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Graduate Student

Dennis

My current research is situated within the context of Nepal’s ongoing transition from Hindu monarchy to secular democracy. Specifically, I focus on the ways in which Brahmans, as a historically privileged group due to their high caste status, are negotiating new ideas of citizenship that integrate Hinduism and secularism. The particular ethnographic settings in which I work include emerging Hindu festivals and a private Brahman-run school.

Cieslak

Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, I received my BA in South Asian studies (emphasis in Hindi) and English literature in May 2011 from the University of Iowa. I first became interested in the “toilet problem” in India as part of my undergraduate Honors thesis, which explored the confluence of forces that contributed to inadequate public facilities for women in Pune.

Brant

I hold a BA degree in anthropology from UCLA (2006), and a MA from Cal State University, Northridge (2009). My MA research was conducted in Tarapaca Valley, Northern Chile where I examined rock art sites as a means for understanding the economic and ideological reorganization that followed Tiwanaku's collapse. Shifting my regional focus slightly, my doctoral research will focus on Late Intermediate Period (A.D. 1000-1450) Collao ritual architecture in the Titicaca Basin of southern Peru.

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