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Hazel Johnstone MBE

Departmental Manager



Dr Kate Steward

Manager (Taught Programmes, Events)


Advisory Committee

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Suki Ali (Department of Sociology)

Sarah Ashwin (Department of Management) 

Shakuntala Banaji (Department of Media and Communications)

Cathy Campbell (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science)

Christine Chinkin (Centre for Women Peace & Security)

Lilie Chouliaraki (Department of Media and Communications) 

Ernestina Coast (Department of Social Policy) 

Sylvia Chant (Department of Geography and Environment) 

Denisa Kostovicova (Department of Government)

Nicola Lacey (Department of Law) 

Linda Mulcahy (Department of Law/PhD Academy) 

Anne Phillips (Department of Government)

Coretta Phillips (Department of Social Policy)

Hakan Seckinelgin (Department of Social Policy)

Alpa Shah (Department of Anthropology) 


Alpa Shah 


Alpa Shah is an LSE Associate Professor in Anthropology. She directs the Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty, exploring how and why India’s low castes remain at the bottom of the social and economic hierarchy despite economic growth. She is the author of ‘In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India’. She has published more than twenty-five essays and journal articles and has edited seven volumes on issues ranging from affirmative action, agrarian change, revolution in India and Nepal, emancipatory politics, the underbelly of the Indian boom, and Adivasi and Dalit political pathways. She has also scripted programmes and reported for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service.

Alpa iscurrently completing two books. The first is a co-authored book on social inequality exploring how neoliberal capitalism in India has expanded through entrenching the intersection between class, caste and gender. Over the next year Alpa will be working on a photo exhibition based on this book to be exhibited at the Brunei Gallery at SOAS in Autumn 2017 and on hosting young Tribal Scholars from India at the LSE. Her second book project is on the world’s longest standing armed revolutionary struggle - India’s Maoist inspired Naxalite movement –and is based on extensive long-term ethnographic field research in guerrilla strongholds. Alpa is delighted to have been invited to deliver her last keynote lecture in Ranchi city, the capital of Jharkhand where she has conducted years of fieldwork. It was entitled, ‘The Wonders of Adivasis: Emancipated Women, Feminist Men and the Threats to Gender Relations in Jharkhand’