Leo is the author of the book A Moral Technology: Electrification and Political Ritual in New Delhi (Cornell University Press, 2017).
This book is 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. Drawing on both historical and ethnographic case-studies, this book examines colonial electrical installations in Delhi, nationalist legislation for nationwide electrification, and electricity privatization and neighborhood political organization in the early 2000s.
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 CV) as well as review essays and criticism in various journals and edited collections. 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.
Here are a few of the edited volumes in which Leo has published essays or reviews–see CV for details and Articles & Chapters for selected essays available for download. Go to Essays & Reviews for links to some other current writing.