born in 1949, is an Indian ethnologist. He grew up in Bombay and emigrated to the USA to study, where he received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1976. He has taught at Yale, the New School, and at universities in Europe, Latin America, and India. One of his main areas of research is cultural globalization. In 1997 Appadurai was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books have been translated into several languages.