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Malvika Maheshwari

Ashoka University

Malvika Maheshwari is assistant professor of political science at
Ashoka University. She holds degrees in the discipline from Delhi
University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and completed her doctorate
from Sciences Po, Paris, in 2011. Prior to joining Ashoka, she taught
South Asian politics at Sciences Po (Paris & Le Havre), and was
research associate at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

Her research lies at the intersection of political thought and art
practice, especially as it relates to phenomena like violence, power,
democracy and state capacity. Her articles have been published in
journals Raisons Politiques, Studies in Indian Politics, Economic and
Political Weekly, The Arts Politic among others. Malvika’s first book,
Art Attacks: Violence and Offence-taking India was published in 2019
(Oxford University Press). As a Charles Wallace India Trust fellow,
she will be in Cambridge University later this year (2022), working on
her second book project on the National Akademies of Art and the
Making of India’s Democracy: The Politics of Administering Aesthetics
in Postcolonial India, partially funded by the Global Humanities
Initiative travel grant.