Garima Dhabhai

Academic Year: 
To Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Research Interest: 
The politics of urban space in contemporary Jaipur

Garima Dhabhai is a fourth year doctoral student at the Centre for Political Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research aims at understanding the interface between old city forms and new templates of urbanization in the contemporary Indian context. Focusing intensively on the city of Jaipur, her work seeks to unravel the political and cultural dynamics of heritage and tourism industry there, while investigating the ways in which it shapes urban space. Along with this focus on urban heritage, the work also looks at public art and beautification projects in Jaipur. In addition to her research, Garima has taught courses on contemporary Indian politics and society, international politics and globalization in several colleges of Delhi University. She has also organized heritage walks in the walled city of Jaipur, and has been documenting various festivals and local performative traditions there. At Yale, she looks forward to exploring the rich South Asia collection, with a specific focus on the visual archives of Asian art and architecture and the British art collections at the Yale Centre for British Art.

Policy Brief: “Heritage in Indian Urban Planning.”