Dannah Dennis is an anthropologist who studies practices of everyday citizenship and formations of personal, political, and gendered subjectivities, with a particular focus on social media. Much of her research has been centered in Nepal and the Nepali diaspora. She has published articles on the gendered and regional exclusions that shape Nepali citizenship law, on the politics of road-building and infrastructure in Kathmandu, on the multiple meanings of Nepal's claim to Buddha's birthplace, and on the circulation of images of historical figures in social media, along with ethnographic fiction exploring the obligations of care in Nepali families shaped by transnational migration. Her work has appeared in American Anthropologist, positions: asia critique, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, South Asian History and Culture, Himalaya, Media as Politics in South Asia, Anthropology and Humanism, Tasveer Ghar, and elsewhere. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2017 and has held faculty positions at NYU Shanghai, Hamilton College, and Bucknell University.
Programs and Projects
The Data Fluencies Project seeks to develop an expansive and interdisciplinary approach that combines the interpretative traditions of the arts and humanities with critical work in the social and data sciences to support innovative engagements with (and resistances to) our data-filled world.