Faculty Profile


Dr. Preeti Sampat



  • 2015 PhD., Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA 
  • Socio-cultural Anthropology    
  • 2001 M.A., SUNY Binghamton, USA
  • Socio-cultural Anthropology
  • 1995 B.A., Fergusson College, University of Poona, India 
  • Economics

Past Experience

  • 2015-2016: Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
  • 2013-2014: Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow, Hostos Community College, CUNY. 
  • 2008- 2010: Graduate Teaching Fellow, Baruch College, CUNY. 
  • 2007: Assistant Editor, Economic and Political Weekly, Mumbai, India. 
  • 2003- 2006: Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan, India. 
  • 2002-2003: Commissioned Author for ActionAid Asia, Bangkok, Thailand. 
  • 2001- 2002: Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Rajasthan, India. 
  • 1998-99: National Campaign for People's Right to Information, India. 

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • 2021-22 Urban Studies Foundation International Fellow at the Department of Geography, University of Manchester, UK.
  • 2021-22 with Andrés León Araya, Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Grant for book workshop on ‘Anthropology of Land,’ USA.
  • 2018-2019. Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative, The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. 
  • 2017-2018. Wenner-Gren Foundation Engaged Anthropology Grant, USA. 
  • 2015 Public Policy Scholarship at The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Chennai, India. 
  • 2013-14 Writing Across the Curriculum At-Large Fellowship at The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. 
  • 2013-14 Center for Place, Culture and Politics Dissertation Fellowship at The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. 
  • 2012-13 Center for Humanities Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship at The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. 
  • 2012-13 Land Deals Politics Initiative Small Grant, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. 
  • 2011-12 Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, USA. 
  • 2011-12 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, USA. 
  • 2009 CUNY Graduate Center Summer Pre-dissertation Research Grant, USA. 
  • 2007-12 Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship at The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA. 
  • 2004 Independent Research Fellow, Sarai, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. 



  • 2003. Economic Globalization Today.  Bangalore: Books for Change. 

Book Chapters: 

  • 2022. ‘Dholera: The Emperor’s New City.’ In Kennedy, L. and A. Sood (eds.) India's Greenfield Urban Future. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan Private Limited.
  • 2020. ‘Make in India: Hindu Nationalism, Global Capital and “Jobless Growth.”’ In Maskovsky, J. and S. Bjork-James (eds.) Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.
  • 2019. ‘Land-grabs and Dispossession in India: The Laws of Value.’ In Cullet, P. and S. Koonan (eds.) Research Handbook on Environment, Law and Poverty. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • 2018. 'India's Land Impasse: Infrastructure, Resistance and Rent.' Lawson, V. and S. Elwoood (eds.). Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, and Possibilities. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 
  • 2017. ‘Infrastructures of Growth, Corridors of Power: The Making of the Special Economic Zones Act 2005.’ Political Economy of Contemporary India.   In Motiram, S. and R. Nagaraj (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2005. with Nikhil Dey. ‘Bare Acts and Collective Explorations: The MKSS Experience with the Right to Information.’ Sarai Reader 2005.  Sarai: Delhi. 

 Research Papers: 

  • 2016. With Simi Sunny. 'Land-pooling for Dholera Smart City.' Socio-Legal Review. 12 (2): 1-17. 
  • 2016. 'Dholera: The Emperor's New City.' Economic and Political Weekly.  51(17): 59- 67. 
  • 2016. 'India's Land Impasse.' SEMINAR. 682: 48-52.
  • 2015. ‘The Goan Impasse: Land Rights and Resistance to SEZs in Goa.’  Journal of  Peasant Studies. 42(3): 765-90. 
  • 2013. ‘The Goan Impasse: Land Rights and Resistance to SEZs in Goa.’ LDPI Working Paper Series.  Available at http://www.iss.nl/research/networks_and_projects/land_deal_politics_ldpi/
  • 2013. ‘Limits to Absolute Power: Eminent Domain and the Right to Land in India.’ Economic and Political Weekly. 48(19): 40-52. 
  • 2012. With Sujith Koonan. ‘Delhi Water Supply Reforms: Public-Private Partnerships or Privatisation?’ Economic and Political Weekly.  47(17): 32-9. 
  • 2010. ‘Special Economic Zones in India: Reconfiguring Displacement in a Neoliberal Order?’ City and Society. 22(2): 166-82. 
  • 2008. ‘Special Economic Zones in India.’ Economic and Political Weekly.  43(28): 25- 9. 
  • 2007. ‘‘Swa’-jal-dhara or ‘Pay’-jal-dhara—Sector Reform and the Right to Drinking Water in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.’  Law, Environment and Development Journal.  3(2): 103-25. 
  • 2007. ‘Swajaldhara or “Pay”-jal-dhara: Right to Drinking Water in Rajasthan.’ Economic and Political Weekly.  42(52): 102-10. 
  • 2007. ‘In Search of the ‘Un’common Woman in Laxman’s Cartoons.’ Economic and  Political Weekly. 42(6): 484-6. 

Book Reviews: 

  • 2020. [Review of The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai, by M. Finkelstein].  American Ethnologist. DOI: 10.1111/amet.12952]
  • 2018. [Review of On Pauperism in Present and Past,  by J. Breman]. Contributions to Indian Sociology. 52(1): 102-105. 
  • 2014. ‘On the Land Question in 21st Century India.’ [Review of The Price of Land: Acquisition Conflict Consequence, by S. Chakravorty]. Economic and Political Weekly.  49(10): 30-3. 


  • 2015. Dholera Smart City: Urban Infrastructure or Rentier Growth? Policy Report No. 13. Chennai: The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy. 
  • 2001. with Vimal Bhai.  Testimonies from the Ground: A Report on the Tehri Dam. Delhi: South Asia Network on Dams Rivers and People. 
  • 1998. with S. Parasuraman et. al.  Socio-Economic Effects of the Maheshwar Hydro- Electric Project on River Narmada. Mumbai: TISS. 


Newspaper and Magazine Articles: 

  • 2022. ‘Protests Over Land Mount Against Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway.’ The Wire. February 5.
  • 2017. 'This Land is Their Land.' The Hindu. January 31. 
  • 2015. Why Dholera's Farmers are Resisting Giving Up Their Land for a Shining, Smart City.' The Wire.  December 18. 
  • 2015. ‘Revisiting the SEZ Story.’ The Hindu Businessline Ink. April 11. 
  • 2015. ‘Growth for few, Loss for Many.’ The Hindu. March 28. 
  • 2015. ‘Kiske Aayenge Acche Din? [Good Days for Whom?]’ Rashtriya Sahara Hastkshep.  February 28. 
  • 2013. ‘A Historic Act Replaced.’ Yojana.  November. 
  • 2008. ‘The Discourse on Displacement and Development.’ Newsletter of the Society for Applied Anthropology.  19(3): 14-5.