Speaker's Profile 

Sara Shneiderman

Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Sara Shneiderman is a socio-cultural anthropologist working in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India, and China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. She is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment across the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Department of Anthropology and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs/Institute of Asian Research. She is currently principal investigator for a three-year Partnership Development Grant from the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), “Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction”. She is also a collaborator on the NASA-funded collaborative project between Yale University and UBC, “Urban Growth, Land-Use Change, and Growing Vulnerability in the Greater Himalaya Mountain Range across India, Nepal and Bhutan” and a co-investigator on the University of Toronto based SSHRC Insight Grant, “Infrastructures of Democracy: State-Building as Everyday Practice in Nepal’s Agrarian Districts”. Her previous research focused on ethnicity, ritual, and cross-border mobility across the Himalaya, as detailed in her first book, Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India (University of Pennsylvana Press 2015). She has also published several articles about Nepal’s Maoist movement; ethnic classification, affirmative action, and the politics of recognition in South Asia; and borders and citizenship in the Himalaya. Since the 2015 earthquakes devastated the homes and livelihoods of her friends and research collaborators in the districts of Dolakha and Sindhupalchok, Shneiderman has endeavored to support relief and reconstruction efforts through engaged anthropological work, which shapes her formal scholarship on the topic.