Associate Professor, Anthropology
Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies
Ph.D. Anthropology, Rutgers University, 2006
Border wars and counterinsurgency; militarism and humanitarianism; race, gender, and religion; environmentalism and climate change; occupation and human rights; space and place; water and infrastructure.
ANT 300- Anthropological Theory
ANT 400- (Selected Topic) Gender and Conflict in South Asia
ANT 600- (Selected Topic) Gender and Conflict in South Asia
Mona Bhan is a cultural
anthropologist whose work explores the role of economic and infrastructural
development in counterinsurgency operations and people's resistance movements
to protracted war and conflict. Her areas of specialization include border wars
and counterinsurgency, militarism and humanitarianism, race, gender, and
religion, environmentalism and climate change, occupation and human rights,
space and place, water and infrastructure in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Her book, Counterinsurgency, Development, and the
Politics of Identity: From Warfare to Welfare? (Routledge, 2014), examines the relationship
between everyday forms of militarization and social life in Kashmir, with a
focus on how state-based economic development and environmental interventions
normalize everyday forms of violence through registers of care, compassion, and
In 2018, she co-authored Climate without Nature: A
Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene (Cambridge University Press), with an environmental archeologist
to challenge the modernist binaries between nature and humanity, and offer a
situated and place-based assessment on how human and nonhuman entanglements
produce climatic assemblages across space and time.
With her colleagues from the Critical Kashmir Studies
Collective that she helped co-found in 2013, she co-edited Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (University of Pennsylvania Press
2018). Envisioned as a critical feminist collaboration among scholars who do
engaged and advocacy work in Kashmir, the book foregrounds voices of Kashmiri
scholars, and explores the social and legal logic of India’s occupation of
Before coming to Syracuse, Mona taught at DePauw for twelve years
where she was the Otto L. Sonder Jr. Chair of Anthropology. In 2013 she
received DePauw's United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award.
Mona is co-editor of the HIMALAYA, the flagship journal
of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, and on the editorial board
of AGITATE, published through the University of Minnesota Libraries. Her
writings and interviews have appeared in several media and print outlets such
as the BBC, Al Jazeera, TRT, Kindle, Open Democracy, and Outlook.
Bhan, Mona. 2014/2015, Counterinsurgency,
Democracy, and The Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare?” London, NY: Routledge.
Bhan, Mona. 2018, Climate
without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press. Co-authored with Andrew Bauer.
Bhan, Mona. 2018, Resisting Occupation in Kashmir. Philadelphia: University of
Pennsylvania Press. Co-edited
with Haley Duschinski, Ather Zia and Cynthia Mahmood.
A special issue on
"States of Occupation: Beyond Self Determination, Sovereignty, and Human Rights." The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law. 49(3). With
Articles, Book Chapters, Reviews
Bhan, Mona. "Infrastructures
of Occupation: Mobility, Immobility, and the Politics of Integration in Kashmir. In Freedom's Open Wounds (Ed) Ayesha Jalal.
With Cambridge University Press.
Mona. "Geographies of Occupation in South Asia." A joint statement by
a group of South Asian Feminists, Ali, Nosheen et al., Feminist Studies, Forthcoming.
Mona. 2019. "Growing up with a Pakistani Butta Grandfather." In A Desolation called Peace: An Anthology of Writings on Kashmir,
(Eds) Ather Zia and
Javaid Iqbal Bhat,Harper Collins.
Mona. 2018. "Jinn, Floods, and Resistant Ecological Imaginaries in Indian
issue on Gender and Kashmir in the Economic
and Political Weekly, (Eds). Nitasha Kaul and Ather Zia.
Bhan, Mona. 2018. "Rebels of the
Street: Violence, Protest, and Freedom in Kashmir." In Resisting Occupation in Kashmir, (Eds) Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan, Ather
Zia and Cynthia Mahmood,
University of Pennsylvania Press
Bhan, Mona. 2018."In Search of the
Aryan Seed: Race, Religion, and Sexuality in Kashmir."In Resisting Occupation in Kashmir, (Eds) Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan, Ather
Zia and Cynthia Mahmood,
University ofPennsylvania Press
Bhan, Mona. 2017. "Law Containing
Violence: Critical Ethnographies of Occupation and Resistance."
Introduction to Special Issue of Journal
of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law, (Eds)Haley
Duschinski and Mona Bhan, 49(3): 253-267.
Bhan, Mona. 2017. “Inside Kashmir: A
Heroic Fight for Justice." SAPIENS,
With Parvaiz Bukhari. May 25th.
Bhan, Mona. 2017. “Fluid Landscapes,
Sovereign Nature: Conservation and Counterinsurgency in Indian-controlled
Kashmir.” Critique of Anthropology 37
(2): 67-92. With Nishita Trisal.
Bhan, Mona. 2015. “On the Limits of
Reconciliation, In Conflicted
Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal,” (Eds). Chatterji,
Angana.P, Shashi Buluswar, and Mallika Kaur, Berkeley Haas: California, pp 242-244. With Deepti Misri.
Mona. 2016.“Welfare and the Politics and Historicity of the Anthropocene.”
Special Issue on Welfare in the South Atlantic Quarterly, 115 (1),61-87, (Ed). Anne-Maria Makhulu.
With Andrew Bauer.
Mona. 2014. "Aryan Valley” and the Politics of Race and Religion in
Kashmir.” Fieldsights -Hotspots, Cultural Anthropology Online, March 24th.
Mona. 2014. “Morality and Martyrdom: Dams, Dharma, and the Politics of Work in
Indian Occupied Kashmir." Biographies (Eds.). Purnima Bose and
Laura Lyons. 191-224.
Bhan, Mona. 2009. “Refiguring Rights,
Redefining Culture: Hill-Councils in Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir." Sociological
Bulletin 59 (1):71-93.
Bhan, Mona. 2013. “Refiguring Rights,
Redefining Culture: Hill-Councils in Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir." Republished in Routeing
Democracy in the Himalayas: Experiments and Experiences,(Eds). Vibha Arora and N. Jayaram, Routledge, India.
Bhan, Mona, 2009.
“Disarming Violence: Democracy, Development, and the Military in an Indian Borderland.” Journal of Asian Studies, 68: 519-542.
Bhan, Mona. 2008. “Border Practices: Labor
and Nationalism among Brogpas of Ladakh.”Contemporary South Asia, 16 (2):139-157.
Bhan, Mona. 2008.Newsrooms in Conflict:
Journalism and Democratization of Mexico. Sallie Hughes. University ofPittsburgh
Press, 2006. The Latin Americanist,
52 (2): 100-103. (Review)
Mona. 2008 Role and Image of Law in India:
The Tribal Experience. Vasudha Dhagamvar. Sage Publications, 2006.PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review,
Mona. 2007. “Rethinking Ethics.” AnthroNews,
December Issue. pp.48-49.
Bhan, Mona. 2006.“Military Masculinities” In
Men of the Global South: A Reader. (Ed) Adam Jones. London: Zed Books.pp
Bhan, Mona. 2009. “Military
Masculinities.” Republished in Recent
Research on Ladakh, Papers from the 12thColloquium of the International Association for
Bhan, Mona. “The States of
Occupation: Anthropological Perspectives.” Special Issue accepted by the Critique
of Anthropology. With Haley Duschinski, Tentative Publication Date of
Publication, pending review, June 2020.
Books, Articles, and Legal Reports under review
of Occupation: Dams and the Making of Political Borders in Kashmir," BookManuscript in preparation.
"Pye-Dogs, Counterinsurgency, and Azadi in Kashmir." Special issue
of Anthropology. (Eds) Bhan, Mona and Haley Duschinski, Tentative Date of
Publication, June 2020, pending review, Article co-authored with
Bhan, Mona, "Relating
Otherwise: A Sensorial History of Kashmir and Interreligious relations," Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly. With Deepti Misri, under review.
Bhan, Mona, (Legal Report)
"The Illegality of Legality: The History of Supreme Court decisions in Kashmir,1948-2018." For Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society,
Kashmir, With Haley Duschinski
and Magazine Articles
Bhan, Mona. "Kashmiri Pandits must
reimagine the idea of home," Al Jazeera, August 2019, with Deepti Misri.
Bhan, Mona. "The International
Community must Intervene on Kashmir," Open Democracy, August 2019, with
Haley Duschinski and Goldie Osuri.
Bhan, Mona. "A Pandit Across the
Lidder," Outlook, June 2018.
Bhan, Mona. “A Pakistani Pandit?” Raiot, August 2016.
Bhan, Mona. “Divide and Rule.” Kindle Magazine, April 2016.
Bhan, Mona. “Fluid Landscapes: The Politics of Conservation
and Dislocation” Greater Kashmir, with
Nishita Trisal, June 28th, 2009
Bhan, Mona. “Growing chasm.” Indian Express, Delhi, with Debarati
Bhan, Mona. “Booked for pleasure for
good.” Indian Express, Delhi, 1997
Bhan, Mona. “The Gender Bridge.” Indian Express, Delhi, with Mushtaq A. Ahangar,
Bhan, Mona. “Where PG means pay and stay.”
Hindustan Times, Delhi. 1996
Cultural Anthropology; Politics of development; Infrastructure
and Materiality; Wars, militarization, and human rights; Environmentalism;
Climate change; Counterinsurgency; Culture and power; Local-global dynamics;
Gender; Feminist theory; Social theory; Political and Legal anthropology;
Transnationalism; Ethnicity and Nationalism; Conflict and Violence; Research
methodologies including feminist methodologies; South Asia.
Research Grants and Awards
Asher Research Fund for Student-Faculty Research. "Digitizing
Family Archives, including prison diaries
and Journals," DePauw University (2018)
Joan Westman Faculty Fellowship: Book project
"Infrastructures of Occupation: Dams and themaking
of Borders in Kashmir, DePauw University 2017-2020
Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) Grant for my First
Year Seminar on "Cultures And
Climate" to develop interactive and community-based teaching modules,
Asher Research Fund for Research in India: “No River, No
Country: Dams, Water Bombs, and Climate
Change in Kashmir," DePauw University (2014)
New Directions Initiative Grant for the project “Intimate Histories, Public Archives: Re-reading Kashmir’s History and
Asher Research Fund for Research in India: “Sex, Race, Labor,
and Affective Economies in Ladakh,"
DePauw University (2012)
Faculty Summer Stipend to conduct fieldwork in Kashmir on
“Sex, Race, Labor, and Affective Economies
in Ladakh," DePauw University (2012)
John and Janice Fisher Fund Timeout for my book manuscript "Counterinsurgency
and Democracy in
India," DePauw University (2011)
Fisher Time Out to work on my book manuscript
"Counterinsurgency and Democracy in India," DePauw
Mellon Environmental Education Grant to
develop a new course entitled "Gender, Power, Environment,"
DePauw University (2010)
Faculty Summer Stipend, DePauw University (2007, 2009)
Faculty-Student Summer Stipend, DePauw University (2008)
Mellon Research Project entitled “European Enlightenment
beyond the Occident,” Participant, Grant submitted by David Alvarez, traveled to
India, Egypt, and Turkey to meet with academics and public intellectuals (2008)
Professional Activities Fund Award, Faculty of Arts and Science, Rutgers University (2006)
Graduate School Travel Grant for American
Anthropological Association Meetings in Washington,DC
South Asian Studies Program Research and
Travel Award, Rutgers University (2005)
Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship, Department of
Anthropology, Rutgers University (2004 - 05)
American Institute of Indian Studies
Junior Dissertation Fellowship (2003-04)
Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University (2001-04)
Graduate Student Excellence Fellowship,
Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University (2001-02)
Special Study Opportunity Award, Graduate
School, Rutgers University (2001, 2002)
Graduate Study Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University
Recent Guest Performances
Interviews, Articles, Pamphlets
Interview, The Intercept, September 10th,
Interview, TRT News, September 3rd, 2019.
Interview, Indus Special with Ejaz Haider,
August 16th, 2019.
Interview, Al Jazeera, August 16th, 2019.
Interview, Voice of America (urdu), August
Interview, CGTN America, August 8th, 2019.
Interview, Al Jazeera, August 7th, 2019.
Interview, BBC, Kashmir, August 5th, 2019.
Interview, The Scholar's Circle, India and
Pakistan tensions over Kashmir, July 20th, 2019.