Ashvina Patel

Graduate Student





BA Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
MA Anthropology, Southern Methodist University

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