<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Cynthia K. Mahmood

Cynthia Keppley Mahmood
University of Notre Dame
Department of Anthropology


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Cynthia Keppley Mahmood

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
cmahmood@nd.edu Office: (574)631-4744


1986: Ph.D. Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Doctoral Dissertation: Rebellion and Response in Ancient India: Political Dynamics of the Hindu-Buddhist Tradition
[initial year at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York]

1981: M.A. Anthropology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

1977: B.A. Anthropology and Psychology, New College, Sarasota, Florida

1973: Diplomas, Atheneum in Katwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands/ Wyomissing Area High School, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Academic Positions

2001 - Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana Senior Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

-2000 Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

1991-1996 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Maine, Orono, Maine

-1994 Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colby College, Waterville, Maine

-1991 Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Central University of Iowa, Pella, Iowa

1986 Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

-1986 Research Analyst, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana


University of Victoria Centre for Studies in Religion and Conflict Visiting Research Fellowship, 2010.

Voices for Truth Award, Conflict and Peace Institute, Chicago, 2009.

Surat Sikh Conference Award for Service to the Sikh Community, New York, 2007.

Centennial Foundation Award for Excellence in the Study of Sikhism, Toronto, 2002.

North American Sikh Service Award, Chicago, 2001.

Sikh Heritage Book Award, San Francisco, 2000, for Fighting for Faith and Nation.

Finalist, American Anthropological Association/Mayfield Anthropology Teaching Award, 1999.

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi as Outstanding Faculty Member at the University of Maine, 1997.

Central College Outstanding Performance Award for Teaching, 1989.



The Guru’s Gift: An Ethnography Exploring Gender Equality With North American Sikh Women (with Stacy Brady). Mountain View, California: Mayfield Publishing Company, 2000. (Republished by McGraw-Hill, 2002)

Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues With Sikh Militants. Series on Contemporary Ethnography. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Frisian and Free: Study of an Ethnic Minority of the Netherlands. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press, 1989.

Refereed Articles

"Anthropology From the Bones: A Memoir of Fieldwork, Survival, and Commitment." Anthropology and Humanism 33(2-1):1-11, 2008.

“Anthropological Compulsions in a World in Crisis.” Anthropology Today 18(3): 1-2, 2002.

“Myth, Terror, and the Power of Ethnographic Praxis.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 30(5): 520-545, 2001.

“Kashmir and the War on Terrorism.” Policy Brief Series of the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, October 2001.

“The Tile-Maker.” Anthropology and Humanism 13(1): 1-15, 2000.

“Writing the Bones.” Human Rights Review 1(1): 19-33, 1999.

“On Human Rights.” Abstracts of Sikh Studies 1(4): 5-16, 1998

“Asylum, Violence and the Limits of Advocacy.” Human Organization 55(4): 498-505, 1996.

“Why Sikhs Fight.” In Anthropological Contributions to Conflict Resolution, ed. Alvin Wolfe and Honggang Yang, pp. 14-32. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia, 1996; reprinted in Abstracts of Sikh Studies, July 1996.

“Violence and the Culture of Sikh Separatism.” POLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 17(1): 11-22, 1994.

“Ayodhya and the Hindu Resurgence.” Religion 24: 73-80, 1994.

“Rethinking Indian Communalism: Culture and Counter-Culture.” Asian Survey 33(7): 722-737, 1993.

“Do Ethnic Groups Exist? A Cognitive Perspective on the Concept of Cultures” (with Sharon Armstrong). Ethnology 31(1): 1-14, 1992.

“Muslim and Hindu Castes: An Inquiry Into the Origins of an Ideology.” Man in India (New Delhi) 71(1): 203-212, 1991.

“Transatlantic Interpretation: Insight or Insult?” Etnofoor (pub. Amsterdam) 3(2) 69-78, 1990.

“Sikh Rebellion and the Hindu Concept of Order.” Asian Survey 29(3): 326-340, 1989.

“The Cultural Ecology of ‘Neighbor’s Duty’ in Friesland.” Journal of Cultural Geography 9(1): 83-94, 1988.

Book Chapters

“The Frisians.” In Ethnic Groups in Europe, ed. Jonathan Coe. Amsterdam: Elsevier, in press 2010.

“Sikhs in Canada: Identity and Commitment.” In Religion and Ethnicity in Canada, ed. Paul Bramadat and David Seljak, pp. 52-68. Toronto: Pearson-Longman, 2004. 2nd edition, University of Toronto, in press 2010.

“Trials by Fire: Dynamics of Terror in Punjab and Kashmir.” In Death Squad: The Anthropology Anthropology of State Terror, ed. Jeffrey A. Sluka, pp. 70-90. University of Pennsylvania, 1999.

“Playing the Game of Love: Passion and Martyrdom Among Khalistani Sikhs.” In Martyrdom and National Liberation Movements, ed. Joyce Pettigrew, pp. 72-87. Comparative Asian Studies Series No. 18. Amsterdam: Free University,1997.

“Hinduism in Context: Approaching a Religious Tradition Through External Sources.” In The Anthropology of Religion: A Handbook, ed. Stephen Glazier, pp. 305-318. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1997.

“Ethnicity, Equality, and the Political Potential of Buddhism” (with Jack Fischer). In Buddhism and World Peace, ed. Sachindra Narayan, pp. 25-33. New Delhi: Inter-India Publications, 1989.

Book Reviews

"The Shifts in Hisbullah's Ideology: Religious Ideology, Political Ideology, and Political Program, by Joseph Alagha." Religion, 2008.

“The Performance of Human Rights in Morocco, by Susan Slyomovics.” Journal of Anthropological Research, 2006.

“The ‘Huddled Masses’ Myth: Immigration and Civil Rights, by Kevin Johnson.” Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2005.

“Paths to Collective Madness: A Study in Social Order and Political Pathology, by Dipak K. Gupta.” Political Psychology, 2003.

“Terror and Taboo: The Follies, Faces and Fables of Terrorism, by Joseba Zulaika and William Douglass.” American Ethnologist, 1998.

“Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival, edited by Carolyn Nordstrom and Antonius Robben.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1998.

“The Civility of Indifference: On Domesticating Ethnicity, by F.G. Bailey.” American Ethnologist, 1998.

“Merit and Blessing in Mainland Southest Asia in Comparative Perspective, edited by Cornelia Ann Kammerer and Nicola Tannenbaum.” American Anthropologist, 1997.

“Representing Hinduism: The Construction of Religious Traditions and National Identity, edited by Vasudha Dalmia and Heinrich von Stientencron.” Journal of Church and State, 1997.

“Elk Vist Op Zijn Tij: Een Historisch-Antropologisch Studie van een Zeeuwse Maritieme Gemeenschap, Yerseke 1870-1914 [Out With the Tide: A Historical-Anthropological Study of a Zeeland Maritime Community, Yerseke 1870-1914] by Rob van Ginkel.” MAST: Maritime Anthropological Studies, 1992.

“English Travelers Abroad 1604-1667, by John Stoye.” European Studies Journal, 1991.

Encyclopedia Publications

“Sikhism.” In The Encyclopedia of Global Religion, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer. [Invited article] Sage Publications, in press.

"The Khalistan Movement." In The Encyclopedia of Global Religion, edited by Mark Juergensmeyer. [Invited article] Sage Publications, in press.

“Fundamentals of Extremism.” In History Behind the Headlines: The Origins of Conflicts Worldwide. [invited article] Farmington Hills, Missouri: Lucent Books, 2002.

“NGO’s in International Peace-Making” (with Geoffrey Wingard). In Magill’s Guide to Military History, ed. John Powell. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001.

“The Amritsar Massacre” (with Geoffrey Wingard). In Magill’s Guide to Military History, ed. John Powell. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001.

“Somalia” (with Anthony King). In Magills’ Guide to Military History, ed. John Powell. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001.

“The Abenaki Wars” (with Anthony King). In Magill’s Guide to Military History, ed. John Powell. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2001.

“Cyprus.” In Current World Conflicts and Confrontations, ed. R. Kent Rasmussen. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1999.

“Pakistan.” In Current World Conflicts and Confrontations, ed. R. Kent Rasmussen, 1999.

“Residence Patterns.” In The International Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. Frank Magill. London: Fitzroy Pearson, 1996.

“The Hindu Caste System” In The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. John K. Roth. London: Fitzroy Pearson, 1994.

“Jain Ethics.” In The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. John K. Roth. London: Fitzroy Pearson, 1994.

“Sikh Ethics.” In The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. John K. Roth. London: Fitzroy Pearson, 1994.

“Madhyamaka.” In The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. John K. Roth. London: Fitzroy Pearson, 1994.

“Sikhs in Punjab Revolt.” In Great Events From History: Human Rights, ed. Frank Magill, pp. 2215-2219. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1992.

“Redefining Ahimsa in Political Buddhism” (with John L. Fischer). Encyclopedia of Non-Violence. Ahmedabad: Gujarat Vidyapith, 1985.

Miscellaneous Publications

“Islam’s Unheard Voices.” The Times [of London] Higher Education Magazine, July, 2008. .

“Hearts, Minds, and Sustainable Peace in Kashmir.” Kroc Institute Peace Colloquy, 2004.

“Agenda for an Anthropology of Peace.” Anthropology Newsletter [invited article] June, 2003.

“Why I Believe We Need to Talk To Extremists.” The Times [of London] Educational Supplement [invited article], May 2002.

[book] A Sea of Orange: Writings on the Sikhs and India. Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2001.

“The Punjab Conflict: Thoughts on Human Rights and Militancy.” North American Sikh Journal, October, 1998.

“Disappearances in Punjab and the Impunity of the Indian State” (with Ram Narayan Kumar). Human Rights Report. October, 1998.

“When They Read What We Write: Fighting For Faith and Nation.” Sangat (electronic), December, 1997.

“Anthropological Ethics in Arenas of Violence.” Anthropology Newsletter, October, 1993.

“Is There a Hindu Majority?” South Asia Monitor, March, 1993.

“Development or Destruction: Walking the Fine Line in Action Anthropology.” South Asia Monitor, February, 1993.

“Images of Europe in Anthropological Case Studies.” Proceedings of the Fifteenth European Studies Conference, pp. 192-199. Cedar Falls, Iowa: University of Northern Iowa, 1991.

“Urbanization and Class Alignment in West Punjab” (with Khalid Mahmood). Human Mosaic 20(1-2): 13-27, 1986.

“The Politicization of Tradition in Colonial Burma.” Human Mosaic 16(2) 34-44, 1985.

Other Publishing Contributions:

The Ethnography of Political Violence. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995 – present. Book Series Founder/Director/Editor. [Advisory Board: Antonius Robben, Utrecht; Jeffrey Sluka, Massey; Carolyn Nordstrom, Notre Dame; Kevin Avruch, George Mason]

Iraq at a Distance: What Anthropologists Can Tell Us About the War, edited by Antonius Robben, 2009.

Everyday Nationalism: Women of the Hindu Right in India, by Kalyani Menon, 2009.

Soldiers, Martyrs, Traitors and Exiles: Political Conflict in Eritrea and the Diaspora, by Tricia Redeker Hepner, 2009.

Aceh, Indonesia: Securing the Insecure State, by Elizabeth F. Drexler, 2008.

Guatemala in the Aftermath of Terror: The Refugees Return, by Krista Ann Stolen, 2007.

Child Soldiers in Africa, by Alcinda Honwana, 2006.

Liberia: Violence in Democracy, by Mary Moran, 2006.

A Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps, by Julie Peteet, 2005.

Hitting Where It Hurts Most: The Traumatization of Argentine Society, by Antonius Robben, 2005.

Karaoke Fascism: Burma and the Politics of Fear, by Monique Skidmore, 2004.

Masking Terror: How Women Contain Violence in Southern Sri Lanka, by Alexandra Argenti-Pillen, 2002.

Crossing the Green Line Between the West Bank and Israel, by Avram Bornstein, 2002

War and Slavery in Sudan, by Jok Madut Jok, 2001.

Death Squad: The Anthropology of State Terror, edited by Jeffrey A. Sluka, 1999.

Unraveling Somalia: Race, Violence and the Legacy of Slavery, by Catherine Besteman, 1998.

A Different Kind of War Story, by Carolyn Nordstrom, 1997.

Forthcoming Publications/Works in Progress:

One More Voice: Interventions and Narratives on Contemporary South Asia (with Chris Giamo and others) World Sikh Council, in press.

“Silence in Surrey: What Happened to the Voice of the Sikhs?” in What Happened to Sikh Ethno-Nationalism, edited by Gurharpal Singh and Arvind Singh Mandair. University of Pennsylvania Press, in press.

“Democracy and Bare Life: Silencing Violence in the Garden of India,” to be submitted to American Anthropologist spring 2010.

“Ethnography with Head-in-Hands: Towards an Anthropology of Service,” article in progress.

Democracy and Bare Life: Silencing Violence in the Garden of India, book in progress.

Fragments of a Political Life: Elwood Keppley and the American Labor Movement in Reading, Pennsylvania (with Paul C. Mishler), book in progress.

Public Speaking

Academic Presentations and Lectures

“Women, Human Rights, and the Culture of Shame.” University of California, Berkeley, 2009. Invited Speaker.

“Sikh Visions on Rights, Sovereignty, and Coexistence in the New Millennium.” Rice University, 2009. Invited Speaker.

“Commemorating and Interpreting 1984 at Twenty-Five Years.” Sikh Research Institute, San Antonio, 2009. Invited Speaker

“Where Do We Go After Twenty-Five Years?: Re-Visioning 1984” Oakland Community College, 2009. Invited Speaker.

“Alternative Visions of the Afghan-Pak Debacle.” Envisioning a Different Future for US Relations with South Asia. University of Santa Barbara Institute for Global Studies, 2009. Invited Speaker.

“Academy and Community in the Study of Sikhism.” Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, BC). Invited Speaker.

"Speech and the Definition of Humanity." Simon Fraser University (B.C.), Forum on Human Rights, 2008. Invited Speaker.

"Kashmir to Mumbai: India’s Democracy at Risk." Symposium on Irregular Warfare, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency. Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard University) and U.S. Joint Special Operations University. Washington, D.C., 2008. Invited Speaker.

“Punjabi Remix: Silencing Violence in the Garden of India.” Ohio University. Athens, Ohio, 2007. Invited Speaker.

“Risking the Face-to-Face in an Age of Terror.” Emory University Initiative on Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding, 2006. Invited Speaker.

“Martyring Truths: Risk and Scholarship in the Anthropological Project.” Watson Institute for International Studies, Speakers Series on Engaging Activism, Brown University, 2005. Invited Speaker.

“Violence, Play, and the Problem of Post-Conflict Healing.” Emory University Conference on the Event of War, 2004.

“Genocide in Ethnically Divided Societies.” Fordham University Conference on Preventing Genocide, 2004. Invited Speaker.

“Terrorists and Martyrs.” Teresa Dease Memorial Lecture, University of Toronto, 2003.

“Terrorists and Martyrs.” Teresa Dease Memorial Lecture, University of Waterloo, 2003.

“Globalization and Terrorism: The Missing Piece.” University of Michigan, 2003. Invited Speaker.

“Religion and Peacebuilding in South Asia.” Symposium on Religion, Violence and Agency in South Asia, University of Notre Dame, 2003.

“Cartographies of Persecution: Punjab in Comparative Context.” Fordham University Conference on Genocide, New York, 2006. Invited Speaker.

“Why Does the World Hate Women? New Answers, New Questions.” Edith Stein Conference on Redefining Feminism, University of Notre Dame, 2006. Keynote Speaker.

“Islamic Responses and Academic Responsibilities in the Wake of 9/11.” Loyola University Lecture Series on Religion and Violence, Chicago, 2003. Invited Speaker.

“Sikh Militancy and State Repression, or What’s Wrong with ‘Terrorism’?” Columbia University Symposium on Process and Punishment, 2002. Invited Speaker.

“How Does a War on Terror Become a War on Rights?” Harvard Law School Conference on Religion, Democracy, and Human Rights, 2002. Invited Speaker.

“Conflict in Kashmir: Nervousness in the System.” Conference on Multiple Voices: Islam and the West Since 9/ll, University of Notre Dame, 2002.

“The Limits of War in an Age of Terrorism.” Loyola University, Chicago, 2001. Invited Speaker.

“Sikh Radicalism and Asylum: The Rights/Violence Dilemma.” University of Colorado Institute for Asian Studies, Boulder, 2001. Invited Speaker.

“Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale: Man, Martyr, Myth.” Symposium on the Legacy of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, San Jose State University, 2000. Invited Speaker.

“Human Rights Discourse and the Balance of Power.” Conference on Sikh Studies, Oakland University, Detroit, 2000. Invited Speaker.

“Women Rebels of Cyprus: A Gendered History of the EOKA movement. Conference on Cypriot Society Into the New Millenium, University of Greenwich, London, 1999. Invited Speaker.

“Torture at the Millenium” American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 1999.

“Inscribing Power, Interpreting Pain, Interrogating Politics.” Conference on Investigating and Combating Torture, University of Chicago, 1999. Invited Speaker.

“The Punjab Conflict: Human Rights in Context.” Symposium on Punjab, Columbia University Law School, New York, 1998. Invited Speaker.

“Violence and the Sacred: Religious Militancy at the Milennium.” University of Cyprus, Nicosia, 1998. Invited Speaker.

“Black Cats: Defining Treason and Nationhood in Punjab and Kashmir.” American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 1996.

“Women Seeking Asylum: New Frontiers in International Law.” Women Studies Conferences, Bangor, Maine, 1996.

“The Scholar as Activist: Problems and Paradoxes in the Study of Conflict in Punjab.” American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, 1994. Presidential Session.

“Understanding Sikh Militancy.” Symposium on Punjab’s Struggle, University of California at Berkeley, 1994. Invited Speaker.

“Understanding Violence in the Sikh Militant Community.” Key Symposium of the Southern Anthropological Association, Atlanta, 1994. Invited Speaker.

“Sikh Nationalism in Punjab.” Seminar on Human Rights Violations in Punjab and Kashmir, University of Calgary, 1994. Invited Speaker.

“Resistance and Pluralism.” Sikh Symposium, York University, Toronto, 1994. Invited Speaker.

“The Culture of Sikh Separatism.” Association for Asian Studies, Boston, 1994.

“Sikh Militancy and the Anthropology of Resistance.” American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C. 1993.

“Deconstruction, Buddhism, and the Concept of Ethnicity.” American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 1991.

“Responses to Ethnography in Friesland: Negotiating Definitions of Culture (with S.L. Armstrong and R. Lage). American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 1990. Presidential Session.

“The Establishment of a Research Center in the Netherlands: Issues, Methods, and Results” (with T. Rempe and K. Spencer). Association for European Studies, Omaha, 1990.

“Images of Europe in Anthropological Case Studies.” Association for European Studies, Omaha, 1990.

“An Anthropologist’s Role in Frisian Ethnonationalism.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, 1989.

“Equality, Ethnicity, and the Political Potential of Buddhism.” International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Zagreb, 1988.

“Sikh Rebellion and the Hindu Concept of Order.” American Ethnological Society, St. Louis, 1988.

Public and Policy-Related Speeches

“Justice to Peace in a Violent World: The Urgency of Global Human Rights.” Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Center, 2009. Invited Speaker.

“Minorities at Risk: Canada, India, and the World.” Keynote Address to the House of Commons/World Sikh Organization Parliamentary Dinner, Ottawa, 2009.

“Voice in a Time of Crisis.” World Sikh Organization Symposium, Vancouver, 2009. Invited speaker.

“Global Youth and Human Rights.” World Sikh Organization Youth Symposium, Edmonton, 2009 Invited speaker.

“Voice in a Time of Crisis.” World Sikh Organization Symposium, Toronto, 2009. Invited speaker.

"Gender Equality in Contexts of Violence." Sikh Youth Conference at Kwantlen, 2008. Invited Speaker.

“Faith, Vocation and Community: Challenges for Youth.” Surat Sikh Conference, New York, 2007. Keynote Speaker and Award Winner.

“Border Myths: Immigration, Security, and Terorrism.” Sixth National Metropolis Conference (Canada), Edmonton, 2003. Plenary Speaker.

“Clash of Civilizations or Social Capital?” Canadian Metropolis Forum, Ottawa, 2003. Invited Speaker.

“Toward the Resolution of Conflict in Kashmir.” Islamic Society of North America Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. 2003. Invited Speaker.

“People of the Book.” Centennial Foundation, Toronto, 2002. Keynote Speaker and Award Winner.

“Religious Terrorism and Issues of Biological, Chemical, and Radiological Weapons.” SAIC/Defense Intelligence Agency Project, Maclean, Virginia, 2000. Invited Speaker.

“Knowledge and Responsibility: Educating for the 21st Century.” Distinguished Lecture, Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, 2000.

“Voices From the Dark of Night.” Commemoration of the Massacres of 1984, Boston University, 1999. Keynote Speaker.

“The Khalsa at 300: Challenges for the Future.” Sikh Tricentennial Celebration, Meadowlands NJ, 1999. Invited Speaker and Award Winner.

“Telling the Truth.” Toronto Sikh Anniversary Dinner, 1998. Keynote Speaker.

“The Situation in Punjab Through the Eyes of the West.” International Sikh Convention, Washington, D.C. 1998. Invited Speaker.

“Human Rights in India: What Can Americans Do?” Sikh Youth Federation Retreat, Detroit, 1998. Invited Speaker.

“India and Human Rights: Challenges for the Future.” Keynote Address to the Canadian House of Commongs/World Sikh Organization Parliamentary Dinner, Ottawa, 1997. Invited Speaker.

“Update on Human Rights in Punjab.” Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa, 1997.

“The Challenge of Terrorism: An Anthropologist’s View.” Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, Rockport, Maine, 1996. Keynote Speaker.

“The Status of the Sikh Militancy.” Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Toronto, 1995. Invited Speaker.

“Challenges Facing Sikh Youth.” United Sikh Association, Boston, 1994. Keynote Speaker.

“Assessing Asylum Claims from Punjab.” U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, San Francisco, 1994. Invited Speaker.

Broadcast Media Interviews/Presentations

“The Sikh Voice after Air India.” Channel M TV, Vancouver, 2009.

“Perspectives on Afghanistan.” National Public Radio affiliates (interview).

"Human Rights and the Sikh Dilemma." CBC Radio and Television (Canada), 2008.

"Rights, Fears and Multiculturalism." Channel M TV, Vancouver, 2008.

“Voices of Peace.” CBS TV Special on Religion and Violence, 2004 (with Kroc graduate students)

“Facing the Enemy.” Vision TV (Canada), 2003.

“Sikh Women: The Challenge of Faith.” Omni TV (Canada), 2003.

"Canada and the War on Terror." ABC TV, Edmonton, 2003.

“Face to Face with Jihad.” National Public Radio, 2001.

“Sikh Militancy and the Air India Bombing.” CBC Radio (Canada), 2000.

“Islam in the Kashmir Conflict.” BBC World Service, 1999.

“Saint-Soldiers.” BBC World Service, 1998.

“Conflict in South Asia.” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1995.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies Faculty Research Grant for “The Anabaptist Roots of Socialist-Pacifism in Reading, Pennsylvania,” $3800, pending.

Dasvandh Foundation Grant for Comparative Sikh Studies, “Sikhism in the Context of Indian Democracy,” $15000, pending.

World Sikh Organization Grant in Support of Leave Fellowship, $12,000, pending.

Kashmir-America Council Grant for Kashmir Studies, $2000, 2010.

Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns Course Development Grant for “Anthropology of Human Rights,” $2500, 2010.

“Kroc Peace Institute Initiative on Kashmir” (Principal Investigator). CarEth Foundation, $5000, 2002.

“Ethnography of the Kashmir Conflict.” Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, University of Notre Dame, $5000, 2002.

“Atrocities in Punjab and the Discourse of Indian Democracy.” University of Maine Faculty Research Award, $7500, 1999.

Ethnic Studies Development Grant, University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, $2000, 1999.

“Women in Greek Cypriot Militancy.” Government of Cyprus Research Grant, $5000, 1996.

“Women Rebels of Cyprus.” Women in the Curriculum Grant, University of Maine, $4000, 1998.

“Preliminary Investigation on Women in Greek Cypriot Militancy.” Government of Cyprus Research Grant, $5000, 1997.

“Films for Anthropological Teaching” (with Henry Munson). Bird and Bird Foundation Instructional Technology Grant, $1800, 1996.

“Refugee Warriors: Challenges to State Sovereignty in Canadian Asylum Decisions.” Canadian-American Center Grant, University of Maine, 1996, $1200.

“Developing Gender Studies in Anthropology.” Women in the Curriculum Grant, University of Maine, $3000, 1993.

“Anthropological Contributions to the Multiculturalism Debate.” University of Maine Summer Faculty Research Grant, $3500, 1992.

“Initial Assessment of the Sauria Paharia Tribe of Northern India.” University of Maine Faculty Research Grant, $4500, 1992.


Undergraduate courses taught:

Introduction to Anthropology
Minorities and Ethnic Groups
Gender and Anthropology
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
Human Origins
Cultural Anthropology
Civilization in South Asia
Perspectives in Anthropological Analysis
Anthropology of War and Peace
Gender and Violence (u/g)
Ethnographic Method and Writing for Change (u/g)
"Terrorism" (u/g)
The Prison – College Seminar

Graduate courses taught:

Origins of Violence and Cultures of Peace
Culture and Religion in Peacebulding (with Scott Appleby)
Genocide, Witness and Memory
Ethnic Conflict (with John Darby)
Conflict Transformation and Strategic Peacebuilding (with John Paul Lederach)

Thesis advising:

BA Anthropology - Stacy Brady - Sikh women reclaim their equality - 1998
BA Womens’ Studies - Willow Wetherall widowhood & memory in Cyprus - 1999
BA Anthropology - Angela Lederach women as peace-builders in Ghana - 2007
BA Anthropology - Alicia Quiros - women in post-revolutionary Nicaragua - 2010
MA Peace Studies - Burcu Munyas - youth & memory in Cambodia - 2004
MA Peace Studies - Maria Zapata the creation of peace zones in Mindanao - 2004
MA Peace Studies - Tom Arendshorst - Kenyan peace narratives - 2004
MA Peace Studies - Maneesha Pasqual - peace curriculum in Sri Lanka - 2003
MA Peace Studies - Alisher Khamidov - politics of peace in Kirgyzstan - 2002
PhD Sociology - Carl Neblett - gay & lesbian movement at Notre Dame - 2007
PhD Sociology - Yuting Wang - Muslim community of South Bend - 2008
PhD Anthropology - Nicola Mooney - change in a Punjabi peasant village - 2006 (U. Toronto)

Teaching outside the university:

Teaching English as a Second Language – Sapporo, Japan, 1979-80

Elderhostel program teaching senior citizens – Pella, Iowa, 1987-88

Upward Bound program, teaching disadvantaged high school students, Pella, Iowa 1989

Catholic Relief Services training; seminars updating relief workers on best practices in peacebuilding, 2001-2003

Teaching students in the field:

Directed an ethnographic field school in Friesland, the Netherlands, a summer program for undergraduate anthropology and linguistics students, 1987-90. Accredited by the Central University of Iowa.

Directed a field program for Notre Dame undergraduates studying diasporan Sikhs in Surrey, British Columbia, 2006.

Mentored University of Maine student Stacy Brady through fieldwork among Sikhs in four North American cities for her senior thesis.

Mentored University of Maine student Willow Wetherall through two summers of fieldwork in Cyprus for her senior thesis.

Mentored Notre Dame student Chris Giamo through two years of fieldwork among Sikhs in British Columbia and London.

Co-authoring with students:

The Guru’s Gift (2000) and One More Voice (2010) were books co-authored with undergraduate students. The following articles were co-authored with undergraduate students: “NGO’s in International Peace Making,” “The Amritsar Massacre,” “Somalia,” and “The Abenaki Wars.” Worked with graduate student Burcu Munyas to publish part of her thesis in The Journal of Genocide Research; with Maneesha Pasqual to implement her proposed peace curriculum in Sri Lanka. Kroc graduate students and I were highlighted in a CBS half-hour special, “Voices of Peace,” 2004.

Author of education materials:

Author of ancillary text materials for Wm Haviland introductory textbook in anthropology, including instructor’s manuals, test banks, study guides, and overhead transparency sets, published by Harcourt Brace annually from 1994 to 2001.

Author of internet guide to anthropology resources for students, published by Thomson Educational Publishers for three years annually 2000-2003.

K-12 Education:

Participant in Teachers as Scholars program, U.S. Institute of Peace, 2005. Taught seminar for K-12 teachers on. “Humanizing the Other in an Age of Terror” resulting in K-12 curriculum with DVD, distributed nationally and featured on Woodrow Wilson Foundation website; recognized as “top educational product” by the Academy for Educational Development.

Member of American Anthropological Association Committee on K-12 Anthropology Education, 1988-1994.

Professional Service and Activities

Fellow, American Anthropological Association (elected 1993)

Board Member, University of Tennessee Press Legacies of Warfare Monograph Series (editors G. Kurt Piehler and Janice Harper)

Editorial Board Member, Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, and Theory (Routledge journal). Edited by Arvind Singh Mandair, University of Michigan.

Reviewer for Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, Ethnology, Asian Survey, Peace and Change, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, American Ethnologist, Journal of Anthropological Research, Religion, Sikh Formations, Abstracts in Sikh Studies, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars,and other periodicals

Manuscript reviewer for the University of California Press, Oxford University Press, Duke University Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, Princeton University Press, the University of Chicago Press, Cambridge University Press, the State University of New York Press, Routledge, and Westview

Consultant to agencies and departments of the U.S., Canadian and British governments on asylum, terrorism and security matters relevant to South Asia. This service ranges from training immigration officials to counseling heads of state. Examples include:

Working with British Ministry of Home Affairs to decide whether a particular organization should be classed as “terrorist” or not Conducting a workshop of Canadian Mounted Police on aspects of Sikh culture that may impact the processes of search, arrest, and detention Participating in an Expert Working Group of scholars on South Asia advising the Obama administration on decisions relating to Afghanistan Expert witness in legal cases in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom relating to South Asia. I serve in approximate a dozen cases per year in which my anthropological expertise is particularly salient. Examples include:

A precedent-setting case in which the definition of “terrorism” (as opposed to “crime” or “revolution”) was honed through accessing a Sikh charged with 52 murders of government officials in India. A case hinging on how far the U.S. will go in adhering to the Convention Against Torture; the government wants to deport an individual on security grounds who will likely face torture in his home country. A European case in which the United Kingdom’s decision not to grant a person asylum was overturned by the European Court, giving weight to its regional sway.

Continuing education:

Writing Across the Curriculum Humanities Workshop, Ames, Iowa, 1988

Intensive summer course on Refugee Studies at York University, Toronto, 1993

Intensive summer seminar on Catholic Intellectual Tradition at Notre Dame, 2002

Summer course on Teaching Film Across the Humanities, Notre Dame, 2009

Year-long faculty seminar on Feminist Theology and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Notre Dame, 2009-2010

Major institutional and administrative service (Notre Dame):

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; 2001-03. During my tenure the Institute developed the Supplementary Major in Peace Studies.

Director of Graduate Studies, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, 2003-05. During my tenure the Institute developed the two-year M.A. program in International Peace Studies, expanding the curriculum through five paths of academic concentration, six-month overseas internships, and a Master's seminar and project.

Executive Committee, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, 2001-05. Senior Fellow 2001- present

University of Notre Dame Graduate Council, 2003-04.

Asian Studies Core Faculty Member, 2001- present

Gender Studies Faculty Associate, 2002- present

Notre Dame Faculty Senate, elected representative, 2005-06, 2009-2010.

Regular lectures in other classes, at special events such as the Saturday Lecture series or First-Year book discussions

Major institutional and administrative service (University of Maine):

University of Maine Faculty Senate, elected representative, 1998-2000

Chair, Human Subjects Review Committee, 1997-1999

Franco-American Advisory Board Member, 1991-2000

Native-American Advisory Board Member, 1991-2000

Major institutional and administrative service (Central College, Iowa):

Chair, Cultural Affairs Committee, 1988-90

Presidential Search Committee Member, 1989-90

Multiculturalism Initiative, Core Member, 1986-90

(revised 3/2010)



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