2010-present: Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia

Dissertation research proposal title: “Re-Imagining the Nation: Citizens in the New Nepal.” Defended May 8, 2013.

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: Caste and class, hierarchy, religion, secularism, citizenship, education, political transformation

Languages: Native proficiency in English, advanced reading and speaking proficiency in Nepali


Selected Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

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.


Peer-reviewed publications

Accepted: “Citizenship in the Name of the Mother: Nationalism, Social Exclusion, and Gender in Contemporary Nepal.” Co-authored with Barbara Grossman-Thompson. Special issue of Positions, expected publication date February 2017.

Accepted: “On the Road to Nowhere: Stalled Politics and Urban Infrastructure in Kathmandu.” Special issue of Himalaya, expected publication date May 2017.

2016   “Fifty-Three Kilos.” Anthropology and Humanism 41(2): 206-211.


Non-peer-reviewed publications

Forthcoming: “Mediating Claims to Buddha’s Birthplace and Nepali National Identity.” Chapter for volume Media as Politics in South Asia, edited by Sahana Udupa and Stephen McDowell. Routledge. Expected publication date May 2017.

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: “In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship.” Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, Graduate Workshop Series, University of Pennsylvania.

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.”

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.



2016: University of Goettingen, “Beyond the City Limits: Rethinking New Religiosities in Asia.”

2016: Duke University, “Futures and Ruins: A Workshop on Crisis and Possibility.”

2015: AAS/SSRC Dissertation Workshop, “Religion and the State.”


Selected University Service

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


Professional memberships

American Anthropological Association

Association for Asian Studies

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies

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