2017-present: Teaching Fellow, Global Perspectives on Society, NYU Shanghai
2017: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Virginia
Dissertation title: “Nepali First: Nationalism and Citizenship in a New Secular Republic”
2008: MA in Anthropology, summa cum laude, Biola University
Thesis title: “The Happiest Place on Earth? Presentations and Perceptions of Disneyland”
2005: BA in History, summa cum laude, University of Baltimore
Honors thesis title: “A History of Deaf Education in India and Nepal”
Ethnographic area: South Asia: Nepal
Concentrations: Politics, citizenship, secularism, nationalism, urban ethnography, infrastructure, bureaucracy, disaster, social media
Languages: Native proficiency in English, advanced reading and speaking proficiency in Nepali
Selected Fellowships, Grants, and Awards
2017: National Endowment for the Humanities and Center for American Overseas Research Centers’ Senior Research Fellowship. Project title: “Bureaucratizing Equality: Nepal’s Civil Service in Transition.”
2016: Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective, Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Virginia.
2016: Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Research and Innovation Grant, “Women’s Civic and Political Participation,” USAID.
2016: UVa Huskey Graduate Research Exhibition. First place in the panel “Political Systems and Cultural Impacts.”
2013-2016: Buckner W. Clay Award for Humanities, Summer Research Grant, Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures, University of Virginia.
2015: Graduate Research Grant, Center for Global Innovation and Inquiry, University of Virginia.
2014-2015: Dissertation Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation.
2014: Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship, University of Virginia.
2012: Best Graduate Student Essay award, Anthropology Department, University of Virginia. Essay title: “Race/Cars: Embodiments of Race and Human Sentience in Pixar’s Cars.”
2010-2013: Vice President’s Fellowship for Research, University of Virginia.
Articles and book chapters
2017: “Citizenship in the Name of the Mother: Nationalism, Social Exclusion, and Gender in Contemporary Nepal.” Co-authored with Barbara Grossman-Thompson. positions: asia critique 25(4): 795-820.
2017: “On the Road to Nowhere: Stalled Politics and Urban Infrastructure in Kathmandu.” Himalaya 37(1): 98-106.
2017: “Mediating Claims to Buddha’s Birthplace and Nepali National Identity.” In Media as Politics in South Asia, edited by Sahana Udupa and Stephen McDowell, Routledge, 176-189.
2016 “Fifty-Three Kilos.” Anthropology and Humanism 41(2): 206-211.
Accepted: Review of Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal by Mark Liechty (2017). Anthropological Quarterly.
Accepted: Review of Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality, Transnationality by Purnima Mankekar (2015). American Ethnologist.
2017: Review of Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work, and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad (2017). LSE Review of Books.
2017: Review of Voicing Subjects: Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu by Laura Kunreuther (2014). Studies in Nepali History and Society 22(1): 197-200.
2017: “Increasing the Civic and Political Participation of Women: Understanding the Risk of Strong Resistance.” Literature review published by Institute of International Education and USAID. Co-authored with Swati Chawla, Vanessa Ochs, Paromita Sen, Diana Catalina Vallejo Pedraza, and Denise Walsh.
2015: Review of Tamil Brahmans: The Making of a Middle-Class Caste, by C. J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan (2014). LSE Review of Books.
2014: Review of Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal by Mara Malagodi (2013). Himalaya 34(1): 150-151.
2014: “Academics Must Visit These Bookshops in Kathmandu, Nepal.” Blog post for LSE Review of Books.
Organized conference panels
2017: “Nationalism and Education in Nepal: Recent Ethnographic Perspectives,” co-organized with Miranda Weinberg. Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder.
2016: “Converting Citizens, Converting Kin: New Ethnographic Approaches,” co-organized with Nathalie Nahas. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.
2016: “Secularism in the Himalaya: Its Content and Consequences,” co-organized with Luke Wagner. Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin.
2015: “Religion, Secularism and the Nepali State,” co-organized with Luke Wagner. Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalayas.
2017: “Contested Pasts, Uncertain Futures: The Legacy of Nepal’s Prithvi Narayan Shah.” Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC.
2017: “Policing the Border by Policing Women’s Bodies: Gender, Anti-India Sentiment, and Nepal’s Citizenship Laws.” Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
2017: “One Nation Under Shah: Teaching History in a Kathmandu Private School.” Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder.
2016: “Anxieties of Conversion and the Question of Secularism in Nepal.” Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis.
2016: “Dharma Pariwartan, Dharmik Swatantra: Conversion and the Question of Nepali Secularism.” Himalayan Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin.
2015: “Buddha was Born in (Secular) Nepal: Claims and Counter-Claims of Nepali National Identity.” Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalayas.
2013: “Becoming Secular, Remaining Hindu: Brahmans in the New Nepal.” Presentation in UVa Anthropology Department’s annual Third Year Symposium.
2011: “It’s a Small World After All? Questioning (Re)presentations in the Happiest Place on Earth.” Southern Anthropology Society, Richmond, VA.
2010: “Interpreter to Murder: Reflections on Positionality, Power, Secrecy, and Discourse.” American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, LA.
2017: Discussant for “A Political Anthropology of Finance: Valuation and Investment as a Political Process.” Paper by Horacio Ortiz, Humanities and Social Sciences Colloquium, NYU Shanghai.
2017: Discussant for “The Himalayas: From the Colonial to the Postcolonial.” Panel at a pre-conference on “Colonial and Postcolonial Borderlands.” Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
2018: “Claiming ‘Gorkha’: Intimacy and Nationalism Online.” CGA and GPS Young Scholars’ Colloquium on Asia and the World, NYU Shanghai.
2018: “Anthropological Approaches to Citizenship and Personhood.” Guest lecture for undergraduate course, Introduction to Anthropology, University of Virginia.
2017: “Mediating Claims to Buddha’s Birthplace and Nepali National Identity.” Faculty Lunch Speaker Series, NYU Shanghai.
2017: “Fiction and Fieldwork.” Panel discussion on ethnographical and historical fiction with Amitav Ghosh, Ferial Maya Boutaghou, and Sheena Singh. Hosted by the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures and the Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia.
2017: “On the Road to Nowhere: Stalled Politics and Urban Infrastructure in Kathmandu.” Invited participant in the Huskey Graduate Research Exposition, Social Sciences Division, University of Virginia.
2017: “Rituals of Succession and the Downfall of Nepal’s Hindu Monarchy.” Guest lecture for undergraduate course, Anthropology of Spirituality, University of Mary Washington.
2017: Presented “In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship” at the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, Graduate Workshop Series, University of Pennsylvania.
2016: Participant in “Beyond the City Limits: Rethinking New Religiosities in Asia,” Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany.
2016: Participant in “Futures and Ruins: A Workshop on Crisis and Possibility,” Duke University, Durham.
2015: Participant in “Religion and the State in Asia,” Association of Asian Studies/Social Science Research Council, Chicago.
University and department service
2018: Interviewer, Candidate Weekend, NYU Shanghai (March 3-4).
2016-2017: Speaker Series Co-Chair, Anthropology Department, University of Virginia
2012-2013: Elected Graduate Student Representative, Anthropology Department, University of Virginia
2011-2012: Graduate Student Representative, Center for Critical Human Survival Issues, University of Virginia
2011, 2013: Coordinator, Fall Workshop Series for New Teaching Assistants, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia