Visiting Assistant Professor
Political geography, visual methodologies, borders, sovereignty, memory

Carnegie 110

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Curriculum Vitae

I am a political geographer interested in teaching and researching about borders, sovereignty, placemaking, memory, and Indigeneity. I am a qualitative and visual researcher who applies ethnographic methodologies and sensibilities in understanding how peoples and communities understand and give meaning to the place around them. I study how people are rendered powerless through state mechanisms and the ways in which they counteract the bordering of their bodies.

I was introduced to the wonderful worlds of Geography and the social sciences at St. Cloud State University, where I completed a B.A in Geography, Tourism, and GIS. I pursued a M.A. in Geography at Miami University (Ohio) with emphasis on seasonal labor migration. I then completed a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder, during which period I conducted NSF grant-funded research in Nepal among Tibetan and Indigenous Himalayan communities on questions of belonging, surveillance, and memory.

I plan to extend this research by ethnographically studying Walungnga and Tibetan refugee mobilities across multiple borderlands in South Asia and in the United States. By underlining diaspora as a critical scale of analysis, I plan to study how transnational mobilities are met with challenges, complications, and contradictions of global and local citizenship. I am interested in understanding how community belonging and organizing creates just futures in the diaspora in response to the global rise in nationalist identity politics.

I grew up in Nepal but identify various places and spaces around the world as my home. I am excited to be in Minnesota, which is my first home in the United States. I bike, run, cook, and take photographs.


Fall 2022
GEOG 294-04: Political Geographies of South Asia
GEOG 394-01: Visual Storytelling

Spring 2023
GEOG 294-04: Indigenous Futures
GEOG 294-02: Borders and Belonging
GEOG 111: Human Geography of Global Issues

Recent Publications

2022.  Shrestha, Rupak. “Affective borderings: Sovereignty and Tibetan refugee placemaking at the Nepal/China borderlands”. Political Geography.

2022.  Shrestha, Rupak, and Jennifer Fluri. “Geopolitics of security and surveillance in Nepal and Afghanistan: A comparative analysis”. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

2021.  Shrestha, Rupak, and Jennifer Fluri. “Geopolitics of Humour and Development in Nepal and Afghanistan”. In The Palgrave Handbook of Humour Research, edited by Elisabeth Vanderheiden and Claude-Hélène Mayer. Palgrave Macmillan. 189-203.

2021.  Shrestha, Rupak. Book Review of Geocultural Power: China’s Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century, by Tim Winter. Eurasian Geography and Economics.