About this Fellow
Fuller’s first fieldwork (1971-2) was in Kerala, southwest India, among the Nayars and Syrian Christians. From 1976 to 2001, Fuller undertook field research in the great temple of Madurai in Tamilnadu, southeast India, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Minakshi, mainly to study the priests and the temple's elaborate ritual cycle., With Haripriya Narasimhan, Fuller carried out research on middle-class company managers and software professionals in the city of Chennai (Madras) in 2003-5, followed by research on a group of Tamil Brahmans in 2005-8, which focused on this traditional elite's modern transformation into a migratory, urbanised, trans-national community. Fuller has also researched and written extensively on popular Hinduism and Hindu nationalism, the caste system, the anthropology of the state and other topics. His current research is on the history of the anthropology of India in the colonial period. Publications Servants of the goddess: the priests of a south Indian temple, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984 The renewal of the priesthood: modernity and traditionalism in a south Indian temple, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003 The camphor flame: popular Hinduism and society in India, Princeton: Princeton University Press, (revised and expanded edition, with an Afterword) 2004 Tamil Brahmans: the making of a middle-class caste, with Haripriya Narasimhan, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014 ‘Anthropologists and Viceroys: Colonial Knowledge and Policy Making in India, 1871-1911’, Modern Asian Studies 50 (1), 2016, pp. 217-58
- Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science
- Lecturer in Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1979 - 1987
- Reader in Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1987 - 1994
- Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 1994 - 2009
- Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, 1974
- Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science University of London, 2009
Social anthropology: thematic interests in comparative analysis of political life, power relations, social movements, the state, political economy, migration, conflict and security; regional specialisation in Latin American societies and history
The representation and analysis of phenomena distributed in space and time, especially the space of the Earth's surface; the application of geographic information systems to research in the social sciences and humanities.
The ethnology of Amazonian Indians, especially of their use and perception of the environment; the comparative anthropology of the relations between nature and society
Environmental governance: relations between land use planning, environment & sustainability; policy processes in modern democracies, especially the role of knowledge, ideas & advice in policy formation & change.