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Lopita Nath

Dr. Lopita Nath

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of History,
Coordinator Asian Studies Program,
University of the Incarnate Word,
4301 Broadway, CPO# 64
San Antonio,Texas 78209
Ph: 210-832-2187 (O), 757-293-8727©
Email: nath@uiwtx.edu  

          

 Education:

 Ph.D, Gauhati University, Assam, India, 2002.

Dissertation Title: “The Socio-Economic History of Assam in the 18th and 19th Centuries: A Study of the Transition”.

 M.A., History, Cotton College, Guwahati, under Gauhati University, Assam India, 1989.

 B.A., History, Cotton College, Guwahati, under Gauhati University, Assam India, 1985.

 Honors, Awards, Recognition:

2015, Nominated for 2015 UIW Presidential Teaching Award

2015, Moody Professor Award, 2014-2015. University of the Incarnate Word

2014, Moody Professor Award, 2014-2015. University of the Incarnate Word.

2014 Walter G. Craddock Paper prize for best paper in European/Asian/Middle Eastern History by the Southwest Historical Association at the annual conference of the Southwest Social Science Association, April 17-19.

2013, Nominated for the Minnie Piper Professor Award, from UIW.

2013,  Sr. St. Pierre Cinquin Award for Faith (2012 Mission Continues Faculty Awards). University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.

2011, Nominated, UIW Presidential Teaching Award.

2004, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Grant, (Visiting Professor to the University of the Incarnate Word), Department of Education, USA.

2003,    South Asia Regional Fellowships, Social Science Research Council, New York.

2000,  Research Grant, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata,(Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of India).

1993,      Research Project Grant, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India.

1989,      Gold Medal for First Position in M.A.( History ), Gauhati University, Assam, India

1986-89,   State Merit Scholarship, Government of Assam, India.

1981-85,   State Merit Scholarship, Government of Assam, India.

1981,    National Merit Scholarship, Government of India.

 Awards:

 2016, FERA Award, 2016 Study Abroad Research

2016, Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2015-16 FERA Award, Travel to Nepal and Bhutan

2016, International Travel Grant to take students to India in summer 2016 from the International Programs for Course-based study abroad trip.

2014,  Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2014, International Travel Grant to take students to India in Spring 2014 from the International Programs for Course-based study abroad trip.

2013,  Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2013, International Travel Grant to take students to India in Spring 2014 from the International Programs for Course-based study abroad trip.

2012,  Faculty Endowment Fund Research Award, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas.

2012,  Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2012,  Travel Award for Research and Conference Presentation, from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, University of the Incarnate Word

2012, International Travel Grant to take students to India in Spring 2013, from the International Programs for Course-based study abroad trip.

2010,    Faculty Endowment Fund Research Award, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

2010, International Travel Grant to take students to India in Spring 2011, from the International Programs for Course-based study abroad trip.

2010,    Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2010,   Travel Award for Research and Conference Presentation, from the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word.

2010,  Travel Award for Research and Conference Presentation, from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, University of the Incarnate Word

2009,    Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2008,     Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

2007,      Faculty Development Fund Award for travel, University of the Incarnate Word.

 Recognition:

2015, Sikhs in Texas, Researcher, for the Exhibit: Sikhs: Legacy of The Punjab, at the Institute of Texan Cultures. February 19th to Dec. 31st, 2015.

2014, Picture Exhibit entitled: “Is this my Shangri-la? Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp”, at the Institute of Texan Cultures. February 1st to April 20th.

2014, Picture Exhibit entitled: “Is this my Shangri-la? Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp”, at the UIW Mabee Library. August 1st to May 2015.

2013, Mentor, McNair Scholars Program (UIW)

2012, Mentor, McNair Scholars Program (UIW)

2011, Mentor, McNair Scholars Program (UIW)

2009, Mentor, McNair Scholars Program (UIW)

 

 Teaching Experience:

 August 2013- Continuing
Associate Professor  and Chair of History
University of the Incarnate Word,

 

March 2012- Continuing
Associate Professor of History
University of the Incarnate Word,

 

August 2011-continuing
Coordinator Asian Studies Program,
University of the Incarnate Word.

 

August 2007- continuing
Assistant Professor of History,
university of the Incarnate Word,

 

August 2006-2007
Visiting Assistant Professor of History,
University of Virginia’s College at Wise,

 

August 2005-2006
Visiting Assistant Professor of History,
College Of William and Mary,
Lyon Gardiner Tyler Department of History,
Williamsburg, Virginia 23185

 

August 2004- June 2005,
Assistant Professor of History.
Fulbright Visiting Scholar,

University of the Incarnate Word,

San Antonio, Texas, 78209

 August 2003-December 2003, Visiting Assistant  Professor,

University of the Incarnate Word,

San Antonio, Texas, 78209,

1997 – 2006, Senior Lecturer, Cotton College, Guwahati.

Assam Educational Service, Department of Education, Government of Assam, India.

 1989-1996, Lecturer, Cotton College, Guwahati.

Assam Educational Service, Department of Education, Government of Assam, India.

 1994-1999 Guest Lecturer, Assam Administrative Staff College, Government of Assam, India.

 Courses Taught:

 

University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas

 Fall Semester 2017: Inquiry into the Modern World: World History (Honors), History of Modern China, Global Refugees (Service Learning Course), History Internship.

 Summer 2017: World History I

 Spring Semester 2017: World History II, History of South Asia, History of Korea

 Fall Semester 2016: World History I,  History of Modern Middle East, Global Refugees (Service Learning Course), History Internship.

 Summer 2016: Human Development in India (Study Abroad Course taught in India)

 Fall Semester 2015: Inquiry into the Modern World: World History (Honors), History of Modern China, History of India, History Internship.

 Summer II 2015: Holocaust and Global Human Rights, World History I.

 Spring Semester 2015: World History II, History of Japan, History of Modern Middle East,

 Fall Semester 2014: Inquiry into the Modern World: World History (Honors), History of Afghanistan, Global Refugees (Service Learning Course), History Internship.

 Summer II 2014: Global Human Rights, World History I.

 Spring Semester 2014: World History II, History of Modern India (Course-based trip to India), Introduction to Asian Studies

 Fall Semester 2013: Enquiry into the Modern World: World History (Honors), History of China, History of Islam

Summer I 2013: Global Human Rights, World History I.

 Spring Semester 2013: World History II (Two sections), History of India (Course-based trip to India), History of Southeast Asia

 Fall Semester 2012: World History I, Enquiry into the Modern World: World History (Honors), Introduction to Asian History, Global Refugees ( Service Learning Course)

 Summer I 2012: World History I, History and Literature of the British Empire ( Team Taught with Dr. Emily Clark)

Summer II 2012: Global Human Rights

 Spring Semester 2012: World History II (Two sections), History of Afghanistan, History of Modern China

 Fall Semester 2011: World History I, Enquiry into the Modern World: World History (Honors), History of Korea, History of Modern South Asia.

 Summer I 2011: Global Human Rights, World History I.

 Spring Semester 2011: World History II (Two sections), India (Course-based trip to India), Global Refugees

 Fall Semester 2010: World History I (Two Sections- one a Learning Community with World Religions), History of Afghanistan, History of Japan

Summer I 2010: Global Human Rights, World History II.

 Spring Semester 2010: World History II (Two sections), Modern China, History of the British Empire, World History I (Independent Study), Britain and Empire (Independent Study)

 Fall Semester 2009: World History I (Two sections), Migration Studies in Asia, Indian History in Film

 Summer 2009: Social Justice and Rights in South Asia, Refugee Studies in Afghanistan(IS), Human Rights in Asia and Africa (IS)

 Spring Semester 2009: World History II(Two sections), Post-Independence India, Rise of Modern China, World History I (Independent Study), Human Rights in Asia and Africa (IS)

 

Fall Semester 2008: History of Japan, Asia: Colonization/decolonization, World History I (Two sections), Asia: Colonialism, Imperialism and Nationalism (Independent Study).

Summer 2008: Human Rights in Asia

 Spring Semester 2008: History of South Asia, Migration Studies in Asia, World History II.

 Fall Semester 2007: History of China, World History I, History of US to 1865.

 University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Wise, Virginia, USA:

 Fall Semester 2006: History of Asia (Ancient times to 1500), History of Western Civilization -1500

Spring Semester 2007: History of Asia- Imperialism, Nationalism and Colonialism-1500-1970 (Topics), Human Rights in Asia (Topics), History of Western Civilization-1500-present.

 College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA:

 Fall semester 2005: History of South Asia(Survey), Topics course on Migration Studies in South Asia, Post- Independence India-1947-Present(Colloquium).

Spring Semester 2006: History of South Asia (Survey), Topics course on Human Rights in South Asia.

 University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas:

 Fall Semester 2004: Human Rights in the world and South Asia,

History of USA to 1865,

Spring Semester, 2005: History of USA since 1865,

Migration Studies in South Asia-Colonial and Post-colonial periods,

History of India-Colonial and Post-colonial Periods (Independent Study)

Thematic Lectures on Aspects of Indian Society and Culture

 Fall Semester, 2003: History of India- Colonial and Post-Colonial Periods,

History of USA to 1865,

Thematic Lectures on Aspects of Indian Society and Culture.

 Cotton College, Guwahati, India:1989-2004( These are yearlong courses taught every year)

Graduate Courses: History of Modern India-1700-1947

                               India’s Foreign Policy-1947-present

                               International Relations                

                               History of USA -1865

                               History of USA-Since 1865

                               History of the Far East- China and Japan                                                             

 

Undergraduate Courses: History of Modern India –Colonial Period

                                        History of Medieval Europe

                                        History of Modern Europe

 

Assam Administrative Staff College:

Teaching courses on Modern Indian History (1757 – Present) - Training Candidates for the Indian Administrative Services Examination, and Assam Civil Services.

 

Teaching and Research Fields:

World History
History of India and South Asia, Afghanistan
History of China
History of Japan
History of Korea
History of Islam, Modern Middle East
Global Refugees
Global Human Rights
History of USA
History of Europe
British Empire, Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies
History of Assam, Socio-Economic Transition, Social Change.
Migration Studies in Asia, Nepali Migration in South and Southeast Asia.
Studies in Ethnicity: Related to Northeast India.
Human Rights in Asia, Refugee Studies,

 

Publications:

 

Book:

The Nepalis in Assam: Ethnicity and Cross Border Movements in the Northeast, Minnerva Publications,Kolkata,India, 2003.

 

Articles in Journals and edited Books:

 

“One Nation, Two Diasporas: Nepali Migrants and Bhutanese Refugees in the United States”, in Ajay K Chaubey & Asis De (ed.), Mapping South Asian Diaspora: Recent Responses and Ruminations. Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India. 2017 (in Press).

 

Nath, Lopita and Anindita Dasgupta, Blurry Boundaries, Changing Landscape:

Evolving native-migrant relations in Assam, India. In Sivapalan Selvadurai and Habibah Ahmad (eds) Border studies at crossroads: Exploring the prospects. UKM Press, Bangi, Malaysia. 2017 (in Press)

 

Reading Refugee Stories: Five Common Themes Among Picture Books with Refugee Characters, Submitted to the Texas Journal of Literacy Education, (Accepted for Publication) September 2017.

 

“Labour Migration and Economic Enterprise: The Nepalis in Assam”, in Sikhamoni Konwar,(ed.) Historical and Socio-Cultural Aspects of North-East India, Vol.Two, New Delhi, Concept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd. 2016.

 

Refugee Resettlement in Amarillo, (Study 1, Part 2 . Qualitative Research and Field Observations), In Collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio, Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR), Institute for Economic Development. Sept. 2015.

 

Faunce, Menguc, Nath, Zmolek, A History of the World – Part 2, Under Contract with Cognella Publishing Company, www.cognella.com. (Target Publication  Date 12/15/2017) Three Chapters submitted. 

 

"Durable Solutions: Bhutanese Refugee Crisis and South Asia’s Geopolitics" Submitted

to Refugee Survey Quarterly. (Revised and resubmitted.)  August 2017

 

“Emergence of Buddhism in China during the Han Dynasty” In Florin Curta and Andrew Holt,  Ed.Great Events in Religion, An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History. ABC-CLIO    Greenwood. November 2016 

“Fourth Buddhist Council, ” In Florin Curta and Andrew Holt, Ed. Great Events in Religion, An  Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History. ABC-CLIO Greenwood. November 2016. Mahavira and the Foundation of Jainism, ” In Florin Curta and Andrew Holt, Ed. Great Events in Religion, An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in Religious History. ABC-CLIO Greenwood. November 2016

“Mahatma Gandhi's leadership of the Indian Independence Movement, ” In Florin Curta and Andrew Holt, Ed. Great Events in Religion, An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in             Religious  History.ABC-CLIO Greenwood. November 2016.

“Partition of India and the beginnings of the Hindu-Muslim Conflict (1947), ” In Florin Curta and  Andrew  Holt, Ed. Great Events in Religion, An Encyclopedia of Pivotal Events in  Religious History.   ABC-CLIO Greenwood. November 2016.

 

Book Review: Lopita Nath, South Asian History and Culture (2013): Partitioned Lives:

Migrants Refugees Citizens in India and Pakistan, 1947-1965, by Haimanti Roy, India, Oxford University Press, 2012, 254pp., ISBN:0-19-808177-4, South Asian History and Culture, 2013, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

 

Book Review: Lopita Nath, Millennial Asia (An International Journal of Asian Studies), November, 2013, 4(2). 237-240.William Dalrymple, Nine Lives: In Search of The Sacred In Modern India, (New York: First Vintage Departures Edition, Vintage Books ( A Division of Random House , Inc: 2011), 276pp.

 

Japan, Latin American Relations with”  In Thomas Leonard, ed Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations, CQ Press, Washington D.C. (2012)

 

“Taiwan, Latin American Relations with”, In Thomas Leonard, ed., Encyclopedia of U.S.-Latin American Relations.  CQ Press, Washington D.C.. (2012)

 

“Dumbarton Oaks Proposal”, In Thomas Leonard, ed Encyclopedia of United States-Latin American Relations, CQ Press, Washington D.C. (2012)

 

The Strength of Weak Ties: Role of Networks in Nepali Migration to South and Southeast Asia, 1900-2000, Bodhi-an Interdisciplinary Journal, Bodhi, 4 (1), 18-47, Kathmandu University, Nepal, 2010 (Came out in August 2011)

  Book Review: Mukhtar Mai and Marie Theresa Cuny, In the Name of Honor, in Millennial Asia (An International Journal of Asian Studies),1(1), January-June 2010.

 “A little of Nepal: The Nepali Diaspora in the US in an Age of Globalization”, Bodhi-an Interdisciplinary Journal, Bodhi, 3 (1), 106-119, Kathmandu University, Nepal, 2009 (Came out in January 2010)

 “Reconstructing the history of the Nepalis in Assam: A Look into the Sources”, in Ranju Bezbaruah, Priyam Goswami and Dipankar Banerjee (eds.) North-East India: Interpreting the Sources of its History. New Delhi, Aryan Books International, 2008. In association with Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.  

 “ Living the Dream: Experiences of a Fulbright Scholar-in Residence” in Zeeshan-ul-hassan Usmani and Nibir K. Ghosh (ed.), Beyond Boundaries: reflections of Indian and U.S. Scholars, iUniverse, Inc., New York,2007.

  “Displacement of Nepalis in North-East India” in INDIA: Large numbers of IDPs are Unassisted and in Need of Protection : A Profile of the Internal Displacement Situation , 3 May, 2007 ,  Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, Norwegian Refugee Council, Geneva, Switzerland, www.internal-displacement.org.

 “Migration ,Insecurity and Identity: The Nepali Dairymen in India’s Northeast”, Asian Ethnicity. Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.June ,2006.

 “Displacement of Nepalis in North-East India” in INDIA: Tens of Thousands Newly Displaced in North-eastern and Central States :A Profile of the Internal Displacement Situation ,9 February, 2006 ,  Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, Norwegian Refugee Council,  Geneva, Switzerland, www.internal-displacement.org.

 “The Nepalis in Assam: A Question of Identity”, in Bimal J. Deb (ed) Ethnic Issues, Secularism and Conflict Resolution in North East India, New Delhi, Concept Publishing Company. 2006. In association with North-East India Council for Social Science Research, Shillong. 

 “Migrants in Flight: Conflict-Induced Displacement of Nepalis in Northeast India”, Peace and Democracy in South Asia Journal, www.pdsajournal.com. January,2005. Excerpts published in the IDP Global Project, of the Norweigian Refugee Council, www.idpproject.org

 “Understanding Internal Migration Among the Nepalis In Assam: Trends and Issues”, in  Home Away From Home: Inland Movement of People in India, ed. Mahavir Singh,, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute Of Asian Studies , Kolkata.2004

 “Conflict Afflicted Nepalis In Assam : The Reality,” In Nepalis In North-East India-A Community In search of an Indian Identity, A.C. Sinha & T.B. Subba (eds), Indus Publications, New Delhi,2003.

 “Neo-Vaishnavism, Sanskritization and Social Change in Pre-colonial Assam”, Seminar Volume, Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan SamitiAssam.2003.

 “Labour Migration In an Earlier Phase of Global Restructuring: The Nepali dairy Farmers in Assam,” Proceedings of North east India History Association, XXIII Volume, Shillong, 2003.

 The Nepalis in Assam: here they belong, The Assam Tribune, July, 1, 2002. www.assamtribune.com.

 `The Orunudoi: A Harbinger of Social change in the Nineteenth Century Assam’, Proceedings of the NEIHA. XXth, Session.2000.

 `Aspects of the Assam – Bengal Trade during the Last Days of the Ahom Monarchy’ – Proceedings of the North east India History Association, XIXth Session,  1999.

 ‘Raj Mohan Nath and His Contributions–A Tribute’, Journal of the Assam Research Society, Vol. XXXIII, 1997.

 Transition in the 18th and 19th Century Assam: Nature and forces’, Journal of the   Assam Research Society, Vol. XXIII, 1997

 Creative Presentation:

 Is This My Shangri-la: Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp, Photo Exhibit, Southern Arkansas University, January 2016-February 2016. Presentation and exhibition.

 Sikhs in Texas,  Researcher and Contributor, for the Exhibit, Sikhs: legacy of  the Punjab, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas, Feb 19, 2015-December 2015.

 Is This My Shangri-la: Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp, Photo Exhibit, UIW Mabee Library, San Antonio, Texas, August 2015-May 2015.

 Is This My Shangri-la: Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp, Photo Exhibit, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas, Feb.1 2014-April 20, 2014. 3  Based on Research.

 Reviewer for External Academic Journals:

 Reviewer: Asian Ethnicity, Framing the tribal: Ethnic violence in Northeast India, Manuscript No: AE 1407-24. 7-13-2014.

 Reviewed Book Proposal: The Protection of Vulnerable Groups under International Human Rights Laws by Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton from American University Washington College of Law. Aspen College Series, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

 Reviewer: International Journal of Arts and Humanities, “Position of Women in Ancient Assam (C.E 4th to C.E 12th Century) - A study   in a Historical perspective” Manuscript Number: OIJAH-13-036, 12-6-2013

 Reviewer,   International Journal Of Peace And Development Studies, IJPDS

(http://www.academicjournals.org/IJPDS ), reviewing manuscript

Entitled “Kashmir Conflict: The Process of Conflict Resolution And Conflict Management”. July 2011.

 Reviewer, International Journal Of Peace And Development Studies, IJPDS

(http://www.academicjournals.org/IJPDS ), manuscript

Entitled, “Somalia Drowns as the World Watches:  Is Somalia’s Civil War Too Complex for the World to Resolve?”. May 2011.

 Research in Progress and Forthcoming Publications:

 Nath, Lopita and Anindita Dasgupta, Blurry Boundaries, Changing Landscape:

Evolving native-migrant relations in Assam, India. In Sivapalan Selvadurai and Habibah Ahmad (eds) 2017 Border studies at crossroads: Exploring the prospects. UKM Press, Bangi, Malaysia, (In Press)

 Refugee Resettlement in Amarillo, (Study 1, Part 2 . Qualitative Research and Field Observations), In Collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio, Center for Community and Business Research (CCBR), Institute for Economic Development. Sept. 2015.

 Faunce, Menguc, Nath, Zmolek, A History of the World – Part 2, Under Contract with Cognella Publishing Company, www.cognella.com. ( Target Publication  Date 12/15/2016)

 Andrade, Lydia, Nath, Lopita and Scott Dittloff. Course Based Study Abroad: How to Create a Truly Transformative Experience,  Proposal Accepted (Under Contract) with Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group ( Manuscript Submission date 08/31/2018).

 Is this my Shangri-la? Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Book Manuscript in progress

 “Nepali Migration to Assam: An Enduring Story”, article submitted for edited book on Nepalis in Assam ( Forthcoming).

 “The Socio-Economic History of Assam in the 18th and 19th Centuries: A Study of the Transition”. Dissertation being revised for publication.

 Conference Presentation and Participation:

 From the United States to the Camps in Nepal: Challenges and Impact of the Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement, in a panel Nepali-Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement: A Retrospective Look at the First Decade, presented at the Himalayan Studies Conference V, to be held in Boulder, Colorado, USA from September 1-4, 2017

 Refugee Resettlement in the Texas Panhandle: Towards a Positive Approach, In a Panel on Population Change in Texas, with Co-Author Sherryllynn Roberts, UTSA, at Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Austin Texas, April 13-15, 2017.

 Reading Refugee Stories: Preparing K-12 Teachers to help students understand Global Issues,  in a panel “War and Its Effects”, with Co-Author Stephanie Grote-Garcia, UIW, at Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Austin Texas, April 13-15, 2017.

 Undergraduate Research Activities in the Classroom – Workshopping Roundtable Mentor, at  Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Austin Texas, April 13-15, 2017.

 Understanding Refugee Resettlement: Mentoring Refugees from Africa (Undergraduate Student Panel), Chair and Organizer, at Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Austin Texas, April 13-15, 2017.

 Refugee Resettlement from the Middle East: Experiences of Students Working with Refugees (Undergraduate Student Panel), Chair and Organizer, at Southwest Social Science Association Annual Meeting, Austin Texas, April 13-15, 2017.

 Development of Intercultural Understanding Through Service Learning, with Lydia Andrade and Scott Dittloff, at the Fifteenth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii., January 8-12, 2017.

 Global refugee crisis and South Asia’s geopolitics: The case of the Bhutanese refugees, Presented at the Himalayan Policy Research Conference, October 20, 2016, in Madison, Wisconsin, at the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 45th Annual Conference on South Asia (October 20-23, 2016)

 Education, Health and Social Safety Nets, panel Chair, at the  Himalayan Policy Research Conference, October 20, 2016, in Madison, Wisconsin, at the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 45th Annual Conference on South Asia (October 20-23, 2016)

 President, Local Chair and Organizer, 45Th Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Tx, October 14-15th, 2016.

 Living in a Foreign Land: resettlement challenges of the Bhutanese Refugees in the United States. Presented at Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, Texas Christian University in Dallas, Fort Worth, Nov 5-7, 2015

 “Reaching Diverse Groups through Interfaith Community Service”, Presentation at the 5th President’s Fifth Annual Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Fall Gathering , Howard University, Washington D.C. September 10-11, 2015 ( With Monica Cruz, Director ECCL and Maria Bedolla and Irene Tombo (Students)

 In Search of Shangri-la: Challenges of Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the United States, Presented at the Southwest Historical Association at the Annual Conference of the Southwest Social Science Association, April 8-11, 2015, Denver, Colorado.

 Seeking Shangri-la: Pathways to Assimilation, Moody Lecture, Presented at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, January 12, 2015.

 Interfaith Initiatives in the Bible Belt, Presented at the NAFSA Regional Conference, Fort Worth, Tx. November 3-5, 2014.

 Seeking Shangri-la: Pathways to Assimilation, Moody Lecture, Presented at UIW Mabee Library Auditorium, October 30th 2014.

 Challenges of Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the United States: Towards a more Culturally Specific Approach, Presented at the 43rd Southwest Conference on Asian Studies at Lawrence, Kansas , October 3-5, 2014.

 Legality, Accountability and Responsibility: the case of the Lhotshampa Refugees from Bhutan. Presented at the Southwest Historical Association at the Annual Conference of the Southwest Social Science Association, San Antonio, April 17-19, 2014, was awarded the Walter G. Craddock Paper prize for  best paper in European/Asian/Middle Eastern History.

 Legality, Illegality and Accountability: The Case of the Lhotshampa Refugees from Bhutan, Presented at the 11th Annual Course on Forced Migration, including a Special Workshop on Humanitarian Disasters, Human Rights Violations and Social Media Journalism, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, 7th-14th December, Kolkata, India. 2015

 Gross National Happiness: Bhutan’s Exclusive Nationalism and Lhotshampa Refugees, Presented at the 42nd Southwest Conference on Asian Studies at Houston , October 18-19, 2013.

 “Diaspora Made, Unmade and Remade: The Bhutanese Refugee Crisis”, presented at the The International and Interdisciplinary Conference on ‘Knowledge, Reality and Value: East and West’, ( Sponsored by: Center for Spirituality, Ethics and Global Awareness, Davis & Elkins College), January 3rd-January 5th 2013, Kolkata, India. https://iccsa.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/kolkata-conference-jan-2013/

 Attended the U.S. Catholic Mission Conference 2012 on Inter-religious Dialogue at Los Angeles, California, October, 25-28, 2012.

 “Ethno-Nationalism, Forced Migration and Refugees: Making of the Bhutanese Diaspora in the U.S.” at a panel on Health, Human Rights, and Social Work in South Asia.

Presented at the 41st Southwest Conference on Asian Studies at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas , October 5-6, 2012.

 “Forced Migration, Refugees, and the Making of a Diaspora: The Lhotshampas from Bhutan in the U.S.,” on a panel on: NATION AND ALIENATION: GENDER AND ETHNICITY. Paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 31- April 3, 2012, at  San Diego, California.

  “The Refugee Resettlement Project,”  on the panel on: “Service Learning Strategies Based In a Culturally Competent And Developmentally Appropriate Framework” , with Maria Felix Ortiz and Earl Harmsen. At the Southwestern Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 31- April 3, 2012, at  San Diego, California.

 Ethnic Identity, Forced Migration, and the Creation of a Diaspora: The Lhotshampa Exodus from Bhutan, Paper presented at the International Conference on Meanings, Cultures and Values, New Delhi, January 5-7, 2012.

 “Is this my Shangri-la? The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio,Tx,” Paper  presented at the 40th Annual Southwest Conference on Asian Studies , Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, September 30-October 1, 2011

 “Blurry Boundaries, Changing Landscapes: Evolving Native Migrant relations in India’s Northeast” in Panel Titled: Boundaries, Border-Crossings and Migrant-Identity: Asian Perspectives. Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies, Annual meeting, at Honolulu, Hawaii, March31-April 3, 2011. Panel chair and Organizer.

 Is this my Shangri-la? The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio, Texas, Poster presentation, Annual Research Day, University of the Incarnate Word, February 25, 2011.

 “Resettlement of Bhutanese Refugees in the U.S.: A Comparative Study in San Antonio, Texas”  Invited speaker at the First SEWA National Conference on Bhutanese Empowerment, Atlanta, Georgia, April 17-18, 2010

 “Are we home yet? The Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement Program in San Antonio, Texas.” Paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 31- April 3, 2010, at Houston, USA.

 Organizer & Discussant, “Globalization of Human Rights: Solutions for a Better World” , World History Association of Texas, St. Edward's University, Austin, Tx, February 27-28, 2010

 Invited Speaker at the SOL Center, Seminar on Three part Series “Immigration through the Lens of Faith”: Presentation on “Migration, a global Challenge: The Root Causes”, March 2010.

 “Economic Opportunity and Migrant Enterprise: Nepali dairy farmers in Northeast India” Paper presented at the 38th Annual Southwest Conference on Asian Studies , University of Texas at Austin, Texas, October 3-4, 2009.

 “Off the Beaten Path: Changing Patterns of Nepali Migration in Asia” Paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 8-10,2009, at Denver, Colorado, USA.

 “Migration Studies as a Key to Understanding World History: The Asian focus”, Paper  presented at the World History Association of Texas 2009 Conference, Austin, Texas, 21-22 February 2009.

 Organizer and Chair, “East Meets West: Globalization and its Effects on Asia”, Undergraduate Panel Presentation, World History Association of Texas 2009 Conference,  Februaury, 21-22, 2009, Austin, Texas.

 “A little of Nepal: The Nepali Diaspora in the USA in an Age of Globalization” presented at the  37th Annual Southwest Conference on Asian Studies , Sam Houston University, Huntsville, Texas, October 3-4, 2008.

 The strength of Weak Ties: Role of Networks in Nepali migration to South and Southeast Asia, 1900-2000, presented at a Panel on Migration and New Homelands, Association for Asian Studies, Annual meeting, at Atlanta, Georgia, April 5, 2008.

Compatriots, Friends and Brothers: Role of Networks in Nepali Migration to South and Southeast Asia, 1900-2000,  Poster presentation, Annual Research Day, University of the Incarnate Word, February 29, 2008.

Workshop “Integrating Social Justice Themes in the Curriculum”,
University of the Incarnate Word, January 25-26, 2008.

 Panel on Teaching Human Rights, presented at the Southern Political Science Association, Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January 10th, 2008

 Understanding the South Asian Diaspora, Presented as a part of the Special Lecture Series on Immigration at University of Virginia’s College at Wise, October 11th, 2007.

 Nepali Migration to South and Southeast Asia: Assessing the role of Social Networks in Migration, Settlement and Community Formation. Presented at the 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 11-14, 2006 at Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dynamics of Cross-Border  Migration in South Asia since the 1950’s, Paper presented at the South Western Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 26,2005, at New Orleans, USA.

 Human Rights in South and Southeast Asia, Presented as an Occasional Lecturer Program, San Jose State University, San Jose City, California.

 “The Melting Pot of Milk: Nepali Migrants in Northeast India”,  For Social Science Research Council, New York. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 13-16,2005 at Honolulu, Hawaii.

 “Cross–border Migrations and India’s Look East Policy: Implications for Northeast India”, presented as Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Program, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 14,2005.

 Workshop On Labour Migration at an Earlier Phase of Global Restructuring,Sponsored by SEPHIS and Xiamen University,Xiamen, China,in April 18-21,2004. Paper presented.

Labour  Migration in Nepal /Northeast India: A Comparison.Public Affairs Forum, Xiamen University, Xiamen China, April 20th 2004.

 National Seminar on Internal Migration, Sponsored By Maulana Abul kalam Azad Institute Of Asian Studies, Kolkata,16-118, December,2002.Paper presented.

XXIII Session of the North East India History Association, at Agartala,26-28September,2002.Paper presented

 

National Seminar on Sankardevas Contribution towards Socio -Economic Regeneration, Organized by Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan samiti, Assam ,5-6 October, 2002. Paper presented

 

Workshop On Democracy, Secularism and Human Rights, Organized by the Department of Political Science, Gauhati University and The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism , Mumbai,2nd-3rd April,2002.Participant.

Chairperson on the session on Women’s Rights in India, Workshop On Democracy, Secularism and Human Rights, Organized by the Department of Political Science, gauhati University and The Centre for Study of Society and Secularism , Mumbai,2nd-3rd April,2002.

Seminar -Cum Film Show on Peace and Conflict Resolution, Sponsored By United States , Office of the Consulate General, and Rotary Club Of Guwahati, at Guwahati , 20-21 March, 2002.Participant and discussant.

 National Seminar On Sources Of The History of North east India,12th-14th, March, 2002, Sponsored By Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. At Guwahati.Paper presented.

National Seminar on Changing Values Of Education, Org. by Cotton College, Centenary Celebration Committee, Cotton College Guwahati,20-21, January,2002.Paper presented “Impact of education in the changing values of the people of Assam in the Colonial period”.

 International Workshop On Guiding principles on Internal Displacement, Sponsored By Centre for Refugee Studies , Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and Norweigian Refugee Council, at Jadavpur University, Kolkata,28th-30th November,2001.Participant.

Seminar on "Ethnic Issues, Secularism and Conflict Resolution in North-East India", 25th  - 26th  April 2001, sponsored by North-East India Council for Social Science Research, Shillong, Meghalaya.Paper presented on The Nepalis in Assam - A Question of Identity .

 UGC Seminar on Higher Education and Social Changes In the North East, Radha Govinda Baruah College, Guwahati, 10-11 January, 2000.Paper Presented “Higher Education and Social Change in Assam in the 19th and 20th century”.

 XXth Session Of North east India History Session At Dibrugarh,16-18 Nov.1999

 XIXth Session Of North east India History Session At Kohima,3-5 Dec,1998.

 Professional Development:

 Panelist and Invited Talks:

 Invited Talk: Keynote Speaker, Refugee CIELO Banquet and fundraiser, House or Prayer and Catholic Charities, November 19th 2016

 Service Learning Presentation: Bandhwari Village, Sponsored by the ECCL and International Programs, for International Education Week,November 17th 2016

 Invited Speaker: Honors Convocation, University of the Incarnate Word, August 18th 2016.

 Invited Talk: Global Refugee Crisis and South Asia’s Geopolitics: Case of the Bhutanese Refugees, Presented at Department of History, Cotton College State Univerrsity, Guwahati, Assam, India, April 5th, 2016

 Invited Talk: Global Refugee Crisis, South Asia’s Geopolitics and Gender Issues: Case of the Bhutanese Refugees, Presented at Foundation Day Lecture, Women and Gender Studies Program, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India, March 29th, 2016

 Invited Talk: Global Refugee Crisis and South Asia’s Geopolitics: Case study of the Bhutanese Refugees, Presented at Special Lecture Series Dakshin Kamrup Girls College, Guwahati, Assam, India, March 21st, 2016

 Invited Talk: In Search of Shangri-la? Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Presented at Special Lecture Series Department of History, Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College, Guwahati, Assam, India, March 2nd 2016

 Invited Talk: Challenges of Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Presented at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kathmandu, Nepal Feb. 23, 2016.

 Invited Talk: Where is my Shangri-la? Challenges of Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement in the U.S. Presented at Special Lecture Series Department of History, Gauhati University, Assam, India, Feb. 4 2016

 Invited Panelist: Webinar on Refugee Issues, White House Office of Neighborhood Partnershiips, Washington D.C. December 16, 2015.

 Invited Talk: Is This my Shangri-la- Life in a Bhutanese Refugee Camp, Presented at Southern Arkansas University, (Research Presentation on the Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement And also introduce Photo Exhibit). October 26th 2015

 Organizer and Facilitator Student Panel on “ The Holocaust: Implications for Today” at the 3rd Annual Interfaith Regional Conference, Hosted by UIW Interfaith Council and UIW Interfaith Student Organization. At Oblate School of Theology, October 23rd, 2015.

 Invited Speaker: Bhutanese Refugee Resettlement In the United States: Challenges and Impact, Women’s History Month Guest Speaker, University of Texas in San Antonio, Tx. Invited by Dr. Anne Hardgrove. March 25th, 2015

 Invited Speaker: Refugees Resettlement : Challenges and Impact. University of The Incarnate Word, Graduate Course, International Education, Dr. Sharon Herber. April,2015.

 Invited Speaker: Refugees, Resettlement , Challenges and Impact. University of  The Incarnate Word, Doctoral Course, on Global Trade and Investment, Dr. Annette Craven. March 7, 2015.

  Invited Speaker: Refugees and Challenges of Resettlement in San Antonio, Texas. Our Lady of the Lake University. For Dr. Ruth Fernandez, Graduate Course, at Bilingual & Culturally and Linguistic Diversity Certification Program, Communications & Learning Disorders Department. February 24th 2015

 Panel Moderator, Japanese Theater, Where Rivers Meet Symposium, Oct. 31, 2014

 Organizer, Student Presentation on Global Refugees Service Learning Project: Volunteering with and Mentoring Refugees in San Antonio, at UIW Mabee Library, Nov. 20, 2014.

 Moderator and Organizer: Sikhs in the United States, presented by Simranjeet Singh, Ph.D. Student at Columbia University, at UIW, Special Collections, Peace Day Program, 2014.

 Panel Organizer and Discussant: Inequality and Ethnic Conflict: Case Studies from India

(Undergraduate Student Panel), Presented at the 43rd Southwest Conference on Asian Studies at Lawrence, Kansas , October 3-5, 2014.

 Organizer, Student Presentation on Course Based Trip to India, Sept. 2014, UIW, Mabee Library.

 Participated and attended 11th Annual Course on Forced Migration, including a Special Workshop on Humanitarian Disasters, Human Rights Violations and Social Media Journalism, Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in collaboration with the UNHCR, New Delhi and the British Deputy High Commission, Eastern India, MAKAIS, Kolkata, and ICSSR, New Delhi, September 15th-14th December, Kolkata, India.

 Panelist: From Womb to the Tomb: Interfaith Panel, UIW International Education Week, November 21,2013.

 Panel: Refugee Stories: UIW Peace Day, October 2013.

 Panelist: Engaging in Interfaith Dialogue at the  White House Convening of US Institutions for “The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” September 2013.

 Attended White House Convening of US Institutions for “The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” September 2013.

 Panelist: Death and Grieving in different Faith Traditions, Peace Day Presentation, October 26, 2012.

 Supervisor, Student Peace Day Presentation, “Home Away From Home: Refugee Resettlement in the U.S.”, October 24, 2012.

 Attended White House Convening of US Institutions for “The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” July 2012.

Attended Workshop on “Reacting to the Past” at Schreiner University, Kerville, Texas. May 19-20, 2012.

 Panel Chair on “LOCATING IDENTITY: FROM MYCENAE TO BYZANTIUM”. at the Southwestern Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 31- April 3, 2012, at  San Diego, California.

  Panel Discussant on “IMMIGRANTS AND THE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE”. at the Southwestern Social Science Association, Annual Conference, March 31- April 3, 2012, at  San Diego, California.

 Invited Speaker, Sikh Research Institute, April, 2012

 Invited Speaker, 2012 Texas Pax Christi State Conference , on Where in the World is Compassion? Creating ongoing relationships for the Common Good, March 23-24, 2012, UIW , San Antonio, TX.

 Panelist , 2012 Texas Pax Christi State Conference, on Where is the World is Compassion? Creating ongoing relationships for the Common Good, March 23-24, 2012, UIW , San Antonio, TX.

Invited Speaker: Global Migration and Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio, SOL Center, University Presbyterian Church, February 28, March 1, 8, 2012.

  Invited Speaker “Lhotshampas from Bhutan,” for the Course on Refugees at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, Sept 22nd, 2011.

 Attended White House Convening of US Institutions to kickoff  “The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge” August 3rd 2011.

 Panelist, Workshop on “Service Learning: Can It Work for My Course?” , University of the Incarnate Word, July 13,2011.

 Panel chair and Organizer. “Blurry Boundaries,Changing Landscapes: Evolving Native Migrant relations in India’s Northeast” in Panel Titled: Boundaries, Border-Crossings and Migrant-Identity: Asian Perspectives. Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies, Annual meeting, at Honolulu, Hawaii, March31-April 3, 2011.

 Panelist: Dialogue: Listening and Understanding in World Religions, Peace Day Presentation, October 26, 2010.

 Supervisor, Student Peace Day Presentation, “Understanding the Refugee Crisis in Asia: Bhutanese and Burmese Refugees”, October 29, 2009

 Table Leader for Great Decisions Discussion on Egypt, World Affairs Council of San Antonio, October 22, 2009

 Reflector, 3rd Cross-Cultural Forum for Professional Development, Women’s Global Connection, University of the Incarnate Word, September 26th, 2009.

 Dialogue, with the Global Women Leaders, sponsored by the San Antonio Council for International Visitors and the Women’s Global Connection, UIW,  March 7th, 2009

 Supervisor, Student Peace Day Presentation, “Finding a Common Ground: Human Rights of the Children of the World”, October 29, 2008

 Reflector, 2nd Cross-Cultural Forum for Professional Development, Women’s Global Connection, University of the Incarnate Word, September 27th, 2008.

 A National Seminar on the Historiography of Indian History, sponsored by the University Grants Commission, at Guwahati, Assam, India. Participant.

 A National Workshop on Medieval Indian History, 7th October, 1995 to 21st October 1995, at the Centre of Advanced Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. Participant.

 A Seminar on American Historiography,at Puri from 5th September, 1994 to 7th September, 1994, under USIS, Calcutta, India. Participant and discussant.

 Membership in Professional Associations:

 Association for Asian Studies, USA
Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, USA
American Historical Association
Southwest Social Science Association, USA
Southwest Historical Association, USA
North East India History Association.
Assam Research Society.
Indian History Congress.

 Grants (Co-Author, Participant)

 2017: Interfaith Youth Corps Campus Innovation Grant- Co-author
2016-18: NEH Grant on "Trauma: Conflict and Aftermath.": Co-author
2011- 2013: NEH Grant on Water and Culture Grant

 Course Based Study Abroad Trips:

2016: Led a Study-abroad and Service Learning to India, with Lydia Andrade and Scott Dittloff,, Number of students: 15

2015: Led and Taught Study abroad course on Holocaust and Global Human Rights in Heidelberg, Germany, July 1st –August 1st 2015, Number of Students 24

2014: Led a Study-abroad and Service Learning to India, with Lydia Andrade and Scott Dittloff,, Number of students: 22

2013: Led a Study-abroad and Service Learning to India, with Lydia Andrade and Scott Dittloff, number of students 22

2011: Led a Study-abroad  trip to India, with Lydia Andrade. Number of students: 25