Jean-Thomas Martelli is Head Researcher at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH) in New Delhi. He was previously postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI) at Sciences Po Paris, France. His scholarship in political science and political sociology focuses predominantly on generational politics in the Indian context. The ethnographic work he conducts concentrates on contemporary student politics, left activism, youth political careers and processes of politicisation in Indian campuses. At Sciences Po Paris he taught courses on Indian Democracy, Social Movements in South Asia and Political Science. While his work leans towards political ethnography, he also specialises in survey analysis and digital humanities, which led him to create the PaRChA (Pamphlet Repository for Changing Activism), an online platform of more than 70,000 original pamphlets and activist material produced by student organisations in New Delhi. He compiles textual databases of various kinds, ranging from public speeches of Indian Prime Ministers to tweets of Indian politicians. He received a PhD from King’s College London; the thesis is titled “‘JNU is not Just Where you go, it’s What you Become’: Everyday Political Socialisation and Left Activism at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi”.
“The Politics of our Selves: Left self-fashioning and the production of representative claims in everyday Indian campus politics,” [Manuscript in Preparation].
“From a Radical Cohort to the Other: Surveying Political Incubation in an Indian University,” India Review17, No.3, 2018, DOI: 10.1080/14736489.2018.1473319 (co-authored with Baris Ari)
“JNU Promotes Diversity, Democracy, and Dissent Across the Political Spectrum,” Economic and Political Weekly 53, No.11, 2018: 3597-3606 (co-authored with Khaliq Parkar).
Student Politics: Movements and Mobilisation in Contemporary India. Orient Blackswan (co-edited with Khaliq Parkar) [Manuscript in Preparation].
“Historicising Student Activism and their Discourses: a Textometric Analysis,” Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on the Statistical Analysis of Textual Data-JADT, 7–10 June 2016, Nice. ISBN:978-2-7466-9067-7.
“Reading Modi, through his speeches,” Indian Express, Explained Section, 15 August 2017 (co-authored with Christophe Jaffrelot).
“Waiting for the liberal Indian enfant terrible,” IAPS Dialogue: Institute of Asia & Pacific Studies, 14 July 2017.
“Republic of JNU,” Tehelka, Volume 13, Issue 8, 2016, pp.7-10 (co-authored with Shafi Rahman).
“Universités: un monde en chantier Les campus au cœur des luttes sociales,” France Culture, Culturesmonde, 2 March 2016. [Interview with Xavier Martinet]