Department of Anthropology and the College
Kaushik Sunder 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 by Duke University Press in 2006.
Sunder Rajan’s 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 is editing, Lively Capital: Biotechnologies, Ethics, and Governance in Global Markets, is forthcoming from Duke University Press.
Sunder Rajan was honored with a long-term research fellowship from the American Institute for Indian Studies to conduct fieldwork in India for “Experimental Values: Global Clinical Trials in India.” He earned his PhD in history and social studies of science and technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002, his MSc in biochemistry from Oxford University in 1997, and his BSc in human biology from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1994.
Sunder Rajan joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.