Critical Ethnography of Ethnic Conflict and Peacebuilding in Northeast India 

This critical ethnography focuses on everyday experiences of diverse ethnic communities in Northeast India as they witness, experience, perpetuate and/or resist ethnic conflict. investigation of ethnic conflict in Northeast India. Arguing against the hegemony of State-sponsored ethnic identity categories, this work critically engages with the assumptions of Indian nationalism, citizenship and belonging as they apply to different constituencies in Northeast India. By disrupting common representations of communities as either “victims” of violence or “perpetrators” of violence, this research provides important avenues for intervention, particularly community-level/grassroots peacebuilding.

The Everyday Peace Project

This is a pedagogical initiative that combines research and critical pedagogy to engage students in local context-based peacebuilding efforts.  The Everyday Peace Project is organized around three elements: collaborative, context-based envisioning of everyday peace;  developing and enacting an action agenda for everyday peace; and process evaluations whereby we document methodologies, emerging frameworks, community engagement strategies, challenges, and process outcomes so as to develop a framework that might be relevant to other contexts. 

Action Research in Lowell: The Lowell Youth Photovoice Project

This project explored youth perspectives on everyday violence using a participatory action research approach. We worked alongside local youth to document their experiences and their explanations about the multiple forms of violence in their daily lives. They not only names the different forms of structural and cultural violence but also offered sites of possibilities. In doing so, they offered counter narratives that disrupted dominant discourses that characterize their communities as sites of violence and disinvestment. (Collaborators: Lowell Community Health Center’s Teen BLOCK)