My research lies at the intersection of Comparative Politics and International Relations with a concentration on nationalism/populism, security/peace, and religion. My regional specialization is South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar).
My work on Religious Nationalism in Contemporary South Asia was published with Cambridge University Press September 2022 as part of the Elements series on religion and violence. The element draws upon my field work carrying out interviews with elites in India and Sri Lanka.
Religious Nationalism in Contemporary South Asia. Summer 2022. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Elements. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/religious-nationalism-in-contemporary-south-asia/041691105FDA51E0B36024B47A956AB0
Peer Reviewed Articles
“Climate Conflict: South Asia and the Growing Risk of Climate Refugees.” With Cidney Hopkins and Laurabell Obana. Terrorism and Political Violence https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2022.2069448
“Understanding India’s Uneven Sex Ratios: A Comparative Religions Approach.” Journal of Religion and Violence. April 2022 https://doi.org/10.5840/jrv202241890
“Overcoming Intersecting Isolations in an Interdisciplinary Department.” With Dr. Ngoc Phan. Journal of Political Science Education. (April 2022) https://doi.org/10.1080/15512169.2022.2051534
“The Securitization of Love Jihad.” Religions, Vol. 12 (12): December, 2021. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12121074
“Gendered Islamophobia: The nature of Hindu and Buddhist nationalism in India and Sri Lanka.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 1–22. September 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/sena.12350
“COVID-19 in India: As Assessment of Kerala’s Development Model.” 2021, with Shelli Israelsen Progress in Development Studies. September 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177/14649934211030462
“People Don’t Want a Mosque Here: Contested Architecture as a Strategy of Nationalism.” Journal of Religion and Violence. Volume 9 (1): Spring 2021 https://doi.org/10.5840/jrv202142086
“Supporting Junior Women: Strategies for Men Colleagues.” With Emily Farris and Julia Marin Hellwege. PS: Political Science and Politics. July 2021 https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096521000068
“The Rise of Hindu Nationalism and its Regional and Global Ramifications.” Spring 2019. Education About Asia: Asian Politics. Volume 23:1 39-43
“Bombs or Ballots?: How do Separatist Groups Determine their Strategy and Why is it Important for All of Us?” Aviation Security International. Summer 2014.
“International Ports and Security Challenges in South Asia.” In Security Challenges in Contemporary Indo-Pacific, World Scientific Publishing, Forthcoming Spring 2024.
“Radical Monks and Rajapaksa: An Overview of Right-Wing Politics in Sri Lanka” in Interdisciplinary Reflections on South Asian Transitions: Exploring the Rise of Far Right Ideology,eds Palgrave Macmillan. (Fall 2023) https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-36686-4_2
“The Covid-19 Pandemic and Religious Marginalization in Sri Lanka” in The COVID-19 Pandemic in South Asia: Domestic and International Responses.eds Sumit Ganguly and Dinsha Mistree, Routledge. (Spring 2022) https://www.routledge.com/The-Covid-19-Crisis-in-South-Asia-Coping-with-the-Pandemic/Ganguly-Mistree/p/book/9781032163451
Center for Advanced Internet Studies (Bochum, Germany), Project Leader: Tracing global flows of far-right online radicalisation. (July 2023)
Fulbright Nehru Senior Research Scholar, University of Kerala, Thiruvanthapuram, India. Project: “Creating Community in Kerala: Building Peace through Interactions and Institutions.” (May-December 2022)
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) INYA Institute Fellow (Myanmar): “Climate and Community: The Challenges Facing Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh.” (2022)
Tomodachi Kakehashi Inouye Scholars, Faculty Representative to Japan (March 2020)
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Development Grant, To carry out a project related to comparative post-conflict reconciliation in Sri Lanka (2020)
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict Curriculum Fellow. To develop an undergraduate and graduate course on Non-Violent Resistance (2019)
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Development Grant, To carry out a project related to comparative linguistic nationalism in Catalonia & Basque Country (2023)
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Development Grant, To carry out a project related to Muslim women’s experience in post-conflict Sri Lanka (2020)
CSEP Research Grant, To carry out a project related to nationalism in Sri Lanka and India, Hawaii Pacific University (2019)
National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Development Grant, To carry out a project related to post-conflict nationalism in Sri Lanka Hawaii Pacific University (2018)