Bimbika Sijapati Basnett
Bimbika Sijapati Basnett holds a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2008). Her research was on gender and decentralisation of natural resource governance in the context of community forestry in the middle hills of Nepal. She received an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2003) and a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Macalester College, Minnesota (2002). She has worked on a number of research projects including adaptation to climate change (in the South Pacific); women- and child-focused planning, monitoring and evaluation (in the South Pacific); telecommunications and livelihoods (in the South Pacific); poverty and land management; participatory action research on community environmental needs (Nepal); and financial mechanisms for financing protected areas.
Mukta S. Lama (Tamang)
Mukta S. Lama (Tamang) completed his PhD from Cornell University with the dissertation entitled ‘Himalayan Indigeneity: Histories, Memory, and Identity among Tamang in Nepal’. His publications include ‘Cultural Diversity and Democracy in Nepal’, Himalayan Research Bulletin, (21)2, 2002, ‘The Working of Democracy in Nepal’, Seminar, April 2005, ‘Emotional Aspects of Peer Relations among Children in Rural Nepal’ (with Pamela Cole and Alice Walker), in X. Chen, D.C. French, and B.H. Schneider (eds.) Peer Relationships in Cultural Context (2006), and ‘Culture, Caste and Ethnicity in the Maoist Movement’, Studies in Nepali History and Society, (11)2, 2006.
Hari Sharma is currently Director of Alliance for Social Dialogue, Social Science Baha. He has served in the government and academia in various capacities. He has 15 years of teaching experience in various academic institutions and departments of political science such as Tribhuvan University’s (TU) Central Department of Political Science, Ratna Rajya Campus (TU), Kathmandu College of Management and the Kathmandu University Media Program. He completed his Master’s degree in political science from Tribhuvan University. He was a Fulbright scholar at Cornell University from where he received a Master’s degree in comparative politics. He is the co-author of Political Leadership in Nepal and Local Leadership in Nepal. He has also contributed chapters to various books.
This semester Mr. Sharma is co- teaching "Readings and Research on Comparative Social Sciences."
Office Hours: Fridays 1:30 p.m - 3:30 p.m
Jeevan Sharma has a PhD on migration and social transformation from Graduate School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh (2007). He studied Community Organization and Development at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and Social Work at St. Xavier's College, Kathmandu.
He works as a researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University in a research programme titled 'Crisis and Social Transformation in Nepal'. His current research projects include: a) conflict and local perceptions of social transformation in contemporary Nepal; b) gender and generation in Maoist organisations in Nepal; and c) conflict, migration and social transformation in Nepal. He is an associate fellow at the Centre for South for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and is associated with Social Science Baha, Kathmandu.
His recent publications include ‘On State Reconstruction in Nepal’, Economic and Political Weekly, 45(4), 2010, and ‘Practices of Male Labour Migration from the Hills of Nepal to India in Development Discourses: Which Pathology?’ Gender, Development and Technology, 12(3), 2008. He has also served as reviewer for research applications (ESRC/AHRC) as well as manuscript reviewer for journals and publishers.
Sudhindra Sharma is Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Analysts, a research organisation based in Kathmandu, Nepal, with which he has been associated since 1996. A sociologist by training, he completed his Master's from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, in 1992 and his PhD from the University of Tampere, Finland, in 2001. He was also awarded Docent in Development Studies at the University of Helsinki in February 2009.
He has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Institute of Asian Studies (Bangkok) and Center for Contemporary Theory (Baroda). Besides the long-term impact of foreign aid in developing countries, he is interested in the sociology of religions and has to his credit several research articles in journals and books published in Nepal and India. Sharma is also interested in quantitative social science research and has co-authored several tracker or longitudinal opinion surveys in Nepal and Afghanistan. Ever since its inception in 1998, Sudhindra Sharma has been associated with the Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues, first in the capacity of coordinator and then as a core moderator whereby he taught the modules on the introduction to sociology and anthropology, religion and society, development and society, and research methods.
He is the author of the book Procuring Water: Foreign Aid and Rural Water Supply in Nepal (2001) and a co-editor of the book Aid Under Stress: Water, Forests and Finnish Support in Nepal (2004). He has made several contributions to the policy papers brought out by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Helsinki.
Bandita Sijapati completed her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Her research interests include migration, transnationalism, citizenship, political psychology, research methodology, and civil conflicts. She holds a Master's degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor's from Macalester College, Minnesota.
Her most recent publications include ‘Nepali Transmigrants: An Examination of Transnational Ties Among Nepali Immigrants in the United States’, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 35-36, Autumn 2009-Spring 2010, ‘Public Discourse and Action to Address Madhesi Exclusion’ (forthcoming) and ‘Public Discourse and Action to Address Muslim Exclusion’ (forthcoming). She is also the co-author of A Kingdom under Siege: Nepal's Maoist Insurgency, 1996-2004(London 2005) and has presented papers at a number of venues, including Cornell University, Columbia University, City University of New York, The New School for Social Research and CNRS
This semester Dr. Sijapati is teaching "Research Methods" and co-teaching "Readings and Research on Comparative Social Sciences."
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Dambar Chemjong is currently a Ph.D. student in anthropology at Cornell University. His research interests include land, territoriality, indigeneity, naming and nation. He is currently conducting field research among the Limbus in Nepal. He completed his Master's degree in anthropology from Tribhuvan University (1996) and an M.Phil. in social anthropology from University of Bergen, Norway (2002). He has been teaching anthropology at the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University since 1996. He has co-authored a book entitled Issues and Experiences: Kamaiya System, Kanara Andolan and Tharus in Bardiya (2000). He frequently writes on indigeneity, nation, land ownership and the politics of indigenous peoples in Nepal.
Sambriddhi Kharel holds a PhD. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA (2010). She did her research on "The Dialectics of Identity and Resistance among Dalits in Nepal." She completed her Masters in Sociology from University of Louisville, KY, USA. Currently, she is a Senior Research Fellow at Nepa School. She has worked as a gender consultant and researcher on many projects. She was a visiting lecturer at TU MPhil program, Department of Education in 2012. She has also taught at University of Pittsburgh during 2003- 2010. She was won many awards including Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral fellowship for 2008-2009. Some of her publications include “The Dialectics of Identity and Resistance among Dalits in Nepal: An Example of Qualitative Research Methodology.” Special Issue: Social Sciences Methodology. Contribution to Nepalese Studies. Vol. 39:57-84. November 2012.Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS). Kirtipur. Nepal and “The Struggle for Full Citizenship for Dalits in Nepal: Approaches and Strategies of Dalit Activists,” in Dalits of Nepal: Towards Dignity, Citizenship and Social Justice. Himal Books: Kathmandu. November 2010.
This semester Dr. Kharel is teaching "Introduction to Gender Studies: Concepts, Approaches and Issues."
Office Hours: Thursdays 11:30 am to 1:30 pm