St John's College Oxford
Dr Dalel Benbabaali

Dr Dalel Benbabaali

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Area Studies


I joined St John's College in 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on India at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford. Before that, I had a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics. I received my PhD in Social Geography from the University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre and graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Research Interests

I am interested in the social and spatial organisation of various Indian communities (from dominant castes to tribal groups), their relation to power and territory. My current research in South India focuses on issues of development, accumulation, dispossession, conflict and displacement. I also look at the way indigenous people try to maintain their autonomy vis-à-vis the State.