University of Pittsburgh
I am a cultural anthropologist interested in social inequalities (particularly those based on caste, gender, and religion), minority rights, and social movement.
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. I have an M.A. degree in Anthropology from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, I worked in development organizations in Kathmandu. My academic interests are social inequality, resistance, rights, and social justice. My current research focuses on a charismatic healing movement in Pokhara, Nepal, and, through this research, I am exploring how the participants of the movement, especially women, achieve their voice, equality, self-respect, and dignity. I occasionally write for Nepali newspapers on Dalit issues. My major publications include a book, The Stigma of the Name: Making and Remaking of Dalit Identity in Nepal (2013) published by Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, and an article "Speaking is Healing: Dalit Women Gian a Voice through a Charismatic Healing Movement in Nepal" published in the journal the Caste: Global Journal of Social Exclusion (2020).