Ph.D. 2005 (Anthropology and Environmental Studies), Yale University; M.E.S. 1998 (Environmental Studies), Yale University; B.A. 1992 (History), Carleton College.
Areas of Research/Interest:
Environmental anthropology; modern ecology and statemaking; sustainable design in urban settings; urban ecology
American Institute for Indian Studies, Senior Short Term Research Fellowship in support of the project, “Producing Green Expertise: Place, Pedagogy, and Sustainable Architecture in Mumbai,” 2011-2012.
The NYU Humanities Initiative, grant awarded in support of the “Situating Sustainability” Initiative, Fall 2010.
The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Research Network Grant to support the activities of “Citizenship, Civility, and Urban Sustainability Across Urban Asia.” 2009-2011.
The Golden Dozen Teaching Award, New York University College of Arts and Sciences, 2008.
The Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship, awarded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2007.
New York University Research Challenge Fund Grant, University Office of Sponsored Programs, 2006.
United States Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results Fellowship, 2000-2003.
Ecologies of Urbanism in India: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability.
Hong Kong University Press (May 2013).
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2013. Ecologies of Urbanism in India: Metropolitan Civility and Sustainability. Co-edited with K. Sivaramakrishnan. Hong Kong University Press.
2011. Reigning the River: Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu. Duke University Press. Summer 2011.
2011. “Housing in the Urban Age: Inequality and Aspiration in Mumbai.” With Nikhil Anand. Antipode 43.
2010. “Restoration and Revival: Remembering the Bagmati Civilization,” In Guneratne, Arjun (ed). Symbolic Ecologies: Nature and Society in the Himalaya. New York: Routledge.
2009. “When is Housing an Environmental Problem? Reforming Informality in Kathmandu.” Current Anthropology. PDF
2009. “Marking Remembrance: Nation and Ecology in Two Riverbank Pillars in Kathmandu.” In Walkowitz, Daniel and Lisa Maya Knauer (eds). Narrating the Nation in Public Spaces: Memory, Race, and Empire. Duke University Press.
2008. “Fluid City, Solid State: Urban Environmental Territory in a State of Emergency.” City and Society 20(1). PDF
2008. “The Rural in the Urban: Human Settlements, River Territories and a Contingent State in Kathmandu.” In Social Sciences in a Multicultural World: Proceedings of the International Conference Held on 11-13 December 2006, Kathmandu. SASON/NCCR (Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research): Kathmandu. Pp. 367-374.
2008. “The Concept of Human Agency in Contemporary Conservation and Development Discourses,” with Michael R. Dove, Andrew Mathews, Jonathan Padwe, and Keely Maxwell. In McCay, Bonnie, Susan Lees, and Paige West (eds). Against the Grain: The Vayda Tradition in Human Ecology and Ecological Anthropology. Rowan and Littlefield.