George Kunnath is a social anthropologist. His work focuses on the everyday world of Dalit and Adivasi communities living amidst India’s Maoist insurgency and counterinsurgency; caste and class relations; relationality of poverty, conflict and development; and research ethics. Currently he is engaged in a comparative research on conflict and peace in India and Colombia. Kunnath received his PhD from SOAS University of London (2008), and held research fellowships at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2008 to 2011), Wolfson College, Oxford (2013 to 2019), and Asia Culture Centre in South Korea (2019). As Departmental Lecturer (2012 to 2017) at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (now Oxford School of Global and Area Studies), University of Oxford, Kunnath taught Anthropology of India and Research Methods courses for the MSc in Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme. He has also taught courses in Social Anthropology, Social Theory, and Anthropology of South Asia at SOAS and Goldsmiths College.
George Kunnath has published his research in Current Anthropology, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Dialectical Anthropology, among others. His book Rebels from the Mud Houses: Dalits and the Making of the Maoist Revolution in Bihar (Social Science Press 2012, and Routledge 2017) discusses Dalit resistance, Maoist movement, caste and class relations, and agrarian violence in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.