Tina Shrestha

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Tina Shrestha
Waseda University
Job title
Assistant Professor
PhD(Cornell University)
Research funding number


My research examines labor brokerage sustaining migration infrastructures in Asia and North America. It examines the role of the Nepali state, employment-recruitment agencies, and educational consultancies in outmigration to Malaysia, Japan and the United States. It draws on the interdisciplinary debate of international migration, low-wage labor regularization, and cross-border economies.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Jun 2018
Assistant Professor, Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University
Jul 2016
May 2018
Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Mar 2015
Jan 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University
Dec 2014
Jan 2013
Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Catholic University of America


Aug 2006
May 2014
Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Published Papers

Tina Shrestha
Anthropology of Work Review   40(1)    Jun 2019   [Refereed]
This article contributes to the anthropological discussion on precariousness and labor precarity, with regards to temporality, potentiality, and subjectivity, by examining how asylum-seeking accounts intersect with, interrupt, and above all, infor...
Tina Shrestha
Pacific Affairs   91(4) 673-693   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
This article contributes to the current scholarship on migration brokerage and infrastructure by revealing the contingent, experimental, and dynamic nature of recruiting work for foreign-employment recruitment agencies (FERAs) in Nepal. By situati...
*Tina Shrestha and Brenda Yeoh
Pacific Affairs   91(4) 663-672   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
This special issue develops brokerage as a historically specific category of practice to investigate its intricate link in shaping and sustaining Asian migration infrastructures. To understand this specific interconnection, the authors focus their...
“Kaagaz banaune: The collective practice of moral suffering in the asylum experience of Nepalis in the United States”
Tina Shrestha
Studies in Nepali History and Society   20(1) 6-30   Jan 2016   [Refereed]
This article explores the dual process of kagaj banaune (“making paper”) and duhkha (“suffering”) among Nepalis in the United States (U.S.). In particular, it traces specific ways in which it materializes and, in turn, is reinforced through people...
“‘Learning English, speaking Hindi’: the paradox of language integration among Nepalis in the United States”
Tina Shrestha
Refugee Resettlement in the United States   95-116   Dec 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
This chapter reflects on the interconnection between English language acquisition and everyday work experiences among Nepali migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers attending English Language classes in a Nepali grassroots, workers' rights organiza...


[Book Review] Troubled Transit: Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia
Tina Shrestha
Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia   175 108-112   May 2019   [Invited]
[Book Review] Nepali migrant women: Resistance and Survival in America
Shobha Hamal Gurung
Studies in Nepali History and Society   23(1) 234-238   Jun 2018   [Invited]
[Book Review] The need to help: the domestic arts of international humanitarianism
Liisa Malkki
Journal of Royal Anthropological Institute   N.S.(22) 993-994   2016   [Refereed][Invited]

Conference Activities & Talks

Aspirational Infrastructure: Everyday Brokerage and the Foreign-Employment Recruitment Agencies in Nepal [Invited]
Tina Shrestha
2nd Nepal and Himalayan Studies Seminar   27 Nov 2018   
“The Migration Industry, Corruptive Practices, and the State in Nepal" [Invited]
Tina Shrestha
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting   29 Nov 2017   

Research Grants & Projects

Migration infrastructure and the Nepali student-migration to Japan
JSPS : Grant-in-Aid for Early Career Scientists: 
Project Year: 2019 - 2021    Investigator(s): Tina Shrestha