Dr Sohini Kar

Dr Sohini Kar

Assistant Professor

Department of International Development

Bengali, English, Japanese
Key Expertise
Economic anthropology, Financialization, Microfinance, Debt, Poverty

About me

Sohini Kar is a socio-cultural anthropologist focusing on economic anthropology of South Asia. In particular, she looks at the impact of increasing financialization on poverty and development programs. Her book, Financializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance from Stanford University Press ethnographically examines how the emergence of commercial microfinance has allowed financial institutions in the city of Kolkata, India, to capitalize on the poverty of its residents. In addition to her work on microfinance, she has written about women in finance, and on India’s financial inclusion policy, and its relation to social welfare programmes. She is currently working on financial activism and its impact on development goals.

Prior to joining LSE, Dr Kar held a postdoctoral position as Harvard College Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University between 2013-14. She holds an MA and PhD in Anthropology from Brown University, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics and French from Columbia University.

Expertise Details

Economic anthropology; Anthropology of finance; Microfinance; Debt; Bottom of the pyramid; Social entrepreneurship; Gender; Ethnographic methods; South Asia; particularly urban India