Nishita Trisalis an anthropologist, writer, and editor.

BIO

Nishita is currently writing her dissertation, Banking on Uncertainty: Debt, Default, and Violence in Indian-Administered Kashmirbased on 26 months of ethnographic and archival research conducted in Srinagar, Kashmir and New Delhi, India. Her research followed 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 Social Science Research Council, Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Rackham Graduate School.

Nishita is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She has a long-standing interest in academic editing and currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for Comparative Studies in Society & History.

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RESEARCH

Improvising Demonetization in a Kashmiri Bank

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

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Introduction: Anthropology in the Age of Executive Orders

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

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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.

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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.

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WORKING PAPERS

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

EDITORIAL SERVICES

Nishita is available for copy editing services and specializes in journal articles and book manuscripts. For more information and to inquire about rates, please email her with your materials.

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Assistant Professor, Anthropology

"Nishita is an astute editor who combines a careful eye and analytic clarity with a wide range of her own learning and research. The result is that my work improved on its own terms and could speak to broader issues and themes."

Recent PhD, Anthropology & History

"Nishita's edits to my grant proposal were invaluable. She helped to clarify language that slipped by countless previous readers, including committee members, other faculty, and my peers."

PhD Candidate & successful grant applicant

"Nishita edited my job letter not just for greater clarity but also to bring out the significance of my ideas more effectively. For instance, she took a string of descriptive words that I had used unreflexively to talk about my project many times in other places and rearranged them to reflect a more considered progression of ideas. She makes small and significant edits that push you to think about the weight of each sentence and the work it does in each paragraph and in the larger argument."

Assistant Professor, History

"Nishita was one of the most astute and perceptive editors who I have had the chance to work with. Not only did she inevitably pick out errors, but she also had the ability to figure out what I wanted to say in a passage but couldn't very well."

Assistant Professor, Political Science

"Nishita is a wonderfully precise and generous editor. She doesn't just give productive suggestions, but she also explains why something might not be as clear or clarifying as it could be. She has magically and significantly improved everything I have ever sent her!"

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

"Nishita is an astute editor who combines a careful eye and analytic clarity with a wide range of her own learning and research. The result is that my own work improved on its own terms and could speak to broader issues and themes."

Recent PhD, Anthropology & History

"Nishita's edits to my grant proposal were invaluable. She helped to clarify language that slipped by countless previous readers, including committee members, other faculty, and my peers."

PhD Candidate & successful grant applicant