About

Khandekar ProfileImage Aug2011I am an interdisciplinary social scientist with expertise in the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and South Asian Studies, with an overarching research interest in understanding the relationship between science, technology, and culture under contemporary conditions of globalization. My research projects so far have focused on contemporary (i.e. post-liberalization) India and its articulations with the dynamics of globalization, with a particular emphasis on the role of science and technology in these ongoing re-configurations.  My upcoming book tracks how and why Indian engineers have migrated to the United States; concurrently, I have also built a collection of essays on emergent middle-class sensibilities in India. My research thus far has been funded by organizations such as the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO; the national science funding agency of the Netherlands), and the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Currently, I am based at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) at Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands. At FASoS, I am affiliated with the Maastricht University Science, Technology, and Society Studies (MUSTS)¬†research group. Among other things, I am currently affiliated with the NWO-funded “Nanotechnologies for Development in India, Kenya, and the Netherlands: Towards a Framework for Democratic Governance of Risks in Developing Countries” research project led by Wiebe E. Bijker. I am also currently organizing an NWO-ICSSR funded international interdisciplinary research network, “Publics, Politics, and Technoscience in Contemporary Indian Contexts,” that hones in on the role of technoscience in ongoing re-articulations of culture, state, and society in post-liberalization India. My major teaching responsibilities at FASoS include the coordination of the undergraduate minor program, “A Non-European Modernity: India in a Globalizing World.”

I received my Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA) in August 2010. Prior to that, I have received a B.E. (University of Mumbai, 2002) and an M.S. (Pennsylvania State University, 2004) in Electrical Engineering.

My latest CV is available here.