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Anthropology Department Faculty

Llerena Searle

Llerena G. Searle

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies for Anthropology

PhD

443 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-8740
Llerena.searle@rochester.edu

Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Research Overview

Prof Searle’s research explores the social, cultural, and geographical changes that have accompanied globalization in South Asia and the ways in which capitalist practices shape urban space. Her first book, Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India, has just been published with the University of Chicago Press. The book explains the rapid growth of Indian cities and the proliferation of new malls, high-rises, and office parks across India by examining the practices and ideas of those who fund real estate projects. Prof Searle worked with international financiers and real estate developers to understand how they transform Indian buildings into legible assets available to international networks of speculative finance. Building on her interest in cultures of capitalism, urban space, and consumer practices, her next project will investigate domestic consumer culture to understand emerging ideals of class and gender in India’s new high-rises.

Selected Publications

Book

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Searle, Llerena Guiu. 2014. Conflict and commensuration: Contested market making in India’s private real estate development sector. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38(1): 60-79.
  • Searle, Llerena Guiu. 2013. “Conflict and commensuration: Contested market making in India’s private real estate development sector.” In Contesting the Indian city: Global visions and the politics of the local, editor Gavin Shaktin. Wiley-Blackwell, Studies in Urban Change.
  • Searle, Llerena Guiu. 2013. Constructing prestige and elaborating the ‘professional’: Elite residential complexes in the National Capital Region, India. Contributions to Indian Sociology 47(2): 271-302.
  • Nakassis, Constantine V. and Llerena Guiu Searle. 2013. Introduction: Constructing boundaries and negotiating status: Self-fashioning projects in post-liberalization India. Contributions to Indian Sociology 47(2): 169-83. 

Other Publications

  • Seminarist. 2008. Betting on growth. Seminar February (582): 51-6.

Teaching

  • Ant 121: The City: Contested Spaces
  • Ant 205: Theories & Debates in Anthropology: Personhood
  • Ant 268: Science, Culture, and Expertise

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Internal Junior Fellow, Humanities Center, University of Rochester, Spring 2017
  • American Institute of Indian Studies, Junior Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2007-2008
  • National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2006
  • American Institute of Indian Studies, Advanced Language Program Fellowship, 2004-2005