MAHENDRA LAWOTI

Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University, 3408 Friedmann Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, Tel: 269-387-5702, Fax: 269-387-5354

                          Email: mahendra.lawoti@wmich.edu, mlawoti@hotmail.com                         

March 2007

             

Academic Positions

2005-Present   Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

2004-2005       Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC 27106

2003-2004       Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

2002-2003       Post Doctoral Fellow and Coordinator, Program on Ethics and Accountability, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260

2003 Spring    Adjunct Professor, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15260

2001 Fall         Teaching Fellow, College of General studies and GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh

 

2006-2009       Associate Fellow, the Asia Society, New York

 

Education

2002                Ph.D., GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Dissertation: Exclusionary Democratization: Multicultural Society and Political Institutions in Nepal; Advisors: Mitchell A Seligson, Iris M Young, Luis A Picard, John Markoff, and Siddharth Chandra

1999                Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies, Asian Studies Program, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh     

1997                Master in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822

1997                Master’s Certificate in Cross-cultural Understanding, East-West Center, HI 96848
1991                Bachelor in Technology (Architectural Engineering), Calicut Regional Engineering College, Calicut University, Kerala, India                  

 

Awards and Honors

2006-2009       President, the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)

2003                The NASPAA (National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration) Dissertation Award Nomination

2002                The Best Paper Award Nomination, 34th Annual Meeting of Northeastern Political Science Association, Providence, RI, November 7-9

1983-1984       President, Society of Ex-Budhanilkatha Students (SEBS), Nepal

1984                The King’s Scout, Nepal Boys Scouts 

 

Fellowship and Grants

2007                The International Education Faculty Development Fund (IEFDF), WMU

2006                Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund (FRACASF) Award, WMU, $ 4,890.00, research on the Maoist Insurgency in Nepal

2005                Arts and Sciences Research and Teaching Award, WMU

1999, 2002      Student Cabinet Travel Award, GSPIA Student Cabinet, University of Pittsburgh

1998-2001       Professional Development Award, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

1998-2001       Dean’s Travel Fund, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

1997-1999       Graduate Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh

1999                Research Travel Award, Asian Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh

1995-97           East-West Fellowship, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

1997                Distinguished Service Award, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii   

 

Participation in Research Projects

2005-2007       Principal Researcher, Nepal Study Group, State Building Challenges in Asia Project, The East-West Center Washington, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the East-West Center

 

2004-2007       Researcher, Democracy and Pluralism in Nepal, Project on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, funded by the Ford Foundation

 

Teaching and Research Interests

Comparative Politics, International Development, Democratization and Political Institutions,

Constitutionalism, Ethnic Politics, Social Movements and Insurgencies, Nepal & South Asia

 

Publications 

Books

2005                Towards a Democratic Nepal: Inclusive Political Institutions for a Multicultural Society.  New Delhi, Thousand Oaks, and London: SAGE Publications, paper and hard copy (third reprint 2006)

 

                        Being translated into Nepali by The National Foundation for the Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDN) Institution Strengthening Project (NISP), Kathmandu, tentative publication date- December 2006   

 

2007                Samabesi Sambidhan Sabha ra Rajyako Punsamrachana (in Nepali) (Inclusive Constituent Assembly and the Restructuring of the State), Kathmandu: NISP

 

2007 Summer             Editor and author, Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal, SAGE Publications (Forthcoming)

 

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

2007                “Political Exclusion and the Lack of Democratization: Cross-national Evaluation of Nepali Institutions using Majoritarian-Consensus Framework,” Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 45 (1)

 

2007 summer  “Contentious Politics in Democratizing Nepal,” chapter one in Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal, edited by Mahendra Lawoti, SAGE Publications (Forthcoming)

 

2007 summer  “Democracy, Domination, and Exclusionary Engineering Process in Nepal,” chapter two in Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal, edited by Mahendra Lawoti, SAGE Publications (Forthcoming)

 

2007 summer  “Democratization Promoting and Democratization Hindering Contentious Politics: Lessons from Nepal,” chapter thirteen in Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal, edited by Mahendra Lawoti, SAGE Publications (Forthcoming)

 

Forthcoming   “The Constitution as the Source of Exclusion,” in The Agenda of Transformation: Inclusion in Nepali Democracy, ed. Deepak Thapa and Rajendra Pradhan, Lalitpur: Himal Books, revised version has been incorporated as a chapter in Mahendra Lawoti, Towards A Democratic Nepal

 

2003                “The Maoists and Minorities: Overlap of Interests or a Case of Exploitation?”  Studies in Nepali History and Society, 8 (1): 67-97

 

Under Review

“Restructuring the State to Address the Maoist insurgency and Ethnic/caste Exclusion in Nepal,” in Shrinking Space Volume II: Politics of Recognition, edited by Rita Manchanda, SAGE Publications

 

“Exclusionary Democratisation, Nepal in 1990-2002,” journal article under review

 

The Centralized Polity and Multiple Conflicts and Crises in Nepal: The Maoist Insurgency, Ethnic Conflict, and Governance Problems, 1990-2002, a policy monograph, revise and submit at the East West Center Washington

 

Democratic State Building in Nepal: Power Sharing and Accountability to Address Class and Ethnic Conflict and Governance Crises, expanded version of the EWC monograph under review at publishers

 

Book/Monograph Manuscripts and Articles under Progress

Government and Politics in South Asia, sixth edition, with Yogendra Malik, Charles H Kennedy, Robert C. Oberst, Ashok Kapur and Syedur Rahman, 5 chapters on Nepal (Culture and Heritage, Government Institutions, Elections and Political Parties, Multiple Conflicts, and Modernization and Development); Contract signed with Westview Press

 

Exclusionary Democratization in Multicultural Nepal: Political Institutions and Elite Attitudes in Comparative Perspective (revision of dissertation)

 

The Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Democracy, Ethnic Mobilization, and the State in Early Twenty First Century, update and expansion of articles and conference papers and two new chapters, field work done in summer 2006

 

“The Ethnic Dimension of the Maoist Insurgencies: Indigenous Groups Participation in Peru, Nepal, and India,” first preparation February 2005, second revision October 2005

 

“Democracy without Defenders: Tolerant but Alienated Elite in Nepal,” first preparation 2003, second revision April 2005

 

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Forthcoming   “Ethnicity and Constitutionalism in Multicultural Societies,” in Making a New Constitution: A Guide for the People of Nepal, edited by Yash Ghai, Leena Rikkila, and Jill Cottrell

 

Forthcoming   “Minority Rights,” encyclopedia entry, Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by Richard T. Schaefer, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications

 

Forthcoming   “Samabesi Pratinidhimulak Sambidha Sabha” (Inclusive Representative Constituent Assembly) in Nepalma Sambidhan Sabha, edited by Pari Thapa

 

2005                “Rajyako Punasamrachanako Sawal ra Samabesi Prajatantra,” (The Issue of Restructuring of the State and Inclusive Democracy), in Nepalko Sandarbhama Rajyako Punarsamrachana, edited by Sitaram Tamang, Kathmandu: Samana Prakashan, p. 229-248, in Nepali, an expanded version of article published in Mulyankan Monthly; a slightly different version published in Swabhiman, 2006 (Sawan 2063), “Naya Sambidhanma Rajyako Punarsamrachana,” in Nepali, (Restructuring of the State in the New Constitution), p. 43-53

 

2004                “Samaaweshi Prajatantra-ka-lagi Raajnaitik Sangstha-haru” (Political Institutions for Inclusive Democracy), in Samasweshi Loktantra-ka-Aadhaar-haru, ed., Mohan Mainali, Lalitpur: Social Science Baha, pp. 50-74, in Nepali

 

2003                “Centralizing Politics and the Growth of the Maoist Insurgency in Nepal,” Himalaya: The Journal of Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, 23 (1): 49-58

 

2003                “Managing Conflict between Civil Society and the State: Explorations into Class and Identity Issues in Nepal,” in Nepal Tomorrow: Voices and Visions, edited by D B Gurung. Kathmandu: Koselee Prakashan, pp. 63-85

 

2003                “Sambidhan Sansodhan wa Paribartanko Sandharvama Adibasi/Janajatiharuko kehi Abadharana” (Some Perspectives of Indigenous Peoples/Nationalities in the Context of Constitution Amendment or Change), conference proceedings, Biswa Adibasi Diwas August 9, 2001 Pratibedan, Kathmandu: Nepal Janajati Mahasangh, pp. 57-71, in Nepali

 

2002                “Defining Minorities in Nepal,” Nepali Journal of Contemporary Studies 2(2): 22-52

 

2002                "Adibasi/Janajatiprati Jatiya Bhedbhav" (Racial Discrimination toward the Indigenous Peoples/Nationalities), in Durban Ghosana ra Karyayojana tatha Nepalma Jatiya Bibhed, eds. Malla K. Sundar and Padama Lal Biswakarma, Kathmandu: National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination (NCARD), pp. 124-144, in Nepali, short translation of alternate NGO report prepared for the United Nation’s Third Word Conference Against Racism, 2001
 

2001                “Nepali Chapama Utpidit Alpasankhyak Samudayako Mudda” (Minority Issues in the Nepali Print Media), with Kumar Yatru, 2057 v.s. Janajati: Journal of Nationalities of Nepal, 2 (3): 32-64, in Nepali

 

1996                “Non-Agricultural Employment in the Hills and Mountains of Nepal: A Case of Mechi Zone.” Hawaii: East-West Center Conference Proceedings. 197-205

 

Research Notes and Commentary

2007                “Gantho Phukaune Tarika,” Nepali Shikhar, 1(6), February

2004                “Rajyako Punarsamrachana ra Samabeshi Prajatantra” (Restructuring the State and Inclusive Democracy), Kathmandu, Mulyankan Monthly, 22: 123, Asoj (September-October), pp. 24-29, in Nepali; Republished in online journal Development Nepal, 2004: 3, July-September, www.developmentalnepal.com

 

2004                A Proposal for Semi Proportional Electoral Method, Nepal Weekly, Bhadra 31-Sarwan 6 (August 15-22), pp. 16-17, in Nepali

 

2002                “Minority Movements in a Communal Polity: The Case of Dalit in Nepal.” Liberal Times, New Delhi, India, X (3): 34-39.

 

2001                Nepal: Breakdown of Democracy.” Economic and Political Weekly, India, 36(50): 4623-4626; reprinted in Aastha, published by Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students, 2002, pp. 28-35 and www.sebsonline.org (2002) as “Breakdown of Democracy: The Maoist Insurgency and the Declaration of the State of Emergency in Nepal.”

 

2001                “Arakchyan Niti ra Yogyata Sambandhi Bhram” (Reservation Policy and the Myth of Merit), in Chaapama Janjati, 488-491, edited by Pratyoush Onta, Kumar Yatru and Bhaskar Gautam, Kathmandu: Ekata Books; an expanded translation of an article published in 2000 in Kathmandu Post, in Nepali.

 

2001                “Political Parties and Backward Groups,” Mechi-kali, in Nepali

 

2000                “Inclusive Democracy and Governance Structures,” EkChhin August: 3-7; Nepali translation published in Chaapama Janajati, 400-408, edited by P. Onta, K. Yatru and B. Gautam. Kathmandu: Ekata, 2001

 

Book Reviews

2000                Demystifying Democracy, The Kathmandu Post, December 31

2000                The Unresolved National (Jatiya) Question, The Kathmandu Post, April 9

1999                Models of Democracy, The Kathmandu Post

 

Selected Editorial Articles

2007                Power Structure: Federalism versus Unitary, the Himalayan Times, January 29

2007                Flawed Electoral Method, the Kathmandu Post, January 20

2006                Autonomy: An Effective Tool for Conflict Management, in Nepali, Himal Khabarpatrika Fortnightly, September 1

2006                Inclusive Constituent Assembly, in Nepali, Nepal Weekly, August 20

2004                Theoretical Rationale for the Restructuring of the State, in Nepali, Nepal Weekly, Asoj 10, 2061 (September 19)

2004                Political Exclusion: A Method for Arriving at Inclusive Institutions, The Himalayan Times, February 26; Reprinted in Kirat Yakthung Chumlung Bulletin, 2004

2004                Federalism for Nepal. The Telegraph Weekly, January 28

2001                Individual and Group Rights. The Kathmandu Post.  July 21

2001                Global Conference against Racial Discrimination and Government’s Attitude, in Nepali, Nepal Fortnightly. Sawan 16-32, 2058 v.s. (July)

2001                Inclusion and Exclusion, and the Electoral Method in Democratizaing Nepal, The Telegraph Weekly, March

2001                Discrimination against Groups in the Constitution. In Nepali, Himal Khabarpatrika Fortnighty, March 14-28

2000                Formal and Informal Reservations. The Kathmandu Post. September 28

2000                Federalism and Fear of Secession.  The Kathmandu Post. April 14

2000                Insurgency Theories and the Maobadi Movement. The Kathmandu Post. April 6

2000                How Democratic is Nepal? The Kathmandu Post. February 27

2000                Reservation Policy and the Myth of Merit. The Kathmandu Post. February 18; Reprinted in Yukpho Monthly Newsletter, 1(1): 2, September/October 2004

1995                Suitable Cost Effective Homes.  The Rising Nepal. March 17,

1994                Building Bridges, The Kathmandu Post

Articles have also appeared in Nava-Prabaha Weekly and Rastra-VandanaWeekly

 

Consultation and Reports

2001                “Racial Discrimination toward the Indigenous Peoples in Nepal,” an alternate report prepared for the National Preparatory Committee of NGOs-Nepal for the third World Conference Against Racism-2001, and presented at the National Conference in Kathmandu on April 26. Available at http://www.nepalnews.com.np/nepaldemocracy/democracy.htm

 

2000                Domination and Exclusion: Continued Marginalization of Minorities in Democratizing Nepal, Nepal country paper, a part of South Asia Minority Protection Study, submitted to International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo, Sri Lanka on behalf of Nepal South Asia Center (NESAC), Nepal 

 

Conference Papers and Presentations

2007                “Democratization from Non-Democratic Moves: The Maoist Insurgency, Royal Coup, and Political Reforms in Nepal,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August 30-September 2, Chicago, IL

 

2007                “Democracy, Pluralism and Small Ethnic Groups: Dhimals in 1973 and 2004,” the International Conference on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, May 1 and 2

 

2007                “The Ethnic Dimension of the Maoist Insurgencies: Indigenous Groups Participation in Peru, Nepal, and India,” paper accepted for the 65th Annual Mid West Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, April 12-15

 

2007                “Ethnic Minorities and Socio-Political Exclusion in Democratic Nepal,” panelist, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, February 17   

 

2007                Nepal in Transition: The Terai Question,” panelist, the New School University, New York, February 10

 

2006                “The Centralized Polity and Multiple Conflicts and Crisis in Democratizing Nepal: Inclusion and Accountability to Address the Maoist Insurgency, Ethnic Exclusion and Governance Crisis,” Cornell University, Ithaca, November 13

 

2006                “Assessing Democratic Experience in Nepal, 1990-2002: What went Wrong, What Worked, and What should be Done?the 35th Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, October 21  

 

2006                “Spheres of Exclusion in Democratizing Nepal, 1990-2002,” the First Annual Himalayan Policy Conference, a pre-conference organized by Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, at the 35th Annual South Asia Conference in Madison, October 19

 

2006                “Inclusive and Accountable Political Institutions for Nepal,” in Nepali, National Democratic Party, Kathmandu, August 21

 

2006                “Federalism in Nepal: Why, Which, and How,” in Nepali, Mahendra Narayan Nidhi Pratishthan and Nepali Congress (Democratic), Kathmandu, August 19

 

2006                “Federalism in Nepal: Why, Which, and How,” in Nepali, National Democratic Youth Association, Kathmandu, August 18

 

2006                “Federalism in Nepal: Why, Which, and How,” in Nepali, the Center for Investigative Journalism, Himal Association, Lalitpur, August 17

 

2006                “Inclusive Representative Constituent Assembly,” paper in Nepali, The National Foundation for the Development of Indigenous Nationalities Institutional Strengthening Project, Lalitpur, August 9

 

2006                “The 1831 Treaty and Limbuwan,” in Nepali, panelist, Limbu Student Association, Kathmandu, August 8

 

2006                “The Restructuring of the State and Federalism,” in Nepali, panelist, Federation of Indigenous Nationalities Students, Lalitpur, August 7

 

2006                “Restructuring of the State and Magar’s Role,” in Nepali, panelist, Nepal Magar Student Association, Tansen, Nepal, July 29

 

2006                “Towards a Democratic Nepal: Discussion on the book’s significance for the Constituent Assembly and the Restructuring of the Nepali State,” in Nepali, panel with Susan Hangen, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, July 16

 

2006                “Limbu’s Autonomy in the Constituent Assembly and Restructuring of the State,” in Nepali, Kirat Yakthung Chumlung, July 15

 

2006                “Making the Constituent Assembly Inclusive: Criteria and Strategies,” in Nepali, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Lalitpur, July 14

 

2006                “Democratic State Building in Nepal: Addressing Ethnic Exclusion, the Maoist Insurgency, and Governance Crisis,” East-West Center Washington Workshop II on State Building Challenges in Asia, Kathmandu, July 17-19

 

2006                “Mobilizing Marginalized Groups, Social Movements and Political Parties in Nepal: A Proposal for Establishing an Inclusive Political Party,” paper at the First Roundtable on Nepalese Indigenous Peoples’ Issues, the Nepal-US Indigenous Peoples Forum and the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, May 22

 

2006                “Indigenous Peoples and Minority Rights in Nepal,” a panel with Om Gurung, New School for Social Research, New York, May 20

 

2006                “Endgame in Nepal: Crisis Averted?” The Asia Society, New York City, a panel with Samuel Tamrat and Kanak Mani Dixit, May 18

 

2006                “Democracy without Defenders: Tolerant but Alienated Elite in Nepal,” a paper presented at the 64th Annual Mid Western Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, April 22

 

2006                “The Ethnic Dimension of the Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: Indigenous Groups’ Participation in a Comparative Perspective,” invited paper for the symposium on Divided States and Contested Territories in South Asia, Asian Studies Center, Michigan State University, March 18

 

2005                “Multiple Conflicts in Nepal,” a public forum panel with Prakash Chandra Lohani and Susan Hangen, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., November 3

 

2005                “The Maoist and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: A Discussion Agenda,” Workshop I on State Building Challenges in Asia, East-West Center Washington, Washington D.C., October 31-November 3, 2005

 

2005                “The Ethnic Dimension of the Maoist Insurgencies: Comparative Study of Peru, Nepal, and India,” paper presented at the 34th Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, October 7-9

 

2005                “The Maoist Insurgency in Nepal: The Inequality Dimension,” paper presented at the 54th Annual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Lansing, Michigan, September 24

 

2005                “The Maoists, Monarchy, and Democracy: Reform Agenda for Settling Conflict and Democratization in Nepal,” the Annual Convention of Association of Nepalis in America (ANA) in Dallas, Texas, July 2-4

 

2005                “The Maoists, Monarchy, and Democracy: Reform Agenda for Settling Conflict and Democratization in Nepal,” George Mason University, May 14

 

2005                “The Maoists, Monarchy, and Democracy: Reform Agenda for Settling Conflict and Democratization in Nepal,” Emory University, May 4

 

2005                “The Ethnic Basis of the Maoist Insurgencies: Comparative Study of Peru, Nepal, and India,” 46th Annual International Studies Association (ISA) Convention, Honolulu, March 1-5

 

2004                “Inclusive Restructuring of the State,” paper presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Week Celebration Conference, jointly organized by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) and Kirat Yakthung Chumlung (KYC), Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur, Nepal, August 7

 

2004                “Restructuring the State: An Indigenous Perspective,” a paper presented at Restructuring the State and the Indigenous Peoples, Newa Dey Dabu (Newar’s National Forum) at Hotel Shanker, Kathmandu, August 6

 

2004                “Inclusive and Accountable Restructuring of the State,” paper presented at the workshop on Inclusive and Participatory Constitution Making Process organized by Nepal South Asia Center (NESAC), the Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP), and IDEA International, Nagarkot, Kathmandu, August 3

 

2004                “Restructuring the State: Inclusion and Accountability in the Constitution for Democratic Consolidation,” COCAP, Kathmandu, July 15

 

2004                “Restructuring the State: Inclusion of Indigenous Nationalities,” Kirat Yakthung Chumlung (KYC), Kathmandu, July 18

 

2004                “Exclusionary Democratization in Multicultural Nepal: Political Institutions and Elite Attitudes in Comparative Perspective,” paper presented at Lecture Series, Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, July 2

 

2004                “Political Institutions and Exclusion in a New Democracy: Cross-national Evaluation of Nepali Institutions using a Majoritarian and Consensus Framework,” 62nd Annual Mid West Political Science Association Meeting, April

 

2004                “Exclusionary Democratization in Multicultural Nepal: Political Institutions and Elite Attitudes in Comparative Perspective,” Institute of Government and Politics, Western Michigan University, February 12

 

2003                “Inclusive Democratic Political Institutions for Nepal,” the Nepal Federation of Nationalities (NEFEN), a panel with Krishna B. Bhattachan, April 27

 

2003                “Inclusive Democratic Political Institutions for Nepal,” paper presented at Transformation Agenda: Inclusion in Nepali Democracy, Kathmandu, April 24-26

 

2003                “Democracy without Defenders: Tolerant but Alienated Elite in Nepal,” Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, April 22

 

2003                “Making Indigenous Peoples-Janajati Movement more Effective: Some Organizational and Strategic Considerations,” the Nepal Federation of Nationalities (NEFEN), Kathmandu, April 21

 

2003                “Democracy without Defenders: Tolerant but Alienated Elite in Nepal.”  A paper presented at the Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, March 27-29

 

2003                “Political Institutions and Exclusion in a New Democracy: Cross-national Evaluations of Nepali Institutions Using Majoritarian and Consensus Framework,” GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, January 31

 

2002                “Political Institutions and Exclusion in a New Democracy: Cross-national Evaluations of Nepali Institutions Using Majoritarian and Consensus Framework,” Asian Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, November 15

 

2002                “Inclusive Democratic Norms for Multicultural Societies, ” the 34th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association and International Studies Association - Northeastern, Providence, RI, November 7-9 

 

2002                “The Centralized Polity and the Growth of the Maoist Insurgency,” the War on Terrorism: Terrorism as War, a pre-conference panel, the 31st Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 10

 

2002                “Roundtable Discussion of ANHS 2002 Pre-Conference on the Maoist Rebellion in Nepal,” with Arjun Guneratne, Mary Des Chene, Kanak Dixit, John Metz, et al., published in Himalaya, XIII (1): 61-74, October 10 

 

2002                “The Constitution as an Exclusionary Tool: Political Institutions and Political Exclusion in Nepal,” paper presented at the 31st Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 12

 

2002                “Exclusionary Democratization: Multicultural Society, Majoritarian Institutions, and Political Exclusion in Nepal,” GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, June 25    

2002                “Exclusion from the Excluded: Minority Women and Women’s Movement in Nepal,” paper presented at the conference on Transcending Boundaries: Uniting in the face of Adversity, University of Pittsburgh, March 28-29

 

2002                “Breakdown of Democracy: The Maoist Insurgency and the State of Emergency Declaration in Nepal,” paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Seminar Series, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh       

 

2001                “Sambidhan Sansodhan wa Paribartanko Sandharvama Adibasi/Janajatilai Sametne Abadharana,” (Concepts for Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples/ Nationalities in the Context of Constitution Amendment or Change), the World Indigenous Peoples Day Seminar, Kathmandu, August 8

 

2001                Panelist in a Roundtable “Panchayatko Shradh,” Martin Chautari, Kathmandu with Dr. Meena Acharya, Padam Thakurathi, and Dirgharaj Prasain, March

 

2001                “Cultural Imperialism: An Overarching Framework of Domination in Nepal,” a paper presented at Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, March        

 

2001                “Exclusionary Democratization: The Politics of Minority Domination in Nepal,” Nepal Federation of Nationalities (NEFEN), Kathmandu, April 8

 

2001                “Exclusionary Democratization: The Politics of Minority Domination in Nepal,” paper presented at Visions for Grassroots Democracy in South Asia, the Center for Studies of Developing Societies, Delhi, March 19-21

 

2001                “Exclusionary Democratization: The Politics of Minority Domination in Nepal,” paper presented at Dialogue on Democracy and Pluralism in South Asia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, March 14-17

 

2000                Invited Participant, International IDEA Democracy Forum 2000, Democracy and Poverty: A Missing Link? Stockholm, Sweden, summer

 

1999                “Democracy in the Doldrums? Evaluating a Decade of Democratic Experience in Nepal,” Asia-Pacific Seminar Series, Asian Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, October 27

 

1999                “Inappropriate Choice? Majoritarian Model of Democracy in a Multicultural Nation-State,” Martin Chautari, Center for History and Social Development, Kathmandu, December

 

1999                “Democracy at Risk? Majoritarian Model of Democracy in a Multicultural Nation-State,” the Annual Ph.D. Colloquium, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh

 

1998                “Addressing Ethnic Minority Rights through Federalism in Nepal,” the Annual Ph.D. Colloquium, GSPIA, March 27

 

1997                “Rains Always Follow the Forest: An Assessment of the Hawaii Tropical Forest Recovery Action Plan 1994,” East-West Center, Honolulu, February 24

 

Media Appearances

Interviewed in print, TV, and radio in Nepal, the USA, India, Australia, and Portugal

 

Reviews

Himalaya: The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Journal of Asian and African Studies, SNV Nepal, East-West Center Washington

http://www.nepalnews.com.np/contents/englishweekly/telegraph/2001/feb/feb07/5question.htm

 

Professional Recognition and Services

2005-2009       Council Member, ANHS

2006                Organized a panel at the 35th Annual South Asia Conference, 2006, “Assessing Democratic Experience in Nepal, 1990-2002,” chair of the panel

2006                Discussant, “Politics, Democracy, and Conflict II,” First Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference, Madison, October 19

2006                Chair, “Dissent and Mobilization in Asia,” 64th Annual Meeting of Midwest Political Science Association Meeting, Chicago, April 22

2005                Organized four panels on Contentious Politics and Democratization in Nepal during the Annual South Asia Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, October 7-9

2005                Discussant, “Causes, Strategies, and Consequences of the Maoist Insurgency in Nepal,” Madison, October 7

2005                Discussant, “Democracy, Conflict, and the State in Nepal,” Madison, October 7

2005                Chair, “Explaining Ethnic Violence in South Asia,” Annual Meeting of International Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, March 2

 

Membership of Professional Associations

      American Political Science Association (APSA); Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA); Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS); Nepal Engineers Association (NEA), life member

 

Services and Membership in Voluntary Associations

      Nepal Red Cross Society, life member; Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students (SEBS), life member; Chief Advisor, Kirat Yakthung Chumlung, USA

 

Courses Taught

Graduate: Development Administration Seminar; Administration in Developing Countries; The Political Environment of Public Administration; Political Development in the Third World; Ethics in Public and International Affairs; Seminar in Rural Development

Undergraduate: Introduction to Comparative Politics; International Politics; Politics and Government in South Asia; Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict; Social Movements and Violent Conflict; International Development; Governmental Framework

 

Research and Professional Experience

Research and Teaching Experience

Research Scholar, Nepal South Asia Center (NESAC), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2000-2001  

Graduate Research Assistant, GSPIA & Carnegie Mellon University, 9-12/1999       

Resident Teaching Assistant, summer 1999, Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Graduate Student Assistant, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh, 9/1997-12/1999

 

Leadership Positions

Member of the AD-Hoc Committee, Indigenous Nationalities Civil Society Forum, Nepal, 2006

Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Subcommittee, National Preparation Committee of NGOs for the World Conference against Racism (WCAR) 2001- Nepal, 2000-2001

Founding Member, South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), Rajasthan, India, 2000

Student Representative, Doctoral Committee, GSPIA, 1998/1999          

Chairperson, Monday Noon Seminar Series, East-West Center, Honolulu, 1996/1997       

Member, Center-Wide Education Council (CWEC), East-West Center, 1996/1997      

Board Member, University Students of Urban and Regional Planning, UHM, 1996/1997   

Member, Monday Noon Seminar Series, East-West Center, Honolulu, 1995/1996       

Treasurer, East-West Center Nepali Society, East-West Center, 1995/1996  

Academic Secretary, Foreign Students Association, Calicut University, India, 1989/1990         

General Secretary, Vice President, and Founder, Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Studentes (SEBS), Nepal, 1982-1983

Scout Instructor, 1979-1981, Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Languages           Nepali and English, fluent; Hindi, good command, Limbu, basic understanding