Her publications include Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar (2nd ed. OUP 2007), published in Hindi as Gunda Dhur Ki Talash Mein (Penguin 2009), and Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in India (OUP 2001). She is editor of Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand (OUP 2009) and also co-editor of Anthropology in the East: The founders of Indian sociology and anthropology (Permanent Black 2007), and A New Moral Economy for India's Forests: Discourses of Community and Participation (Sage Publications, 1999).
Her current teaching and research interests include citizenship, war and counterinsurgency in South Asia, indigenous identity and politics in India, the sociology of law, and inequality.
Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological history of Bastar 1854-2006, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2007 (2nd edition), (1st edition 1997, OIP 1999).
Gunda Dhur Ki Talash Mein. Penguin Yatra Books, 2009
Anthropology in the East: The founders of Indian sociology and anthropology (edited with Patricia Uberoi and Satish Deshpande), New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2007.
A New Moral Economy for India’s Forests: Discourses of Community and Participation, New Delhi, Sage, 1999 (with Roger Jeffery).
Legal Grounds: Natural Resources, Identity and the Law in Jharkhand, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2009.
Links to select articles
“Toward an Anthropology of Culpability.” In American Ethnologist, 31 (2), 2004, 145-163.
“Caste as Census Category: Implications for Sociology.” In Current Sociology, 48 (3), 2000, 111-126.
Democracy versus Economic Transformation?: A Response to Partha Chatterjee’s Democracy and Economic Transformation in India. Economic and Political Weekly, November 18 2008 (with Amita Baviskar)
“Teaching to hate: The RSS’s Pedagogical Program.” In Tom Ewing ed. Revolution and Pedagogy, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005, 195-218.
“Indigenise, Nationalise and Spiritualise: An Agenda for Education?” In International Social Science Journal, 173, September 2002, 373-383.
“Forest Society and Colonialism.” In India and the Contemporary World. Textbook in History for Class IX. Delhi: NCERT.
“Is Devolution Democratisation”. In World Development, 29 (12), 2001, 2007-2024.
“Unpacking the `Joint' in Joint Forest Management.” In Development and Change, 31, 2000, 255-279.
Adivasi Politics and Culture
“Debating Dussehra and Reinterpreting Rebellion in Bastar District, Central India.” In Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society, 7 (1), 2001, 19-35.
“Divining Evil: The State and Witchcraft in Bastar”. In Journal of Gender, Technology and Development, 5 (3), 2001, 425-448.
“The Dilemmas of “Working” Anthropology in Twenty-first-Century India.” In Les W. Field and Richard G. Fox eds. Anthropology Put to Work, Oxford, Berg Publishers, 2007, pp.181-200.
“In the cause of anthropology: the life and work of Irawati Karve.” In Patricia Uberoi, Satish Deshpande and Nandini Sundar (eds) Anthropology in the East: The founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology, New Delhi, Permanent Black, 2007.
“Missing the Ethical Woods for the Bureaucratic Trees”. American Ethnologist, Vol. 33, Number 4, November 2006, 535-537.