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Matthew Baxter

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Matthew Baxter works on South Asia as a comparative political theorist, focusing on Tamil-speaking South India and Non-Brahmin politics.  As a Visiting Scholar in the South Asia Program, he is working towards the completion of a book manuscript tentatively titled The Politics of Embrace: On the Non-Brahmin Self-Respect Critique of Gandhian Self-Rule. This project argues that Non-Brahmins in late colonial South India articulated a theoretical challenge to the priority of self-rule through acts of embrace across the wider world--involving intimacy, translation, and conversion--in order to cultivate a self-respecting self, and that this cultivation is important not only for appreciating today's Indian politics but as a way of doing political theory outside "the Canon."  He completed his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. He has previously served as the Associate Editor for Asian Survey and as a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers University's Center for Cultural Analysis and at Harvard University's Mahindra Humanities Center.