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Jay Sharma

Jay Sharma

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PhD Advisor:

Azra Hromadžić

Susan Snow Wadley

Jay Sharma

Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department

Graduate Research Associate, South Asia Center

Graduate Student Dissertation Title

Rethinking Subaltern Politics: Adivasi Assertion for the Sovereignty Over Land, Forrest and Water in Premnagar, India


Jay Prakash Sharma is a doctoral candidate specializing in cultural anthropology and Adivasi (indigenous) studies. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled, “Revisiting Subaltern Politics: Memory, Spirituality, and Law.” His dissertation investigates how a local movement against limestone mining in a remote village of Jharkhand in India, is mediated by indigenous faith (religion), ethnic identity, and memory among Ho tribal community in Jharkhand. He received the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Junior Fellowship (2021-22) for conducting his year-long dissertation fieldwork. He has published his previous work in Economic and Political Weekly and the International Journal of Indigenous and Marginalized Affairs. He has also contributed a chapter on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Ho tribal community of Jharkhand, in the forthcoming book "Caste, COVID-19, and Inequalities of Care: Lessons from South Asia," Springer.