Dr Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Johns Hopkins University in 2000, she taught at the Delhi School of Economics for more than thirty years and also held a joint appointment at the New School for Social Research. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Scientists from Developing Countries. She was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 and the Anders Retzius Award of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography in 1995 and the Ghurye Award in 1977. Her most recent books are Life and Words: Violence and the Descent into the Ordinary, Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty and three co-edited volumes, The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy; Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium.