Faisal is an anthropologist his research is driven by the conceptual quest to understand- how are humans constituted through exchange. His doctoral thesis at the University of Sussex explored the overlapping trust that networks in trade, religion and kinship produce in South India. He was a Postdoctoral fellow at the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore researching on the impact of biometric identification technologies in rearticulating state-community relationships in India. At Jindal he is developing a research programme on the relationship between economy, governance and violence. He teaches courses on risk, commensuration and comparative economies.