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Dr Leah Koskimaki

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Leah Koskimaki was a Research Fellow with the Provincial Globalisation Research Programme at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, from October 2011 to December 2013. Since October 2014, she has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) and the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.

Koskimaki received her PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Washington in 2011. Her research interests include development studies, political anthropology, transnationalism, youth cultures, and theories of the public sphere. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled ‘Youth Publics and Embodied Politics: Genealogies of Development Aspiration in North Indian Hill Towns’, looks into the workings of democracy, youth politics, and Hindi-language publics in small towns in the Western Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India. She is preparing a book manuscript based on this dissertation. Koskimaki has presented her research at several conferences and workshops including the American Anthropological Association, the Association for Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin's Annual Conference on South Asia at Madison, and Heidelberg University. She has won fellowships from Fulbright- Hays DDRA, the American Institute of Indian Studies, Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) for the study of Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali, as well as University of Washington’s Vigfusson and Chester-Fritz Fellowships.


PhD (Sociocultural Anthropology), University of Washington, 2011