Aparna Malaviya is a Fulbright Nehru Post-Doctoral Visiting Scholar from India (September 2018-march 2020). As a Fulbright fellow, Aparna is working with Professor Sunaina Maira of the Department of Asian American Studies in UC Davis. Aparna is a trained ethnographer and holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. Aparna is a researcher of Refugee Studies, who is currently working on her Postdoctoral project on Afghan Refugees in the US.
She aims to explore the link (if there) that exists between Afghan refugees in India and in the US and try to understand the Diaspora process of space building in a comparative transnational context. The aim of her ongoing project is to study dimensions of difference in the refugee care regimes of India and the US, and their reflections in the everyday lives of refugees living in these two countries.