Bhrigupati Singh is an associate professor of anthropology and sociology at Ashoka University (India) and a visiting associate professor of psychiatry with the Carney Institute for Brain Science, Brown University. His book Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India (University of Chicago Press, 2015) was awarded book prizes by the American Institute of Indian Studies and the American Academy of Religion. He is an editor of The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy (Duke University Press, 2014) and series co-editor of Thinking from Elsewhere (Fordham University Press). He is currently working on an anthropological monograph on mental illness and health in India, based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork at the Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS (Delhi).
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