Ananya Vajpeyi is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi. She has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, in the history department at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Most recently she was a Visiting Professor in South Asian and North African Studies at the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari (Spring 2014). Vajpeyi is currently a Global Ethics Fellow with the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs (2014-2017). She works at the intersection of intellectual history, political theory and critical philology. She is currently writing two books: one, a history of caste categories in India from pre-colonial to modern times, and the other, her long-term project, a life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891-1956). Her first book Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern India was named book of the year 2012 by the Guardian and the New Republic. Vajpeyi writes regularly for The Hindu newspaper and guest-edits an issue of Seminar magazine annually. Recent publications include an op-ed in The New York Times, an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books and an interview on www.foreignaffairs.com with the Editor of Foreign Affairs, Gideon Rose.