Arjun Appadurai

Appadurai during a lecture in March 2009 Arjun Appadurai (born 1949) is an Indian-American anthropologist recognized as a major theorist in globalization studies. In his anthropological work, he discusses the importance of the modernity of nation-states and globalization. He is the former University of Chicago professor of anthropology and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, Humanities Dean of the University of Chicago, director of the city center and globalization at Yale University, and the Education and Human Development Studies professor at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture.

Some of his most important works include ''Worship and Conflict under Colonial Rule'' (1981), ''Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy'' (1990), of which an expanded version is found in ''Modernity at Large'' (1996), and ''Fear of Small Numbers'' (2006). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.

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