Raile R. Ziipao

Assistant Professor
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    • Post-Doc (2018): Harvard University, USA

    • Ph.D. (2017): Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    • M. Phil (2013): Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    • MA (2011): Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

    • BA (2009): Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur

      • Assistant Professor: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (January 2021- )

      • Assistant Professor: Department of Sociology, Central University of Punjab (February 2020 -January 2021)

      • Assistant Professor: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati Off Campus, Nagaland (July 2019 – January 2020)

      • Raghunathan Family Fellow (South Asia Fellow): Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University (August 2017 -June 2018)

      Research Interests: 
        • Socio-anthropology of infrastructure

        • Tribal/Indigenous studies

        • Northeast India Studies

        • Border towns, small towns and tribal towns

        • Infrastructural deficit areas (Himalayan/Highlanders, Chotanagpur and Islands

        Courses Taught: 
          • Indian Society: Structures and Processes (Central University of Punjab)

          • Sociological Concepts (Central University of Punjab)

          • Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies (Central University of Punjab)

          • Economy, Polity and Governance (TISS, Guwahati Off Campus)

          • Social Exclusion and Social Policy (TISS, Guwahati Off Campus)

          • Development: Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies (TISS, Guwahati Off Campus)

          • Introduction to Northeast India Studies (TISS, Guwahati Off Campus)



          1. Ziipao Raile (2020) Infrastructure of Injustice: State and Politics in Manipur, Northeast India. Routledge: London and New York.
          2. Bodhi S.R and Ziipao Raile (2019 ed.). Land, Words and Resilient Cultures: The Ontological Basis of Tribal Identity. Tribal Intellectual Collective India: Wardha.

          Peer Reviewed Journal Articles  

          1. Ziipao R. Raile (2021). ‘Politicising Road Infrastructure in Manipur: Spatial and Temporal Relation.’ Economic and Political Weekly, LVI (4):38-42.
          2. Ziipao R. Raile (2020).‘Frontier Tribes and Nation States: Infrastructuring Indo (Naga)-Myanmar Borderland.’ Asian Ethnicity. org/10.1080/14631369.2020.1856643 Routledge Publication.
          3. Ziipao R. Raile (2020). ‘Negotiating Disputes in Manipur.’ Seminar 732 :33-38.
          4. Ziipao R. Raile (2020). ‘Deepening Critical Infrastructure in Northeast India: People’s Perspective and Policy Implications.’ Strategic Analysis. 44 (3): 1-17 https://doi.org/10.1080/09700161.2020.1787686  Routledge Publication.  
          5. Arora, V. and Ziipao R. Raile (2020). ‘Roads (Not) Taken: The Materiality, the Poetics, and the Politics of Infrastructure in Manipur, India.’ Journal of South Asian Development, 15(1): 34-62. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0973174119896470, Sage Publication.
          6. Ziipao Raile (2020). ‘Roads, Tribes, and Identity in Northeast India.’ Asian Ethnicity, 21 (1): 1-22. https://org/10.1080/14631369.2018.1495058, Routledge Publication.
          7. Ziipao R. Raile (2019). ‘What are the Impediments to Road Infrastructure in Manipur?’ Economic and Political Weekly, 54 (14): 1-7, Sameeksha Trust Publication.
          8. Ziipao R. Raile (2018). ‘Look/Act East Policy, Roads, and Market Infrastructure in North-East India.’ Strategic Analysis, 42 (5): 476-489, Routledge Publication.https://doi.org/10.1080/09700161.2018.1523082

          Chapters in Books

          1. Bodhi S.R and Ziipao R. Raile (2019). The Integration Spectrum: A Historical Conspectus from a Tribal Perspective, in Bodhi S.R. and Bipin Jojo (ed.). The Problematics of Tribal Integration: Views from India’s Alternative Centers. Shared Mirror: Hyderabad.
          2. Ziipao R. Raile and Kamei A. L (2016). ‘Revisiting Exclusion and Oppression within the Marginalized: Implications for Indigenizing Social Work Practice in North East,’ in Bodhi SR (ed.). Social Work in India: Perspective from Within. Adivaani: Kolkata.
          3. Ziipao R. Raile (2015). ‘Tribes and Tribal Studies in North East: Deconstructing the Philosophy of Colonial Methodology,’ in Akhup Alex (ed.). Identities and Their Struggles in North East India. Adivaani: Kolkata.

          Op-ed/Web Portal

          1. Ziipao R. Raile (2020): An Infrastructural Revolution Along the Indo-China Border. The Mittal Institute, Harvard University
          2. Ziipao R. Raile (2020): Dynamics of Infrastructure Development in Northeast India. The Times of India.
          3. Ziipao R. Raile (2018). The Unholy Trinity vs Man in Uniform. The Morung Express. April 14, 2018
          4. Ziipao R. Raile (2018). Epistemology is the Key to Tribes Emancipation. Interview Excerpt. The Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute, Harvard University. March 15, 2018.
          5. Ziipao R. Raile (2018). Go to Hills to Go to Village. Imphal Free Press. May 23, 2018.
            • Young Faculty Award (2021): IIT Bombay

            • Raghunathan Family Fellow (2017): Harvard University, USA

            • DAAD Fellow (2014): Institute of Ethnology, WWU, Germany

            • UGC-JRF/SRF (2011): Ministry of Education, Government of India

            • Top Class Merit Scholarship (2009): Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

            • Ms. Dosi Vakeel Bronze Medal for securing 3rd position in BA (2009)

            • Member: Tribal Intellectual Collective India (TICI)