Ram Natarajan studies the effects of violence on those who commit injuries and those who suffer injuries, the politics of prosecuting former collaborators of dismantled regimes, and the everyday responses of officers and soldiers to government criminalization of their pasts. His research investigates these issues through long-term, qualitative, ethnographic focus on the aftermath of the 1976-1983 Argentine military junta.
At New York University, Ram has taught undergraduate seminars on the anthropology of violence. In 2012, he received the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. His research has received funding from the Wenner Gren Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation/Social Sciences Research Council, the National Sciences Foundation, and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.