Shiv Visvanathan is a social scientist, currently the Director of Centre for the Study of Knowledge Systems (CSKS) in Jindal Global Law School. He has recently authored Theatres of Democracy, 2016 (HarperCollins India).

He is a regular columnist to The Hindu, The Asian Age, Financial Chronicle and contributes to popular magazines like Open, Daily O, Quartz and Scroll.in. His scholarship ranges a wide array of topics that includes science and technology studies, semiotics, media, art, aesthetics, violence, corruption, nationalism, secularism, future studies, mythology, cognitive justice, dissent, social movements, development,  philosophy of everydayness, walking, aging and waste.