Tarini Bedi is an urban anthropologist who conducts research in South and Southeast Asia. She is Associate Professor of sociocultural anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of urban and political anthropology, anthropology of infrastructure and mobilities, cultural geography, and gender studies. Her first book, "The Dashing Ladies of Shiv Sena: Political Matronage in Urbanizing India" (2016, SUNY Press) develops a feminist theory of brokerage politics. It is particularly interested in the expressive, masculinized, and visual forms of politics utilized by low- level women politicians in Western India. She is currently finishing up a second book manuscript, Everyday Technologies of the Urban: Motoring and Mobilities in Bombay/Mumbai's Taxi Trade which looks at the social, material, political, labor and manufacturing histories of road transport, motoring, and automobility through the lens of the taxi trade in Bombay/Mumbai.