Leo Coleman

Leo Coleman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College in New York City, and the author of the forthcoming book, A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi (find out more here). He writes about technology and politics in urban experience, law, food and culture, and the history of anthropology. He is the editor of Food: Ethnographic Encounters (Berg, 2011), and a number of articles in Anthropological Quarterly, American Ethnologist, and other venues, as well a book reviews in Somatosphere and The Wall Street Journal.

A Connecticut native, he was educated at the University of St Andrews and Princeton University, and previously taught in the Department of Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. His research has included fieldwork in Delhi, India (2005-2006), ongoing fieldwork in Scotland, and multiple spells in libraries and archives from Calcutta to Chicago.

Lately, he’s been thinking about object-relations and politics, as well as legal and aesthetic formalism as an interpretive method, and how it might help us draw constitutional and legal limits to both executive power and nativist populism.