Sara Shneiderman taught at Yale and Cambridge before coming to UBC in 2015. Her ethnographic research in Himalayan regions of Nepal and India, and Tibetan areas of China explores how members of marginalized communities produce identities and experience social transformation in contexts of political upheaval and natural disaster. Her first book, Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), offers new explanations for the powerful persistence of ethnicity as a category of identification today despite the increasing realities of mobile, translocal lives. She is also the author of several articles on the themes of Nepal’s Maoist and indigenous movements; ethnic classification, affirmative action, and the politics of recognition in South Asia; and borders and citizenship in the Himalaya.
Her current research explores the politics of state restructuring and reconstruction in Nepal’s post-conflict, post-disaster transformation, focusing on dynamics of citizenship, territory and religiosity, and is funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).