Graduate Alumni News
Nehraz Mahmud is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and focuses on the barriers to women's rights to property in Bangladesh; she recently received the Vanier CGS scholarship from the Social Science Research Council of Canada. In 2006 Mahmud was nominated for the Fulbright Scholarship offered by the Department of State of the USA and attended Brandies University for her joint MA in Anthropology and Women's Studies. She has also been a Trustee of an NGO called the Tilottama Voluntary Women's Organization for more than ten years. This organization works on various social issues including educating poor children, providing quality healthcare serviced at a low cost, immunization, and providing livelihood training to poor women. Involvement in human rights related activities made her interested to inquire as a researcher about the nature of economic inequality between men and women in Bangladesh, a major reason for which is the unequal law of distribution of inherited property. As a member of the community of Muslim women she wants to contribute in discovering ways to counter this persistent inequality that subverts women's socio-economic position.
Paula Sabloff is a political anthropologist and a professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Following several was in higher education, Sabloff has returned to anthropological research in Mongolia. Her research focuses on Mongolians’ changing ideas of democracy and capitalism as they leave behind socialism and adapt to democracy and capitalism. In that pursuit, she has conducted fieldwork and interviews in the summers of 1996-2003. She curated an exhibition, “Modern Mongolia: Reclaiming Genghis Khan,” which spent five months at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian) in 2002 among other venues. An edited volume by that name is still selling on Amazon. She recently organized a four-day symposium on Mongolia with the idea of challenging the area studies concept in academia and the State Department; that volume, Mapping Mongolia: From Geologic Time to the Present, is published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2011). She contributed a think piece to a new Chinese news agency, Caixin. Her article, "Risk and Democracy in Post-socialist Mongolia," was accepted for publication September 2011. She is currently working on an undergraduate ethnography on Mongolia. Its underlying theme is to ask whether democracy is a universal desire or a conceit of US policy.