I am an anthropologist interested in the relationship between the environment, knowledge, and the everyday. My research focuses on the practices and beliefs through which an ethics of care for non-humans is shaped and nurtured, how this ethics evolves under political processes, and what the implications are for the relationship between humans and animals, and between humans and elements of the natural landscape, such as glaciers. I have been examining these questions in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir State in North India. My other research interests include questions related to climate change, state production in border areas, Buddhism and everyday life, and moral ambiguity. My work is underpinned by a keen interest for oral history and a commitment to ethnographic research.
Since 2015 I have been working on a project in the politically marginalized Himalayan region of Zanskar in India. I examine how citizens must develop technical expertise to address the consequences of climate change and of abandonment by the state. This includes the building of infrastructure like roads and irrigation canals and also other technologies related to natural disasters. I am also working on a biography of the Zanskar River, which is used as an ice road to travel in and out of Zanskar in winter.
My research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the International Development Research Centre, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, the Canadian Federation of University Women and the Canadian Anthropology Society. I hold a PhD in Anthropology from University of Montreal (2015). Prior to joining the University of Guelph, I was a Banting Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Yale University (2015-2017) and I was a Visiting Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (2012).