Educational Background

  • B.A., Wesleyan
  • M.A. and a Ph.D., Michigan University at Ann Arbor

Research Interests

  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Feminist Theory/Method
  • Transnational Studies
  • Women and Development
  • Expressive Practices (folklore)
  • South Asia
  • Nepal

Courses

  • WMST 150 (Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies)
  • WMST 220 (Introduction to Feminist Theory in Practice)
  • WMST 251 (Women and Development)
  • WMST 270 (Gender in Culture, Power in Identity)
  • CAPS 431 (Women and the Penal System)
  • WMST/ANTH 273 (Women Writing Culture)

Selected Publications

Maithil Women’s Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border (2014). University of Illinois Press, forthcoming.

“Transnational Marriage: Modern Imaginings, Relational Realignments, and Persistent Inequalities.” Ethnos Journal of Anthropology (2013), special guest-edited issue on Tracing Sexualities and Intimacies in Out-of-the-Way Places, web published: 1-25.

“How Porous are the Walls that Separate Us? Feminist Pedagogy, Incarceration, and Disseminating Knowledge.” Co-author, Carol Wayne White. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations (special issue on Social Justice Action, Teaching and Research) (2012), vol 34:85-104.

"Talking Tools, Suffering Servants, and Defecating Men: The Power of Storytelling in Maithil Women's Tales." Journal of American Folklore (2009) vol. 122 (485): 267-296.

"Im/possible Lives: Gender, Class, Self-Fashioning, and Affinal Solidarity in Modern South Asia." Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (2009) vol. 15 (2): 243-272.

"Pond-Women Revelations: The Subaltern Registers in Maithil Women's Expressive Forms." Journal of American Folklore (2008) vol. 121 (481):286-318.

"Can Developing Women Create Primitive Art? and Other Questions of  Value, Meaning and Identity in the Circulation of Janakpur Art." Tourist Studies (2007) vol. 7 (2): 193-223.

"'Listen, Rama's Wife!': Maithil Women's Perspectives and Practices in the Festival of Sāmā Cakevā." Asian Folklore Studies (2005) vol. 64 (1): 1-38.

"Feminist Tigers and Patriarchal Lions: Rhetorical Strategies and Instrument Effects in the Struggle for Definition and Control over Development in Nepal." Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (2003) vol. 3 (2): 204-249.

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