Graduate Students


Ashvina Patel

Graduate Student


Research Interests:

  • Urban Refugees & Forced Migration
  • Statelessness
  • Citizenship
  • Secularism and Religion
  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Studies

Ashvina Patel is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University in the Department of Anthropology. She holds a M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology from SMU and a M.A. in Religion from University of Hawai'i, Manoa. As a doctoral student, her research focuses on issues of human in/security among Rohingya refugees in the context of American resettlement as well as within New Delhi, India as urban refugees. Her research work focuses specifically on defining the subjective experience of human in/security and how various forms of in/security are informed by statelessness.

Entered program in 2013.

Region of Study:

South Asia & Myanmar

Honors and Awards:

Embrey Human Rights Program Student Research Grant
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship
Kemper Endowment Fund for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology
SMU Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Association Travel Award