I am a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on two areas of inquiry:
firstly, the emergence of an ethnic identity among the Tharu of Nepal and its
relationship to processes of state formation, and secondly, the relationship between
environmentalism and globalization in Sri Lanka. My research in Nepal since 1989 has led
to a number of published articles and a book, Many Tongues, One People: The Making of
Tharu Identity in Nepal, published by Cornell University Press in 2002. My current work
focuses on the study of environmental issues in South Asia. I recently completed the
editing of a book on cultural understandings of the environment in the Himalaya, which
examines how different cultural groups in the region understand the concept of
environment and what practical consequences result from those understandings for
bio-physical processes. I am now working on a book on the development of ornithology as a
scientific discipline in Sri Lanka from colonial times to the present. 

I have been teaching at Macalester since 1995. 

EDUCATION: A.B., Dartmouth College, 1985; M.A., University of Chicago, 1987; Ph.D.,
University of Chicago, 1994 

Books

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Pathways to Power: The Domestic Politics of South Asia. (with Anita Weiss) (2014)

Pathways to Power introduces the domestic politics of South Asia in their broadest possible context,...

 

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The Tarai: History, Society, Environment (2011)

The Tarai: History, Society, Environment is a much-required addition to the still modest field of...

 

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Culture and the Environment in the Himalaya (2010)

For the last half-century, scholarship on human-environment relations in the Himalaya has focused on two...

 

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Dalits of Nepal: Towards Dignity, Citizenship and Justice (2010)

Dalits of Nepal: Towards Dignity, Citizenship and Justice is an interdisciplinary book that provides readers...

 

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Ethnicity, Inequality and Politics in Nepal (With Mahendra Lawoti). (2010)

The ‘surprising’ rise of identity politics after the restoration of democracy in 1990 led to...

 

Refereed Journals Edited

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Media Coverage of the Murders of Nepal's Royal Family, Himalayan Research Bulletin (2001)

This issue of the Himalayan Research Bulletin is devoted in part to a forum on...

 

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"Special issue on the Tharu.", Himalayan Research Bulletin (1999)
 

Articles

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"Tharu-State Relations in Nepal and India", Himalaya (2010)

This paper examines the relationship of the Tharu, one of the more numerous of the...

 

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“The Cosmopolitanism of Environmental Activists in Sri Lanka.”, Nature and Culture (2008)

This paper examines the emergence in Sri Lanka of transcultural thinking about environmental issues as...

 

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"Shaping the tourist's gaze: Representing ethnic difference in a Nepali village.", The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (2001)

A certain practice associated with the tourism industry in Nepal’s Chitwan district — the ‘village...

 

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Entries

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"Introduction: Situating Domestic Politics in South Asia", Pathways to Power: The Domestic Politics of South Asia (2014)
 

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"Sri Lanka", Pathways to Power: The Domestic Politics of South Asia (2014)
 

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"Introduction", Culture and the Environment in the Himalaya (2010)
 

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"Introduction", Regionalism and National Unity in Nepal (2009)

"Thirty-three years after it was first published, Frederick Gaige’s book, Regionalism and National Unity in...

 

Book Reviews

Other Papers, Articles and Opinion Pieces

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"Media Coverage of the Murders of Nepal's Royal Family", Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (2001)
 

Editorials

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"From the Editor", Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (2010)
 

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"The Tharu: Editorial", Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (1999)