Raphael Susewind is Lecturer in Social Anthropology and Development at the Department of International Development. He trained in politics (Dipl-Pol, Marburg 2009), area studies (MSc, Oxford 2010) and sociology / social anthropology (PhD, Bielefeld 2015).
Using a distinct mix of ethnographic and Big Data methods grounded in long-term fieldwork, Raphael explores geographies of Muslim belonging, the ambivalence of the sacred and electoral politics in urban India. He is the author of 'Being Muslim and working for peace: Ambivalence and ambiguity in Gujarat' (SAGE 2013) and published in journals such as Economic & Political Weekly, Environment and Planning A, Field Methods, the Journal of South Asian Development and SAMAJ. He has also written research software, curates a comprehensive open dataset on religion and politics in India and occasionally blogs at www.raphael-susewind.de.
At King's, Raphael teaches core development anthropology and mixed methods and supervises research students. He especially welcomes PhD proposals that concern popular politics, religion and/or the political economy of contemporary South Asia.
Beyond King's, Raphael collaborates with the ERC-funded project 'For Digital Dignity' at LMU Munich and as Associate of the Contemporary South Asia Studies Program at the University of Oxford. He also acts as the reviews editor of Contemporary South Asia.