Anthropology of value
Globalization and development
Participatory and multimodal methods
Theory of social change
Arjun Shankar’s work brings together theories in globalization and development, literary and visual ethnography, affect theory, and curiosity studies. In his current book project, How Development Feels, Shankar analyzes the changing nature of development work in postliberalization India. His work at SP2 concerns the politics of curiosity: who can be curious, when, how, and why? He is co-editing (with Perry Zurn) a manuscript, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, to build the interdisciplinary field of curiosity studies.