Leo is the author of the book A Moral Technology: Electrification and Political Ritual in New Delhi (Cornell University Press, 2017), a book about the cultural politics of electrification in India’s capital city, and the role of technological infrastructures in shaping contemporary political imaginations in India–imaginations of the state, and also at a local level, of urban interdependence and solidarity.
He is also the editor of the book Food: Ethnographic Encounters (Berg, 2011), and has published articles in American Ethnologist, Anthropological Quarterly, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review (see below, and his CV for full details) as well as review essays and criticism in various journals and edited collections (see Essays & Reviews). He writes about social experiences ranging from solitude to solidarity, and is especially interested in the rituals, collective imaginations, and aesthetics of political life in technological modernity.
Courses that Leo regularly teaches at Hunter College include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, History of Anthropological Theory, and seminars on various topics. In the past, he has taught Science and Technology Studies and graduate classes on Time and Technology, contemporary critical theory, and the anthropology of international politics.
A selection of Leo’s academic articles and book chapters:
On mobility and becoming in Delhi, with a critique of “ethnographic vitalism”;
from Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, part of a special issue on “Migrant Narratives and Ethnographic Tropes,” Susan Coutin and Erica Vogel, eds.
On Paul Rabinow’s work and the anthropology of the contemporary
from Anthropological Quarterly (2012)
“From Solidarity to Solitude in Urban Anthropology”
from Anthropological Quarterly (2009)
On the anthropology of the South Asian diaspora and transnational India
from A Companion to the Anthropology of South Asia, edited by Isabelle Clark-Deces (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
On countertransference and the ethnographic field encounter
from Being There, edited by John Borneman and Abdellah Hammoudi (University of California Press, 2009).