Craig Jeffrey is Director of the Australia India Institute and former Professor of Development Geography at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St. John's College. He is a leading authority on South Asian youth and writes on Indian democracy, educational transformation, globalisation, and the 'social revolution' that he sees occurring across India in the 21st Century.
Professor Jeffrey has spent a total of five years since 1995 conducting anthropological fieldwork in western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. He is the author of numerous journal articles as well as six books, including Timepass: Youth, Class and the Politics of Waiting in India (Stanford University Press, 2010) and Keywords for Modern India (with John Harriss; Oxford University Press, 2014). Oxford University Press have recently commissioned Craig Jeffrey to write A Very Short Introduction to Modern India, part of its prestigious Very Short Introduction series.
Professor Jeffrey is currently working with Dr. Jane Dyson on a Australian Research Council funded project on youth and prefigurative politics in north India. Professor Jeffrey was recently elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and, in addition to his academic work, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and The Conversation.