimura), Tokyo: The University of Tokyo Press, 2015.
Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India, (co-edited with Taberez Ahmed Neyazi and Shinya Ishizaka), London: Routledge, 2014.
The Tropical Humanosphere in Global History: Beyond the Temperate Paradigm (in Japanese, co-edited with Kaoru Sugihara, Kohei Wakimura and Koichi Fujita), Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2012.
Geosphere, Biosphere, Human Society: In Search of Sustainable Humanosphere (in Japanese, co-edited with Kaoru Sugihara, Shuichi Kawai and Yasuyuki Kono), Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2010.
Caste and Equality: Historical Anthropology of Local Society and Vernacular Democracy in India (in Japanese), Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2010.
For the Study of South Asian Societies (in Japanese, co-edited with Masakazu Tanaka), Kyoto: Sekaishisosha, 2010.
The State in India: Past and Present (co-edited with Masaaki Kimura), New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006. Introduced and contributed a chapter “Early Modernity and Colonial Transformation: Rethinking the Role of the King in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Orissa”.
Dislocating Nation-States: Globalization in Asia and Africa (co-edited with P.N. Abinales and N. Ishikawa), Kyoto and Melbourne: Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press, 2005. Introduced and concluded (with P.N. Abinales and N. Ishikawa).
Gender and Modernity: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific (co-edited with Y. Hayami and Y. Tokita-Tanabe), Kyoto and Melbourne: Kyoto University Press and Trans Pacific Press, 2003. Introduced (with Y. Tokita-Tanabe, pp. 1-16) and contributed a chapter “Power, Culture and Masculinity in (Post-)Colonial Orissa, India” (pp. 61-86).