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Alpa Shah is author of Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas, shortlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing and the New India Foundation Book Prize. She is also the author of ‘In the Shadows of the State’ and co-author of ‘Ground Down by Growth.’

Alpa has reported for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service on several occasions, including presenting and recording the radio documentary ‘India’s Red Belt’ for Crossing Continents. She has also co-curated a major photo exhibition, ‘Behind the Indian Boom’.

Much of Alpa’s writing is based on long-term ethnographic research living as a participant observer among the communities she writes about. Her research has been generously supported by awards from the EU European Research Council, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Alpa was raised in Nairobi, read Geography at Cambridge and completed her PhD in Anthropology at the LSE, where she now teaches.

A full list of Alpa Shah’s academic publications can be found here.

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