About the Author

Dr. Amit S. Rai works at Queen Mary, University of London and has been Visiting Faculty at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, and the Dutch Art Institute. He has taught at Lorton Maximum Security Prison, the New School for Social Research, and the Florida State University,

At one point, he was associate professor of film, media, Victorian, and postcolonial studies (FSU); he is now “once and future” convener of the MA in Creative Industries and Arts Organisation (QMUL). He received his PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University in 1995 where he began writing what would become Rule of Sympathy: Race, Sentiment, and Power (Palgrave: 2002). He has written on Indian masculinity in film, anthropologies of monstrosity, sympathetic discursive relations, and the swerves of media (clinamedia). His study of new media in India, entitled Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India’s New Media Assemblage was published by Duke University Press in May of 2009; http://www.facebook.com/pages/Untimely-Bollywood/93388181017. His research in India on a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship analyzing forms of gender and caste power, capitalist valorization, and mobile phone networks in urban areas, forms the basis of Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking in India (Duke University Press). Rai was born in Bhopal, India, and grew up in New York, Boston, Laguna Beach, Washington DC, and San Francisco. He lives in London.