M.A. Director of Studies and Lecturer in Anthropology

Tori Gross is the M.A. Director of Studies for the Committee on Global Thought. She supports students in their pursuit of academic and professional goals, and strives to ensure that the M.A. Program is intellectually enriching and personally rewarding. She currently co-teaches the M.A. Seminar through which she hopes to enrich students’ thinking with diverse intellectual perspectives, and strengthen their writing with thoughtful feedback and effective practical advice.

Gross is a recent graduate of the Columbia Ph.D. Program in Sociocultural Anthropology, and is keenly familiar with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a wide array of University resources. In May 2017, she completed her dissertation, The Fights of the Forsaken Kings: Caste Conglomeration, Heroism, and Sovereignty in Contemporary South India, which examines the changing gendered ethnic identity politics of newly urbanized Tamil Nadu. She is interested in the reorientation of affective landscapes that characterizes the development of individuals into cohesive groups, as well as the narrativization of moments of traumatic violence.

In addition to her Ph.D., Gross holds an M.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in World Religions and Sociology from McGill University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at McGill, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, St. John’s University, and Columbia.