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Dr Assa Doron

BA (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), MA (prelim.), PhD (La Trobe)
Senior Fellow, Anthropology, ARC Future Fellow 2012-2016, School of Culture, History & Language
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Anthropology Of Development 160101
  • Communications Technologies 1005

Research interests

The anthropology of contemporary India, and South Asia; development studies and contemporary health practices; urbanization; modernity, and identity politics; religion; ethnographic practice, new media, waste and recycling.


Assa Doron joined ANU in August 2007. He obtained his BA in History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and PhD in social anthropology from La Trobe University, Melbourne. He recently completed a co-authored book with Robin Jeffrey on mobile phones in India, titled, The Great Indian Phone Book (Harvard UP/C. Hurst, 2013), and published in India under the title Cellphone Nation: how the mass mobile changes business, politics and daily life.

Career highlights

2008 - Awarded Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship 

2012 - Awarded Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

2013 – Awarded Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASAA) Early Career Research Prize



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