School of Social and Political Science

Dr Sandhya Fuchs

Job Title

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Research interests

Research interests

Sandhya is a social anthropologist who specializes in issues of law and inequality. Her research explores the relationship between legal norms, personal memories and social imaginaries of hope, justice and restitution. 

Her ongoing book project, tentatively entitled "Hope and Hate at the Limits of Law; Imagining Caste Equality Through Atrocity legislation" explore the social life of India's only hate crime law: the 1989 Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, which aims to protect Dalits and Adivasis (indigenous groups) from violence at the hand of upper castes. Through multi-sited fieldwork in the Indian state of Rajasthan, the book analyses what it means for hate crime legislation to be successful and what imaginaries and practices of legal and extra-legal resistance such laws inspire. 



Sandhya completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020, where she was affiliated with the International Inequalities Institute (III). Before coming to Edinburgh as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, she worked as a Research Associate for the Law and Anthropology Division at he University of Bern, Switzerland. Sandhya holds an MPhil degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a BA in Anthropology and Philosophy from Colby College, Maine, USA. Her research has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Wenner Gren Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service. 

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Fuchs S. The silence and symbolism of hate: What the SC/ST Atrocities Act can teach us about hate crime law . The India Forum. 2022 Aug 4.
Fuchs S. Rethinking the atrocities act: Proving prejudice and interpreting evidence in Rajasthan. South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ). 2022 May 2.
Fuchs S. Strange bedfellows: On trauma and ethnographic vulnerability. AllegraLab. 2021 Jul 10.
Fuchs S. “We Don't Have the Right Words!”: Idiomatic violence, embodied inequalities, and uneven translations in Indian law enforcement. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. 2021 Jan 28;43(2):177-194.
Fuchs S. Punishing the police or when performance heals: Securing Dalit rights through Human Rights hearings. In Linkenbach A, Malik A, editors, Realizing Justice? : Normative Orders and the Realities of (In)Justice in India. Delhi: Manohar, New Delhi. 2021
Fuchs S. ‘Give me the space to live’: Trauma, casted land and the search for restitution among the Meghwal survivors of the Dangawas massacre. Contemporary South Asia. 2020 Aug 4;28(3):392-407.
Fuchs S. The gift of a bicultural upbringing. SAPIENS Anthropology Magazine. 2020 Jan 10.
Fuchs S. Indian Supreme Court curbs one of the world’s most powerful anti-discrimination laws. 2018.
Fuchs S. The myth of the false case: What the new Indian Supreme Court Order on the SC/ST Act gets wrong about caste-based violence and legal manipulation. 2018.
Fuchs S. [Review of] Wilkinson, Iain and Kleinman, Arthur. 2016. A passion for society: how we think about human suffering. Oakland, CA: University of California Press. 205 pp. Pb.: US$85. ISBN: 9780520287235. Social Anthropology. 2017 May;25(2):270-272.