Markets; Land; Finance; Kinship; Bureaucracy; Urban studies
Nepal and the Himalayas
Andrew Haxby is an anthropologist of South Asia with a specialty in economic anthropology, migration and mobility, urban studies, and development studies in Kathmandu, Nepal. His current research focuses on the intersection of Kathmandu’s land market, the global remittances economy, and modern finance following the Great Nepal Earthquake of 2015. Through this project, which is based on thirty months of ethnographic fieldwork, he has come to work on issues of economic formalisation, disaster governance, the formation of intimacy in urban economies, and the aspirations of the global middle class. He is also beginning a second project on the business ventures of Nepali migrant laborers after they return from working abroad.
He received his PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2019. His dissertation, “A House Divided: Land, Kinship, and Crisis in Post-Earthquake Kathmandu,” won the University of Michigan’s Louise Ann Williams Anthropology Distinguished Dissertation Award in 2020. Before beginning his postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, he was a Visiting Professor at Pitzer College in the Anthropology field group. He has published in Focaal, Economic Anthropology, and Himalaya.