Tina Harris received her Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2009 from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, and is a member of the AISSR Moving Matters research group.
Her main research interests include aviation, infrastructures, globalization in Asia, and the movement of people and goods across borders. She has conducted field research in Tibet, Nepal, and India, and has published articles on competing discourses over the reopening of a Sino-Indian mountain pass, borderland airports, and vertical borders. She is author of Geographical Diversions: Tibetan Trade, Global Transactions (UGa Press 2013), a book that examines how state power is both articulated and circumvented by cross-border traders in the Himalayas.
I am currently working on a new research project on aviation in Asia, Europe, and Latin America that will investigate how people working in air traffic management, route planning, and operations sectors are dealing with the massive increase in global air travel. I also have a number of articles (for instance, "From Loom to Machine: Tibetan Aprons and the Configuration of Place;" "Trading Places: New Economic Geographies of Trade Across Himalayan Borderlands;" "Himalayan Border Crossings: Reopenings and Restrictions") and a full-length book manuscript (Geographical Diversions) based on my research on contemporary trade and trade routes in Tibet.
I am currently the academic coordinator of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN), which held its 6th international conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in August 2018.
Theory of Ethnographic Research/Fieldwork Seminar (MA Research Masters Social Sciences)
Perceptions of Asia (BA Anthropology)
Designing Fieldwork (MA Anthropology)
Comparative History and Sociology (BA Anthropology)
Mobility, Migration, Security (MA International Development Studies)
Research Methods and Design (MA Contemporary Asian Studies)
Thesis Seminar (MA Contemporary Asian Studies)