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Visiting Scholars

2017-2018


Prof. Mei LingMei-Ling Ellerman, PhD, Visiting Scholar, conducts interdisciplinary research on all forms of power, control, and subordination exercised over members of vulnerable groups, and the socio-cultural, socio-political, moral, psychological and cognitive factors that influence their responses. Ellerman founded “The Action Research Project on Domestic Workers” in Beijing, and led research on workplace issues and sexual harassment of Chinese female and male migrant domestic workers. Her other research projects have been supported by UNESCO and the Fulbright and David L. Boren Fellowships. Ellerman earned her PhD from The Australian National University.


Purna NepaliPurna Bahadur Nepali, PhD, a Fulbright Visiting Research Fellow, was the Coordinator for the Regional Food Security Governance Project in South and East Asia for DanChurchAid, the development arm of Danish churches. He is currently conducting research on reorienting the political economy of agrarian transformations, focusing on marginalized communities in Nepal. He is an adjunct faculty on Land Administration, Kathmandu University and Rural Sociology at Agriculture and Forestry University; the founding member of South-Asian Institute for Advanced Studies and of the Consortium for Land Research and Policy Dialogue. He received his PhD from Kathmandu University in conjunction with the human geography program at the University of Zurich. His ongoing research is on landlessness, livelihood insecurity and social conflict with special focus on the Dalit community.


2016-2017


Prof. Man BahadurMan Bahadur Bishwakarma, PhD, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, and the Joint Secretary/Director General of the Government of Nepal’s Department of Labour. Previously he was the National Manager for the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue under the UNDP Support to Participatory Constitution Building Process in Nepal. He has published widely on Dalit issues in Nepal and is an Adjunct Professor at Tribhuvan University where he also received his Ph.D.


Prof. Mei LingMei-Ling Ellerman, PhD, Visiting Scholar, conducts interdisciplinary research on all forms of power, control, and subordination exercised over members of vulnerable groups, and the socio-cultural, socio-political, moral, psychological and cognitive factors that influence their responses. Ellerman founded “The Action Research Project on Domestic Workers” in Beijing, and led research on workplace issues and sexual harassment of Chinese female and male migrant domestic workers. Her other research projects have been supported by UNESCO and the Fulbright and David L. Boren Fellowships. Ellerman earned her PhD from The Australian National University.


2015-2016


Photo of Prof. Vinya AriyaratneProfessor Vinya Ariyaratne, MD, MPH, MSc, General Secretary, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, and Community Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka





Photo of Prof. Sukhadeo ThoratProfessor Sukhadeo Thorat, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Chair, Indian Council for Social Science Research; Co-founder, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi




2014-2015


  • Professor Vinya Ariyaratne, MD, MPH, MSc, General Secretary, Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, and Community Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • Professor Homero Castanier, MA, Director of Environmental Management, City of Quito Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority; and Associate Professor, Central University of Ecuador
  • Professor Sukhadeo Thorat, PhD, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Chair, Indian Council for Social Science Research; Co-founder, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi
  • Professor Gao Ying, PhD, Beijing Normal University

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