Maxine Weisgrau received her PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1993. She has conducted fieldwork research in Rajasthan, India since the late 1980s, studying nongovernmental organizations and rural development programs in villages in and around the Udaipur District. Her teaching areas at SIPA include gender, development, and political participation.

Professor Weisgrau teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at Barnard, Columbia, NYU and The New School focusing on gender, development, reproduction, tourism, and cultural anthropology.


  • Co-author and editor of Raj Rhapsodies: Tourism, Heritage and the Seduction of History (Ashgate 2007)
  • Interpreting Development: Local Histories, Local Strategies (University Press of America 1997)
  • Beyond the Boundaries of Belief: Issues in the Anthropology of Religion (Westview 1999)
  • Co-author of the 9th edition of The Tapestry of Culture: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (2009 Altamira Press).