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.