Profile: Annu Jalais is an environmental anthropologist. She works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore’s South Asian Studies and Comparative Asian Studies Departments. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching experience focuses on: the human – nonhuman interface; environment and climate change; religious identity and migration; caste and social justice. Her primary region of specialisation is South Asia, specifically Bangladesh and India, and her secondary zone of interest encompasses Southeast Asia and China, especially around Indian Ocean exchanges in the religious and cultural realms.
She is deeply committed to making academic work more relevant and works with individuals and organisations committed to social justice and change. Through her engaged anthropology she raises awareness about global environmental degradation, rising social inequities, and the growing dispossession of vulnerable communities. Annu is well-known for her scholarship on the Sundarbans, its people, forests and ecological terrain. Her books Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans (2010) and (co-authored) The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration (2016) on the partition of Bengal and its aftermath are essential reading for anyone interested in Bengal. You can find out more on the following websites: