Curriculum Vitae

Amanda Snellinger, M.A., M.A., Ph.D.
amanda.snellinger@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Professional Employment

2012-2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oxford, School of Geography and the Environment
2012-2016 Instructor and Affiliate Scholar, The Jackson School, University of Washington
2011-2012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, Seattle University
2008 Writing Seminar Instructor, Anthropology Department & Knight Writing Institute, Cornell University
2008 Independent Researcher, Less Commonly Taught Asian Languages Profile, Education Department, Asia Society, NY
2001–2002 Project Manager, Editor and Curriculum Designer, India: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Curriculum Guide, Education Department, Asia Society, NY.

Received the American Association of Asian Studies Franklin Buchanan Prize in 2005

2000–2002 Program Assistant, Education Department, Asia Society, NY

Education

2010 Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
Concentration in South Asian Studies
Dissertation Title: “Transfiguration of the Political: Nepali Student Politics and the Politics of Acculturation”
2006 M.A., Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
2004 M.A., Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University
1999 B.A., Department of Anthropology and Department of Religion, Bard College

Research and Teaching Specializations

-Political and Legal anthropology, Socio-cultural anthropology
– Law and Society: Secularism and Pluralism, Localization of Rights, Political and Economic Rights; Human Rights Theory; Human Rights Regimes and Networks, Citizenship
-South Asia: Comparative political and cultural studies of South Asia, Nepal, Himalayas
-Activism: Student activism, legal activism, social movements, protest tactics
-Political Identity and Participation: Citizenship; Ethnicity; Nationalism; Democratic Theory; States Theory, Post-Conflict
-Youth and Generational Interaction
-Education and Socialization: Indoctrination; Social and Political Consciousness; Nationalism Projects and Schooling
– Employment & Migration
-Gender: Masculinity; gendered interactions

Courses Taught

JSIS A 509 “Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia II,” University of Washington, Winter 2016
GEOG 343 /JSIS B 347 “Comparative Geographies of Youth in South Asia,” University of Washington, Spring 2015
MA/MSE SA Anthro Core “Anthropology of South Asia,” Oxford University, Hilary (winter) Term 2015, co-taught with Dr. Bob Parkin and Dr. Ammara Maqsood.
GEOG 343 /JSIS B 347 “Comparative Geographies of Youth,” University of Washington, Winter 2013
ANTH 120 “Anthropological Perspectives,” Seattle University, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012
ANTH 334 “Anthropology and Human Rights,” Seattle University, Winter 2012
ANTH 402 “History of Anthropological Thought: Anthropology Through Our Debates,” Seattle University, Spring 2012
ANTH 168 “Youth and Politics: The Impact of Political Participation on Cultural Notions of Youth,” Freshman Writing Seminar, Cornell University, Fall 2008.

Fellowships and Awards

2012-2016 Economic and Social Research Council, UK, multi-country research grant, University of Oxford, Department of Geography and the Environment. Grant #: ES/J011444/1
2011 Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies Senior Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
2009 Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, The National Academies, Honorable Mention
2009 Mellon Foundation, Society for Humanities, Cornell University, Research Grant
2009 Sage Fellowship for Dissertation Writing, Cornell University
2008 Knight Institute Teaching Fellowship, Cornell University
2007 – 2008 Wenner-Gren Doctoral Research Fellowship
2006 – 2007 Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
Summer 2006 FLAS Fellowship for Nepali language, Cornell University
2005 – 2006 FLAS Fellowship for Nepali language, Cornell University
2005 Mario Einaudi Center and South Asian Studies Program, Cornell University, Travel Grant
2005 Sage Fellowship for Course Preparation, Cornell University
2003 – 2004 Fulbright IIE Research Grant in Nepal, USEF-Nepal
Summer 2003 FLAS Fellowship for Nepali language, Cornell University
2002 – 2003 FLAS Fellowship for Nepali language, Cornell University
Summer 2002 FLAS Fellowship for Nepali language, Cornell University
1998 Study Abroad Grant, School for International Training
1995 – 1999 Excellence at Equal Cost Scholar, Bard College

Research and Field Experience

2013-2016 ESRC Grant, ethnographic fieldwork in Kathmandu and Parsa District, Nepal. Project Title: “Alchemists of the Revolution? The Politics of Educated Unemployed Youth.” Conducted with Professor Craig Jeffrey, Professor David Gellner, Professor Jonathan Spencer, Dr. Jane Dyson, and Dr. Dhana Hughes in Uttarakhand India, Parsa Nepal, and Colombo Sri Lanka.
6 – 9/2011 ANHS Senior Fellowship, socio-political anthropological fieldwork in Kathmandu, Nepal. Project Title: “Transfiguration of the Political: From Student Activist to Politician in the Making of ‘New Nepal’.”
9 – 11/2009 Society for Humanities Travel Grant, dissertation follow-up research in Kathmandu, Nepal.
8/2007 – 5/2008 Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship, socio-political anthropological fieldwork and archival work in Kathmandu, Nepal, Delhi, India at the National Archives and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Varanasi, India at Banaras Hindu University. Project Title:
Nepali Student Activism on a National and Transnational Level.”
8/2006 – 8/2007 Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, socio-political anthropological fieldwork in Kathmandu, Birgunj, Bhiratnagar, and Chitwan, with field travel to: Dhading, Ghorka, Ilam, Itahari, Kavre, Janakpur, Jhapa, Kailali, Lalitpur, Lamjung, Newalparasi, Nuwakot, Olkodhunga, Palpa, Sarlahi, and Teradhung Nepal. Project Title: “The Role of Generational Change in Nepali Student Activism.”
5/2005 – 8/2005 Einaudi Research Grant, socio-political anthropological fieldwork in Kathmandu, Nepal and Delhi, India. Project Title: “Nepali student politics and their political movements in Kathmandu universities and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.”
8/ 2003 – 7/2004 Fulbright Research Fellowship, socio-political anthropological fieldwork in Kathmandu, Nepal. Project Title: “The Education Environment’s Impact on Nepali Citizens’ Political Consciousness.”
1 – 5/1998 Nepal Abroad Program, socio-cultural anthropological field work in: Kathmandu, Dolpo, and Tapplejung, Nepal. Project Title: “Religious Systems in Sarah Tara, Dolpo.”

Manuscripts in Preparation

n.d. Book Manuscript: “Political Regeneration: From Student Activism to Mainstream Politics in the Making of ‘New’ Nepal”
n.d. Article Manuscript: “Securing our future despite our State: Educated youths’ quest for salaried work in Nepal.” Under review by Political Geography
n.d. Article Manuscript: “From (Violent) Protest to Policy: Rearticulating Authority through the National Youth Policy in Post-War Nepal.” Under review by Modern Asian Studies
n.d. Article Manuscript: “Every Household will be a micro-enterprise”: Youth Entrepreneurial Schemes’ Role in Restructuring Nepal.” Under review by Children’s Geographies

Peer Reviewed Publications

Forthcoming, 2016 “Let’s See What Happens”: Hope, Contingency, and Speculation in Nepali Student Activism.” Critical Asian Studies.
2015 “The production of possibility through an impossible ideal: Consensus as a political value on Nepal’s Constituent Assembly.” Constellations 22(2): 233-245.
2013 “Shaping a Livable Present and Future: Review of Youth Studies in Nepal.” European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 42: 75-104.
2010 ““Yuba, Hamro Pusta” (“Youth, Our Generation”): Youth and Generational Politics in Nepali Political Culture.” SINHAS (Studies in Nepali History and Society) 14(1): 39-66.
2009 “Democratic Form: Conceptions and Practices in the Making of “New Nepal.” Sociological Bulletin (Journal of Indian Sociological Society) 58(1): 43-70.
2006 “Commitment as an Analytic: Reflections on Nepali Student Activists Protracted Struggle.” PoLAR (Political and Legal Anthropology Review) 29(2): 351-364.
2005 “A Crisis in Nepali Student Politics?: Analyzing the Gap between Politically Active and Non-Active Students.” Peace and Democracy in South Asia Journal 1 (2): 18-43.
2003 “Union under the Sun: Exchange as a Trope of Habitus in Sahar Tara, Dolpo, Nepal.” SAGAR, South Asia Research Journal 9: 35-49.

Book Chapters

Forthcoming, 2016 “What is it all for?: Educational distinction in Nepal’s post-war transition.” In Children’s Geographies of Violence, War and Peace edited by Christopher Harker and Kathrin Horschelmann. London: Springer.
Forthcoming, 2016 “’Pure Democracy’ In ‘New Nepal’: Conceptions, Practices, and Anxieties.” In Roots and Routes of Democracy in the Himalayas, edited by Vibha Arora. London & New York: Routledge.
2010 “The Repertoire of Scientific Organization: Ideology, Identity and the Maoist Student Union.” In Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Revolution in the Twenty-first Century, edited by Mahendra Lawoti and Anup Mahara, pp. 73-91. London & New York: Routledge, South Asia Series.
2007 “Student Movements in Nepal: Their Parameters and their Idealized Forms.” In Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal, edited by Mahendra Lawoti, pp. 273-298. Delhi: Sage Publications.

Reviews, Reports, and Letters

2016 Review of Mediating the Global: Expatria’s Forms and Consequences in Kathmandu, by Heather Hindman, 2013, Stanford Ca: Stanford University Press, forthcoming in American Ethnologist.
2015 Household Survey Profiles for: Bagwana, Biranchibarwa, and Jauwa Guthi Village Development Committees in Parsa, Nepal. Co-written with Mohammad Ayub, Sudip Gautam, David N. Gellner, Dinesh Pathak, Bandita Sijapati, and Prakriti Thami. Kathmandu, Nepal: Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility.

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2015 “Mobilizing for What?: A Discursive History of Nepal’s National Youth Policy.” Proceedings from the 2013 Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya. Kathmandu, Nepal: Social Science Baha.
2014 Review of Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity, Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007), by Mara Malagodi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, in London School of Economics Review of Books.
2013 Review of Rise of Ethnic Politics in Nepal: Democracy in the Margins, Susan Hagen, 2010, London: Routledge, in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 41: 162-165.
2013 Review of This Side of Silences: Human Rights, Torture, and the Recognition of Cruelty, Tobias Kelly, 2012, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, in Social and Legal Studies 22(1) 142-145.
2012 Field Report. “The Young Political Generation Today, Five Years Later.” Himalaya 31(1-2): 61-62.
2006 Review of Imagining the Modern: The Cultures of Nationalism in Cyprus, Rebecca Bryant, 2004, NY: I.B. Tauris, in PoLAR (Political and Legal Anthropology Review) 29 (1): 146-150.
2005 Field Report. “Nepali Bidhyaarthi haru bichhma Sanskriti ko Raajnitik Khaalto (trans. A Culture of Political Disjuncture Amongst Nepali Students).” Loktantra (trans. Democracy), 2: 23-26.

Journalistic, Educational, and Open Access Publications

Ongoing Field Research and Teaching Blog: amandasnellinger.com
2015 “Scholarly Affect in a time of Crisis: Responses to The Nepal Earthquake” Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots Forum Collection, co-edited with Cameron Warner and Heather Hindman, October 12, 2015.
2015 “Introduction: Aftershocked.” Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots Forum Collection, co-written with Cameron Warner and Heather Hindman, October 12, 2015. http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/741-aftershocked-reflections-on-the-2015-earthquakes-in-nepal
2015 “A mood swing: State reaction to protests in Birgunj.” Editorial, Kathmandu Post, September 4, 2015. http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-04/a-mood-swing.html
2015 “Nepal’s Earthquake Politics: A Call for Decentralization.” Editorial, Counterpunch, May 4, 2015. http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/05/04/nepals-earthquake-politics/
2014 “The Politics of “Post-conflict”: On the Ground in South Asia.” Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots Forum Collection, co-edited with Sara Shneiderman, March 26, 2014. http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/499-the-politics-of-post-conflict-on-the-ground-in-south-asia
2014 “Framing the Issues: The Politics of “Post-Conflict.” Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots Forum Collection, co-written with Sara Shneiderman, March 26, 2014.
http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/500-framing-the-issues-the-politics-of-post-conflict
2014 “Situating Political Transformation in South Asia. Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots Forum Collection, co-written with Sara Shneiderman, March 26, 2014.
http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/501-situating-political-transformation-in-south-asia
2013 “Two Votes Each” Editorial, Kathmandu Post, November 19, 2013
http://www.kantipuronline.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/11/18/editorial/two-votes-each/255933.html
2012 “Secularism in Nepal: Against the Normative Grain?” Anthropology News Series on Law. http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2012/12/17/secularism-in-nepal/
2011 Op-Ed, “Between Idealism And Political Savvy.” Kathmandu Post, November 9, 2011
http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2011/11/08/oped/between-idealism-and-political-savvy/227996.html
2004 Op-Ed, “Rebels with a Cause.” The Nation, Nepal, #1, May 7, 2004. http://www.nation.com.np/
2004 Op-Ed, “Student Elections Outcome” The Nation, Nepal, #3, May 21, 2004, http://www.nation.com.np/.
2002 India Teacher’s Guide. Editor. Asia Society 2002.
Received the American Association of Asian Studies Franklin Buchanan Prize in 2005.

International Papers, Presentations, Lectures and Workshops

2016 Invited Speaker, Conference on Student Mobilities and Mobilizations in South Asia. Global Challenges – Local Action, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld Germany, Talk Title, “Waiting for ‘New Nepal’: Student Politics over the Longue Durée of Political Transition,” June 16-18, 2016.
2015 Invited Speaker, Conference on Leadership, Authority, and Legitimation in South Asia, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, Talk Title, “From Protest to Policy: Rearticulating Authority through the National Youth Policy in Post-War Nepal,” November 20-21, 2015.
2015 Invited Lecturer, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies Kathmandu Research Center, Sponsored by the US Embassy and USEF-Nepal. Talk title: “Enumerating Precarity: How Survey Data Helped Explain the Predicament of Educated Unemployed Youth in Parsa, Nepal,” co-presentation with Dr. Bandita Sijapati, September 19, 2015
2015 Invited Speaker, Grounded? Youth in Contemporary South Asia, An Interdisciplinary Research Workshop sponsored by ESRC, St John’s College, University of Oxford, Paper title, “Enumerating Precarity: What Survey Data told us about Unemployed Youth in Parsa, Nepal,” co-written with Professor David Gellner. May 21-22, 2015
2015 Invited Lecturer, Shifting Powers, Shifting Mobilities Seminar, Centre on Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, Talk Title, “We go to bring something back’: A comparison between strategies of going and staying among frustrated youth in southern Nepal.” February 12, 2015.
2015 Invited Lecturer, Contemporary South Asia Seminar, University of Oxford, Talk Title, “Securing our future despite our State: Young educated Nepalis’ quest for salaried work within political turmoil.” January 29, 2015.
2014 European Conference on South Asia, Zurich Switzerland. Paper Title, “Losing Hope for the Future: Waiting in Nepal’s Post-Conflict Period.” July 23-26, 2014.
2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of Social Anthropology of the UK and Commonwealth, Edinburgh, UK. Paper Title, “What is it all for?: Educational distinction in Nepal’s precarious labor market.” June 19-22, 2014.
2014 Invited Lecturer, Social Science Baha. Talk Title, “Securing our future despite our State: Young educated Nepalis’ quest for salaried work within political turmoil.” April 30, 2014.
2014 National University of Singapore Asia Research Institute Workshop, “Youthful Futures?: Aspiration, Education, and Employment in Asia,” Singapore. Paper Title, “Securing our future despite our State: Young educated Nepalis’ quest for salaried work within political turmoil.” May 5-6, 2014.
2013 Social Science Regional Workshop, “Governing Youth in South Asia”, Kathmandu, Nepal. Paper Title, “ “Every Household will be a micro-enterprise”: A discursive analysis of The Youth Small Enterprise and Self Employment Fund (YSEF) in Nepal.” September 24-26.
2013 Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies and Social Science Baha Annual Workshop Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal. Paper Title, “Mobilizing for What?: A Discursive History of Nepal’s National Youth Policy.” July 24-26.
2012 Invited Discussant, SOAS (London) Workshop Conference entitled “The Creation of Public Meaning during Nepal’s Democratic Transition.” July 4, 2012.
2011 Invited Speaker, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Global Youth Politics. St. John’s College, University of Oxford, November 25, 2011.
2011 Invited Lecturer, Nepal Study Group, Anthropology Department, University of Oxford. Talk title: “Consensus and Deliberation in Local Form: Understanding Traditional Political Process in Nepal.” November 24, 2011.
2011 Invited Speaker, Martin Chautari (Kathmandu) entitled “The Creation of Public Meaning during Nepal’s Democratic Transition.” Talk title, “Sarvasammati (Consensus): An International Political Value?” September 4, 2011.
2011 Invited Discussant, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Social Science Baha and Alliance for Social Dialogue, International conference entitled: “Changing Dynamics in Nepali Society and Politics,” Kathmandu Nepal. Panel Title: “Nepal’s Regional and Geopolitical Position.” August 19, 2011.
2011 Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Social Science Baha and Alliance for Social Dialogue, International conference entitled: “Changing Dynamics in Nepali Society and Politics,” Kathmandu Nepal. Paper Title: “Democratic Process on the Constituent Assembly.” August 18, 2011.
2010 Invited Lecturer, Anthropology Department, University of Sydney. Talk title: “Between The Mundane and the Ideal: Political Aspirations of Nepali Student Activists.” May 19, 2010.
2010 Invited Lecturer, Anthropology Department, University of Melbourne. Talk title: “Politics as a Mode of Being: Nepali Student Activists’ Personalization of Politics.” April 3, 2010.
2008 Invited Lecturer, Nepal Studies Center, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Talk title: “Nepali Student Activism in Banaras: A Historical Overview.” February 14, 2008.
2007 Invited Lecturer, United Nations Mission in Nepal, Child Protection Unit, lecture given on Nepali Student politics and the politicization and indoctrination of young Nepalese. Kathmandu, Nepal, October 23, 2007.
2006 Sociology/Anthropology Society of Nepal (SASON) International Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal. Paper title: “The Cultural Politics of Political Imaginary: The Role of Youth in Generations of Nepali Politics.” December 13, 2006.
2005 Invited Speaker, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, Nepal. Talk title: “Bidhyaarthi Rajniti Sankat: Raajnitik Bidhyaarthi haru ra aru Bidhyaarthi ko bichmaa Khaalto (trans. Political Crisis?: The Gap Between Political and Non Political Students).” July 12, 2005.
2005 Invited Speaker, South Asian Regional Student Leader Conference: Establishing an Agenda for Change through Dialogue, Kathmandu, Nepal. Talk title: “Student Activism Today: A Comparison between America and South Asia.” February 23, 2005.
2004 Invited Speaker, by the Nepal Fulbright Association at the Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, Nepal. Talk title: “Possible Theoretical Trajectories in which to Analyze Student Politics and the Student Movement in Nepal.” July 26, 2004.
2004 South Asian Regional Fulbright Conference, Goa, India. Paper title: “Students’ Role in the Pratigaman Andolan (trans. Movement Against Regression) in Nepal.” February 10, 2004.

Domestic Papers, Presentations, Lectures and Workshops

2016 Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Conference, Seattle, Washington. Paper title: “Strengthening Civil Society? Humanitarian Jihad in Kashmir and Hacking Nepal’s Earthquake,” co-presentation with Dr. Cabeiri Robinson. March 31-April 3, 2016.
2016 Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies Annual Conference, Austin Texas. Paper title: “A Regressive Constitution: The impact of Strategic Electioneering and Voting in Nepal’s 2013 Constituent Assembly Election.” February 25 – 28, 2016.
2015 Law and Society Association Conference, Seattle WA. Paper title: “Bringing Marginalized Youth into the Official Economic Fold: Nepal’s Post-Conflict Neoliberal Agenda.” May 29, 2015.
2014 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, Washington D.C. Paper title: “Of Two Minds: Strategic Electioneering and Voting in Nepal’s Second Constituent Assembly Election.” December 6, 2014.
2014 South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin. Paper title: “Let Us Write Our Own Constitution”: Public Assertions of Birganj’s Frustrated Youth.” October 19, 2014.
2013 American Ethnological Society and Association of Political and Legal Anthropology Conference, Chicago, IL. Talk Title “Losing Hope for the Future: Waiting in Nepal’s Post-Conflict Period.” April 11, 2013.
2012 Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies Annual Conference, Kalamazoo, WI. Talk Title: “The Production of Politics: Contingency and Collaboration in Ethnographic Fieldwork.” September 22, 2012.
2012 Colloquium Speaker, South Asian Studies Department, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. Talk Title: “Judicious Opportunism in Nepali Activism.” April 19, 2012.
2012 Radical Democracy Workshop, Columbia University & The New School of Social Research. Paper Title: “Consensus in Deliberative Form on Nepal’s Constituent Assembly.” April 8, 2012.
2012 South Asian Conference of the Pacific Northwest. Paper Title: “Decision Making On Nepal’s Constituent Assembly.” March 3, 2012.
2011 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, Montreal, CA. Paper title: ” Blank Canvas?: Aspiration and Youth Political Action.” November 16-20, 2011.
2011 Invited Lecturer, Anthropology and Sociology Department, George Mason University. Talk title: “Space within Limits: How Nepali Student Activists position themselves in the political landscape.” April 21, 2011.
2011 Invited Lecturer, Legal Studies Program, University of Massachusetts. Talk title: “Space within Limits: How Nepali Student Activists position themselves in the political landscape.” February 15, 2011.
2010 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, New Orleans, LA. Paper title: “Finding Space Within Limits: Youth Activist’s Playful Techniques.” November 21, 2010.
2010 Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Paper title: “A Mode of Political Being: Conspiracy in Nepali Politics.” March 27, 2010.
2010 Invited Speaker, The Levin Institute, “Hope in the Law and the Economy” Conference. Talk title: “Complete Abeyance: Hope, Endpoints, and Nepali Youth Politics.” March 25 and 26, 2009.
2009 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Paper title: “Habits of Uncertainty: Speculation as a Methodological Tool.” December 4, 2009.
2009 University of Washington, The James Clowes Center for Conflict and Dialogue Comparative History of Ideas Program (CHID), “States of Violence: Representations of Conflict in The Film, Fiction, and Media of South Asia” Conference. Paper title: “Greasing the Political Machine: Nepali Media Producing Politicians and Student Activists Producing News.” February 20, 2009.
2008 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, San Francisco, CA. Paper title: “Youth Claims: A Deployable Political Demographic of the Future.” November 21, 2008.
2008 South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin. Paper title: “Imperfect Replication: Conceptions of Youth and the Form They Take in Nepali Political Culture.” October 18, 2008.
2006 Invited Participant, Law and Society Association Student Workshop, LSA Annual Conference, Washington D.C., July 4-5, 2006.
2005 South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin. Paper title: “New Generation and New Representation: The Role of Student Movements in Politics and Civil Society.” October 18, 2005.
2002 South Asian Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin. Paper title: “Union under the Sun: Exchange as a Trope of Habitus in Sahar Tara, Dolpo, Nepal.” October 8, 2002.

Service, Conference and Program Organization

2016 Panel Organizer and Chair, Association of Asian Studies (AAS) Conference, Seattle, Washington. Panel title: “Aftermath: The imprint of state-society relations on disaster response in South Asia.” March 31-April 3, 2016.
2016 Panel Organizer and Chair, Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies Annual Conference, Austin Texas. Panel Title: “The Tarai in Nepal’s National Imaginary.” February 25 – 28, 2016.
2013-2015 Article Reviewer for Geoforum, Himalaya, and Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees
2013 Panel Organizer, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies and Social Science Baha Annual Workshop Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal. Panel Entitled, “Reevaluating Youth: New Trajectories in Post-Conflict Nepal.” July 24-25
2013 Panel Organizer and Co-Chair, American Ethnological Society and Association of Political and Legal Anthropology Conference, Chicago, IL. Panel Entitled, “Interrogating the ‘post-conflict’: temporality, affect and social transformation in South Asia and beyond.” April 11, 2013
2012 Book Reviewer, Asian Studies, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
2012 Peer Reviewer, Asian Survey
2011 Peer Reviewer, International Journal of Conflict and Violence
2011 Panel Organizer and Chair, American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, Montreal, Canada. Panel Entitled, “Analytic Potentiality: Aspiration as an Anthropological Category.” November 16-20, 2011.
2011 College Preparation Mentor for Refugee Students. East African Community Services, Puget Sound.
2010-2011 Editorial Intern, Cultural Anthropology Journal.
– Co-Produced the Virtual Issue on Youth and Anthropology: http://www.culanth.org/?q=node/396
2008 Panel Organizer and Chair, American Anthropological Association (AAA) Conference, San Francisco, CA. Panel Entitled, “The Slippery Space of Analytic Interface: Paradigms of Knowledge in Ethnography.” November 19, 2008.
2008 Panel Organizer, South Asia Conference, Madison Wisconsin. Panel Entitled, “An Exploration into Nepali Cultural Conceptions of the Category of Youth.” October 17, 2008
2005-2006 Communication Liaison, Association of Political and Legal Anthropology.
2004-2005 Conference Organizer, South Asian Regional Student Leader Conference: Establishing an Agenda for Change through Dialogue, Kathmandu, Nepal. Sponsored by the American Mission, Nepal. February 2005.
2005 Drafted and presented a report to the American Association of Anthropology’s (AAA) Resolution on Nepal’s Human Rights Situation.
2005 Organized and wrote report to United Nations for the Nepal Student Rights Campaign. Report Title, “Synopsis of Nepali Student Activists’ Political Situation.”
2002–2003 Conference Coordinator, Cornell University. “Andean and Himalayan Maoist Movements: A Comparative Workshop on Social Conflict in Nepal and Peru.” April 13, 2003.
1999 Theology Program Organizer, Bard College.
1997–1999 Religion and Anthropology Department Hiring Committees, Bard College.

Languages

Nepali (Fluency)
Hindi (Elementary Proficiency)
Sanskrit (Reading Fluency)