Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist, Anthropology
Jane Lynch joins Yale as Lecturer and Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology. An economic anthropologist with regional expertise in South Asia, her current book project, Goods and Goodness: Ethical Practices in India’s Artisanal Textile Industry, is based on long-term ethnographic research examining tensions and contradictions in the social and institutional organization of the artisanal textile industry in India. More broadly, her research interests include the social analysis of corporations and corporate social responsibility projects; the political economy of artisanal manufacture; studies of materiality and material culture; and the anthropology of ethical commerce. Lynch teaches classes on ethnographic research and writing; the relationships between corporations and communities; commodities and consumer culture as they illuminate the ways in which ethics and morality both intersect with and are embedded in economic life; and the political economy and history of South Asia through the textile industry.