2015-2016 Visiting Scholars

Svati P. Shah is an associate professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Previously, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in sexuality studies at Duke University, and had served as visiting assistant professor at Wellesley College and New York University. She has spoken about her work extensively in the U.S., India, Europe, and South Africa. Dr. Shah earned a PhD in 2006 from Columbia University’s joint doctoral program in anthropology and public health; she also holds an MPH from Emory University. Dr. Shah has taught sexuality studies and  feminist studies in her courses, and in workshops and short-term courses taught internationally. Dr. Shah’s has published work on a range of topics that explore the intersections of urbanization, sexuality, migration and political economy. Her research has examined these intersections ethnographically, through studies of sexual commerce and LGBTQ politics in India. Dr. Shah also works with a number of charitable foundations and community based organizations, both in the U.S. and in India. Her ethnographic monograph entitled Street Corner Secrets: Sex, Work and Migration in the City of Mumbai was published by Duke University Press in 2014. Her new three new projects examine the relationship between climate justice movements and trade unions, the intersections of sexuality politics and land rights movements in India, and pedagogical questions that derive from theorizing sexuality in the non-Western world.

Nancy Hiemstra is assistant professor of Migration Studies in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at SUNY Stony Brook, in Long Island, New York. She was previously a Scholar In Residence at Emerson College. Dr. Hiemstra completed her PhD in 2011 from Syracuse University in the Department of Geography, with a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches courses focused on human mobility, women’s and gender studies, cultural studies, Latin America, and feminist research methodologies. Dr. Hiemstra’s scholarship identifies and analyzes the political and socio-cultural reverberations of restrictive immigration policies in the United States and Latin America. As a feminist political geographer, she draws on critical geopolitical theorizations of the state and mobility, and deploys feminist notions of embodiment as tools for qualitative analysis. In order to take into account the spatial and temporal milieu in which international migration occurs, her work considers a broad range of scales, from the intimate to the transnational. She is currently working on a book monograph about the consequences of U.S. immigration enforcement policies in daily life in Ecuador. She has also begun a new research project, in collaboration with Dr. Deirdre Conlon of Leeds University, on immigration detention in the greater New York City area. Dr. Hiemstra will be a Visiting Scholar at the Zolberg Institute in Spring 2016. Please visit her webpage for further information.

Nicholas J. Klein is a research assistant professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Temple University. Nick’s research examines the dual power of mobility to enable both the everyday travel and longer-term changes to individuals, families, neighborhoods and society. His work focuses on questions of social equity in transportation planning, primarily by studying marginalized populations that use transit, walk and bike at high rates. Recent research has focused on the so-called “Chinatown buses,” the travel behavior of recent immigrants to the US, the relationship between sexuality and transportation, and long-term changes in transportation within families in the US. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers University. For further information, please click here.