Mona Bhan

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Mona Bhan[1] is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor of Anthropology at DePauw University. Her extensive research work on Ladakh on questions of identity, development, militarization, and counterinsurgency has been published in numerous journals [2] such as the Journal of Asian Studies, Sociological Bulletin, Contemporary South Asia, and Cultural Anthropology. Her monograph on Ladakh entitled Counterinsurgency, Democracy and the Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare? was published by Routledge in September 2013. She has also conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Kashmir where she focused on the relationship between violence, counterinsurgency, and environmental activism. Her current project examines the politics and contestations over water between India and Pakistan. At DePauw University, she teaches courses on Wars and Militarism, Anthropology of Development, Ethnography of Gender in South Asia, Cosmopolitanism, and Environmental Anthropology.


Some of her publications are:


  • Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare? (London, New York: Routledge, 2013)[3]


  • “Aryan Valley” and the Politics of Race and Religion in Kashmir"[4]
  • "Refiguring Rights, Redefining Culture: Hill-Councils in Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir".[5] Special Journal Issue on "Development of Democratic Routes in the Himalayan 'Borderlands, In Sociological Bulletin 59 (1), 2009. 71-93 (Reprinted in Routeing Democracy in the Himalayas: Experiments and Experiences, eds. Vibha Arora and N. Jayaram, Routledge, India. 2013)
  • "Disarming Violence: Democracy, Development, and the Security on the borders of India",[6] in Journal of Asian Studies, 68, 2009, 519-542.
  • "Border Practices: Labor and Nationalism among Brogpas of Ladakh".[7] in Contemporary South Asia, 16 (2), (June, 2008), 139-157.

Other publications[edit]

  • "Rethinking Ethics" In AnthroNews, December 2007. pp. 48–49
  • "Fluid Landscapes: The Politics of Conservation and Dislocation"[8] in Greater Kashmir, June 28, 2009 (With Nishita Trisal)
  • "Military Masculinities" 2006. In Men of the Global South: A Reader, edited by Adam Jones. London: Zed Books. pp 269–271 (Republished in Recent Research on Ladakh, Papers from the 12th Colloquium of the International Association for Ladakh Studies, 2009).

Book Reviews by Mona Bhan[edit]

  • Review of Role and Image of Law in India: The Tribal Experience. Vasudha Dhagamvar. Sage Publications, 2006. In PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 32 (2), (November, 2008) 344-349.
  • Review of Newsrooms in Conflict: Journalism and Democratization of Mexico. Sallie Hughes. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006. In The Latin Americanist, 52 (2): 2008, 100-103




  1. ^ "Prof. Mona Bhan Publishes Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India - DePauw University".
  2. ^ "Prof. Mona Bhan Publishes Counterinsurgency, Democracy, And The Politics Of Identity In India (depauw University)". Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ Bhan, Mona (11 September 2013). Counterinsurgency, Democracy, and the Politics of Identity in India: From Warfare to Welfare?. Routledge. ISBN 9781134509836 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Fieldsights-Hot Spots". Cultural Anthropology Online. March 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Refiguring Rights, Redefining Culture: Hill-Councils in Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir". Sociological Bulletin. 58 (1).
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  7. ^ Bhan, Mona (1 June 2008). "Border practices: labour and nationalism among Brogpas of Ladakh". Contemporary South Asia. 16 (2): 139–157. doi:10.1080/09584930701733472.
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  9. ^ "The Last of the Aryans - OPEN Magazine". OPEN Magazine.
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