Dr. Anita Sharma | Department of Sociology

Profile

Dr. Anita
Sharma
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)
D205B
Block-D, Shiv Nadar University
DADRI Uttar Pradesh
India
Profile Summary 

Dr. Anita Sharma is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR. She has worked with the nomadic pastoral Bakkarwals of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) since 2004. Her doctoral research examined the relationship of the Bakkarwals, with the state, frontier sociopolitics, and education. Her ongoing work and research interests investigate ideas of nomadism, pastoralism, movement and margin, borders and frontiers, multi-species research, the commons, notions of development, and the impact of COVID-19 on nomadic mobility and sociality.
She is the J&K curator for the travelling exhibition Living Lightly - Himalaya, 2024: https://centreforpastoralism.org/outreach/

She has also carried out ethnographic research on the Sherthukpens of Arunachal Pradesh, the Chakma and Hajong refugees of Bangladesh, the Yuwaalaraay Aboriginals of the Narran Wetlands, and the Lepchas of Dzongu, Sikkim.

Her book The Nomadic Bakkarwals of Jammu & Kashmir was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award, 2010. 

Educational Qualifications 
2017
Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Delhi University
2008
M.Sc. Social & Cultural Anthropology
University of Oxford
Work Experience 
01/16
05/16
Guest Lecturer,
Department of Sociology, Delhi University ,
New Delhi
01/15
01/16
Consultant,
RMSA-TCA, Cambridge Education, NCERT, DFID,
New Delhi, Assam, Bihar, Orissa
01/15
05/15
Guest Lecturer,
Department of Sociology, Delhi University,
New Delhi
04/03
06/07
Programme Officer ,
INTACH,
New Delhi
01/01
04/03
Senior Features Writer,
India Today,
New Delhi
Teaching & Research Interests: 

Courses taught: State, Citizenship & Bureaucracy; Agrarian Worlds; Kinship & Relatedness; Nomads And The Outside World; Pastoralism in South Asia. 

Awards(Selected): 
2017

Commonwealth scholar, Centre of International Education, University of Sussex (PhD: 2009 - 2017)

2008

AO James Bequest, All Souls College, University of Oxford.

Scholarly Activity

Publications
J&K State Report chapter in ‘Impact of COVID-19 lockdown on pastoralists in India’
(CFP). Centre For Pastoralism, 2022

‘Communications From The Field: The Tale Of Two Gujjar Communities’
Nomadic Peoples, Volume 25, Number 1, Spring 2021

'The Bakkarwals of Jammu and Kashmir: Negotiating the Commons’
Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, 2020, New Series, Volume Xii, no.1(2020):  https://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/anthro/documents/media/j...

'Nomadism and the Frontiers of the State' (2018) Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford, New Series, Volume X, no. 1: https://www.anthro.ox.ac.uk/jaso/current-issue

'South Asian Nomads — A Literature Review' (2011) PTA 58. CREATE Pathways to Access Series, University of Sussex: http://www.create-rpc.org/pdf_documents/PTA58.pdf -rpc.org/pdf_documents/ PTA58.pdf

Book
The Nomadic Bakkarwals of Jammu & Kashmir, (2009) Niyogi Publications, New Delhi (Shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award – Non-fiction, 2010).

Press Publications
Firstpost; May 16, 2018, (See https://www.firstpost.com/india/neither-jammu-nor-kashmir-the-bakkarwals...)