Kaushik Sunder Rajan

Kaushik Sunder Rajan is Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, and Co-Director of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory.

Rajan is a life science anthropologist whose research is focused on the global political economy of biomedicine, with a comparative focus on the United States and India. His first project studied genomics and post-genomic drug development marketplaces in these two countries, and was published as the book Biocapital: The Constitution of Post-Genomic Life (Duke University Press, 2006).

His current research includes studies on global pharmaceutical clinical trials, changes in the pharmaceutical industry and access to medicines under World Trade Organization-mandated patent regimes and capacity building for translational research, all with a focus on the United States and India. He has published articles in Science As Culture, American Anthropologist, and New Left Review. A volume he edited, Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets, was published in 2012 by Duke University Press.

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