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.
Courses taught: State, Citizenship & Bureaucracy; Agrarian Worlds; Kinship & Relatedness; Nomads And The Outside World; Pastoralism in South Asia.
Commonwealth scholar, Centre of International Education, University of Sussex (PhD: 2009 - 2017)
AO James Bequest, All Souls College, University of Oxford.