Harris Solomon
  • Harris Solomon

  • Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Global Health
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • 201H Friedl Building
  • Campus Box 90091
  • Phone: 919-613-4452
  • Fax: 919-681-8483
  • Research Description

    I am interested in connections between the body and its environments in urban India.  

    My first book, Metabolic Living, is forthcoming with Duke University Press. As India becomes increasingly portrayed as the site of a shift from infectious to chronic disease burdens said to accompany economic development, my research explores the phenomenon of metabolism as an ethnographic, biomedical, and political rubric. With India's rising rates of obesity and diabetes as its backdrop, Metabolic Living examines relationships forged between food, fat, the body, and the city of Mumbai. The book draws on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in Mumbai's home kitchens, metabolic disorder clinics, and food companies, to better understand what have been termed India's "diseases of prosperity." 

    My current research project continues my interest in recursive body-city relations in Mumbai. It is an ethnographic study of road and railway injuries and of trauma surgery, with an aim to understand traffic as an embodied aspect of city life. 

    My earlier projects have examined the development of corporatized medical care in Indian cities and its manifestation as medical tourism, and the politics of language in India's HIV treatment clinical trials. 

    I situate both my research and teaching at the interdisciplinary intersections of medical anthropology, South Asian studies, science and technology studies, global health, and food studies. Prior to anthropology, I studied linguistics and global public health, and worked on reproductive health and HIV policy. 


  • Recent Publications

      • H. Solomon.
      • (February, 2015).
      • The Taste No Chef Can Give: Processing Street Food in Mumbai.
      • Cultural Anthropology
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      • H. Solomon.
      • (2016).
      • Metabolic Living: Food, Fat, and the Absorption of Illness in India.
      • Duke University Press.
      • H. Solomon.
      • (2014).
      • Short Cuts: Metabolic Surgery and Gut Attachments in India.
      • Social Text
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      • 69-86.
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      • H. Solomon.
      • (2013).
      • Taste Tests: Pizza and the Gastropolitical Laboratory in Mumbai.
      • Ethnos
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      • H. Solomon.
      • (2012).
      • Review of "Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism".
      • Global Public Health
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      • 911-913.
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  • Specialties

    • Cultural Anthropology
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • Anthropology,
      • Brown University,
      • 2011
      • MA,
      • Anthropology,
      • Brown University,
      • 2007
      • MPH,
      • Global Health,
      • Emory University,
      • 2002
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