Ravina Aggarwal is the Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi office from 2007-2015, where she was responsible for strategic planning and grant-making for programs on development, social justice and public policy, with a focus on the fields of education, media and technology, urban development, and arts and culture.
Dr. Aggarwal’s work in the philanthropy sector followed a long career as a sociocultural anthropologist. After receiving her doctoral degree from Indiana University in 1994, she joined the Department of Anthropology at Smith College, where she became a tenured faculty member and also served in the Women’s Studies Program. Her research was based on extensive fieldwork in the Himalayan region of Ladakh in South Asia and her areas of study and teaching included anthropology, nationalism, peace-building, cultural studies, gender, and development.
She is the author of several publications including Beyond Lines of Control: Performing the Border in Ladakh, India (Duke University Press, 2004), co-founder of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, and a founding trustee of Ladakh Arts and Media Organization, a non-profit society.