Mukulika Banerjee is the inaugural Director of the LSE South Asia Centre and is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She studied in Delhi and Oxford universities and taught at Oxford and UCL before joining LSE. She has conducted ethnographic research in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa (NWFP), Pakistan between 1990-1993 and in India since 1998. Her publications include Why India Votes?, The Pathan Unarmed and The Sari and, as editor, Muslim Portraits. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Cultivating Democracy based on 15 years of research in rural India.