Aanchal Saraf

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Aanchal Saraf is from Houston, Texas. She graduated from Brown University in 2016, receiving a B.A. with Honors in Geography and Ethnic Studies, Magna Cum Laude. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she wrote a senior thesis in the form of an ethnography, focusing on indigenous activism and environmental ontologies in Hawai’i, particularly surrounding Kanaka Maoli communities living on the Big Island and protesting development of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the sacred summit of Mauna Kea. Her undergraduate research speaks to her interests in oral history, environmental justice, indigenous sovereignty movements, critical race theory, and knowledge production. Her research interests also include feminist and queer theory, performance theory, and histories of capitalism and imperialism. After graduation, she moved to Bumthang, Bhutan, where she was an academic intern for a political ecology course on Himalayan socioeconomics. She came to Yale in 2017 as a National Science Foundation GRFP recipient, and hopes to continue exploring questions of environment, identity, and resistance while here.

Critical Race Theory; Feminist/Queer Theory; Political Ecology; Ethnography; Geography; Imperialisms in Asia/Pacific; Settler Colonialism; Performance Ecology