Mathangi Krishnamoorthy



Assistant Professor
Room No.: 339A
Phone : +91 (44) 2257 4530
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Academic Background:

  • Andrew W.Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities and Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 2010-2012
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2012
  • Doctoral Dissertation: 1-800 Worlds: Embodiment and experience in the Indian call center economy
  • M.A., Anthropology, Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • Masters in Communications (PGDC), Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, India, 2001
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), University of Pune, India

Areas of Interest:

  • Anthropology of Work, Globalization, Virtuality, Affective labor, Gender and Work, Media studies, South Asia



  • 2012 1-800 Worlds: The Making of Indian Middle-classness (Under review)


  • 2011 Furtive tongues: Examining the language politics of Indian call center workers. In Chutnefying English: The Cultural Politics of Hinglish. In Snell, Rupert and Rita Kothari (eds.); pp. 82-97. Penguin: India.
  • 2009 1-800 Worlds: Embodiment and Experience in the Indian Call Center Economy. In Section News, Society for the Anthropology of Work, Angela Jancius (ed.). Anthropology News; 50(5), pp.42-63.
  • 2005 Rebels or Resources: A Study of Identity Management in Indian Call Centers. Anthropology of Work Review; 25 (3-4), pp. 9-18.

Book Reviews:

  • 2011 Appropriately Indian: Gender and Culture in a New Transnational Class. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011. Anthropology of Work Review, September 2011, 32(2), pp. 117-119.
  • 2009 Living Our Religions: Hindu and Muslim South Asian American Women Narrate Their Experience. Narayan, Anjana and Bandana Purkayastha (eds.). Virginia: Kumarian Press, 2009. Journal of South Asian Diaspora, September 2009, 1(2), pp. 193-95.
  • 2008 Global “Body Shopping”: An Indian Labor System in the Information Technology Industry. Biao, Xiang. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. American Ethnologist, August 2008, 35(3), pp. 3017-3021.
  • 2005 The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City. Wilson, Ara. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. Anthropology of Work Review, Fall 2005; 26(2), pp. 38-40.

Filed Research and Support:

Fieldwork Experience:

  • 2004-08 Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore; India

Fieldwork Support:

  • 2004-05 Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, UT Austin
  • 2005-06 Meyerson Research Grant; South Asia Institute, UT Austin
  • 2006-07 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant
  • 2007-08 American Association of University Women International Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2010-2012 Andrew W.Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

Teaching Experience:

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras
    • Spring 2012:  Feminism: Concepts and Theories, Urban Studies and Development
  • The University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Fall 2011:Hypermodern Cities
    • Spring 2011 and 2012: How We Became Global: Narratives and Theories
    • Fall 2010: Globalization and Work in Modern South Asia
  • The University of Texas at Austin (Assistant Instructor):
    • Fall 2009 and Spring 2008: Introduction to India
  • The University of Texas at Austin (Teaching Assistant):
    • Fall 2009: Expressive Culture
    • Spring 2008: Introduction to Cultural Studies

Selected Panel Presentations and Lectures:

Panel Presentations:

  • 2011 How to do things with Bits and Bytes,
    Media Morphologies: Infrastructures and Technologies in Art, Cinema and Popular Culture, September 1-2 2011, De Nieuwe Oogst Rotterdam.
  • 2011 The Management of Sleep,
    Panel – The Laboring Body in the Global Economy,
    Association for Asian Studies and International Convention for Asia Scholars Joint Conference, March 31-April 3, 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2010 Waking Life/Working Life: The Sleepless Subjects of the Indian Call Center,
    Panel – A World of Manners,
    Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Nov 17-21, 2010, New Orleans, LA.
  • 2009 We are family: Relocating kinship in the Indian call center,
    Panel Organizer – The fictions of kinship: Relatedness, mobility and global capital,
    Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Dec 2-6, 2009, Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2009 Furtive tongues: Examining the language politics of Indian call center workers,
    Chutnefying English. Interdisciplinary conference on language usage in urban India;
    January 10-11, 2009; Mumbai, India; Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad.
  • 2008 Just another job: Flexibility and transnationality in the Indian call center economy,
    Panel Organizer and Chair – People in motion, things in motion: Tales of transnational work,
    Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Nov 19-23, 2008, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2007 Tales of Wayward Subjects: Understanding attrition in the Indian call center economy,
    Third Workshop of Young Scholars from the Global South, November 4-9, 2007,
    Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva.
  • 2004 Outsourced Identities – The Fragmentations of the Cross-Border Economy Society for the Anthropology of Work Annual Meeting, Nov 17-21, 2004, San Francisco, CA

Invited Lectures:

  • 2011 How to do things with bits and bytes
    The Institute for Research in the Humanities, The University of Wisconsin-Madison; October 31, 2011
  • 2011 Waking Life/ Working Life: The Sleepless Subjects of the Indian Call Center Economy,
    Center for South Asia Studies, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 5, 2010
  • 2008 Trespassers will be recruited: Recruitment and Reluctance in the Indian call center economy,
    Cultural Studies Colloquium. Dept. of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, October 27, 2008.
  • 2008 New Technologies, Old Divides: The political economy of technology and outsourcing,
    CSL Colloquium. Palo Alto Research Center, September 25, 2008.

Selected Awards:

  • 2016 IIT Madras Young Faculty Recognition Award.
  • 2009 Andrew Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship – alternate.
  • 2008 University Endowed Dissertation Writing Fellowship; UT Austin.
  • 2007 Professional Development Awards; Office of Graduate Studies, UT Austin.
  • 2003-04 University Pre-Emptive Fellowship; UT Austin.

Professional Experience:

  • Jan – May 2009 Graduate Research Assistant, Hindi Urdu Flagship Institute, UT Austin
    • Grant writing
    • Recruitment and communication strategy
    • Research projects on pedagogy for language teaching
  • Jan – Apr 2007 Communications Trainer, Wipro BPO; Pune, India
    • Communications and cultural training for call center agents
    • New business development
  • Jul 2005 – Aug 2006 Research Associate, South Asia Institute, The University of Texas at Austin
    • Grant writer – Title VI Federal Grant for South Asia
    • Primary faculty liaison and organizer for symposia, conferences and lectures
  • Jun 2001 – Mar 2004 Communications Consultant and Project Manager, Elephant Design Pvt. Ltd, Pune, India
    • New Business Development and Corporate Communication


  • Native Fluency: English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati

Professional Membership:

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology
  • Society for the Anthropology of Work

Professional Service:

  • Manuscript Reviewer
    Anthropology of Work Review
    Intersections; Women’s and Gender Studies, UT Austin
    Text, Practice and Performance; Dept. of Anthropology, UT Austin

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