Nishita Trisal is an anthropologist and writer.


Nishita Trisal is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She previously held a UCI ADVANCE Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology in August 2020 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Her book manuscript, Banking on Uncertainty: Debt, Default, and Violence in Indian-Administered Kashmiris based on 26 months of ethnographic and archival research conducted in Srinagar, Kashmir and New Delhi, India. It follows employees at a large bank branch in Srinagar as well as bank customers, loan borrowers and guarantors, financial planners, and journalists.

Intervening in the scholarly and public conversations on financial crisis and political instability, Banking on Uncertainty  examines how violence and volatility transform everyday banking and financial transactions and what such transformations tell us about the nature of finance and sovereignty more generally.

Nishita's research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Rackham Graduate School.


Introduction: Anthropology in the Age of Executive Orders

Introduction to the Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots virtual issue. Co-edited with Namita Dharia.


Improvising Demonetization in a Kashmiri Bank

Contribution to Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots, "Demonetization: Critical Responses to India’s Cash(/less) Experiment."


“The Kashmirization of India”: Comparison, Solidarity, and “Paranoid” Reading

Speaking Justice to Power Series, Association of Political and Legal Anthropology.


Nehru's Golden Chains in Kashmir

Kashmiris ponder the price they have to pay for economic packages amidst rising discontent over the failure of shutdowns as protest in the wake of another death.


Fluid landscapes, sovereign nature: Conservation and counterinsurgency in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Second author with Dr. Mona Bhan

This article analyzes how environmentalism reinscribed violent forms of state sovereignty in the disputed region of Kashmir in the aftermath of a decade-long uprising against Indian rule.


Additional publications can be found here.


"Who Gets to Speak for Kashmiri Pandits"

Voices from the Lockdown, Firstpost


"India must stop weaponizing the pain of Kashmiri Pandits"

Op-ed piece written after the August 2019 abrogation of Article 370



The Indefinite General Strike: Rules, Repetition, Recognition

No Guarantees: Managing Risk and Volatility in Kashmir’s Economy

Strike Breakers and the “Battle of the Minds” in Kashmir

Freezing Accounts, Tracking (Bank) Notes: Control after Computerization

The Days After Demonetization: Backstage at a Kashmiri Bank