Harris CH Tina

C.H. (Tina) Harris

1976 –
anthropology, globalization in Asia, material culture
Tibet, Nepal, India, Himalayas, Indo-Sino-Nepal Borderlands

Curriculum vitae

1976born in Midland, Michigan, USA
1998BA in anthropology, Wesleyan University
1999-2005program assistant, research assistant, and consultant with the South(east) Asia Program, Illicit Flows and Criminality Program, and Middle East Program, Social Science Research Council
2003-2009adjunct faculty positions at Fordham University and Lehman College
2009PhD in anthropology under the supervision of Neil Smith, City University of New York (CUNY)
2009-2010assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work and academic advisor of the Asian Studies minor at Texas Tech University
2011-presentassistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam; fieldwork and thesis coordinator of the Contemporary Asian Studies master programme; member of the AISSR Moving Matters research group; currently working on a research project that involves mobility, capital, and the production of space between regional airports in Asia

Special activities and positions

  • Participant, organiser, and presenter at numerous conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America, see here for a list
  • Editor, book reviews, Visual Anthropology Review, 2004-2006
  • Academic coordinator of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN), 2010-present
  • Scientific committee, Association of Borderlands Studies World Conference, 2012
  • Editorial board, Himalaya, 2013-present
  • Academic committee, International Institute for Asian Studies, 2013-2014
  • Board member, International Institute for Asian Studies, 2014-present
  • Series co-editor, Asian Borderlands, Amsterdam University Press, 2014-present



2007 “Towards a geographical anthropology of trade in the Himalayas.” In: Michael Gervers, Uradyn Bulag and Gillian Long (eds), Traders and trade routes of Central and Inner Asia, then and now, University of Toronto (Toronto Studies in Central and Inner Asia 8), pp. 189-206.
& Evan Rapport, review of: Music of the Silk Road & The Silk Road: A Musical Caravan]. Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 8,3: 275-277.
2008 “Silk roads and wool routes: contemporary geographies of trade between Lhasa and Kalimpong.” India Review 7,3: 200-222.
Review of: Françoise Lionnet and Shu-mei Shih (eds), Minor transnationalism, Durham [N.C., etc.]: Duke University Press 2005. Gender, Place and Culture 15,6: 650-652.
2012 “From loom to machine: Tibetan aprons and the configuration of place.” Environment and Planning, part D: Society and Space 30,5: 877-895.
& SIGJ2 Writing Collective, “What can we do? The challenge of being new academics in neoliberal universities.” Antipode 44,4: 1055-1058.
& SIGJ2 Writing Collective, “’Tim-adical’ action: a reply to culum canally.” Antipode 2012(8).
2013 “Trading places: new economic geographies across Himalayan borderlands.” Political Geography 35: 60-68.
Geographical diversions: Tibetan trade, global transactions, Athens: University of Georgia Press (Geographies of justice and social transformation 18).
“The border worlds of Wim van Spengen.” Himalaya 33,1/2: 106.
2014 “Tracing trade: contemporary transformations of space and place in the Himalayas.” In: H. Alff and A. Benz (eds), Tracing connections: explorations of spaces and places in Asian multilocalities, Berlin: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, pp. 41-52.
“Yak tails, Santa Claus, and transnational trade in the Himalayas.” The Tibet Journal 39,1: 145-155.
2015 & Hasse vd Veen, “Whose security?: regionalisation and human security at borderland airports in Asia.” Etnofoor 27,2: 37-52.
Review of: Taming Tibet: landscape transformation and the gift of Chinese development. Journal of Asian Studies 74,4.