Jeffrey Witsoe

Jeffrey Witsoe is a political anthropologist who studies caste empowerment and national politics in Bihar Province, in southern India. He has done research on the impact of globalization and state policies on rural economic development and on caste and ethnic conflict created by electoral politics in India. Jeffrey has a B.A. from University of California (Santa Cruz) and a Ph.D. from University of Cambridge.

Dramatic Change in India’s Poorest State

Recent changes in Bihar could be considered one of the most dramatic turn-arounds in modern Indian history. Bihar, a north Indian state of around 90 million people is  India’s poorest state, with a per capita income  one-third of the Indian average, has gone from being a state synonymous with corruption, lawlessness, dysfunctional governance and economic stagnation to a model of... Continue Reading

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