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Mohamad JunaidDr. Mohamad Junaid

Assistant Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work 


About Me

I am a cultural anthropologist with a strong belief in teaching as central to creating a just, sustainable, and pluralistic world. As a teacher, I seek to inspire students to nurture open-mindedness, to trace the interconnectedness of human and non-human worlds, and toward a compelling vision of our collective future. I foster a learning environment in which my students and I build a critical understanding of socio-political issues in local and global contexts. Committed to their intellectual and ethical transformation, I provide students with intellectual tools which they can use to replace received mental models and to build new modes of thinking. In my classes, I use an eclectic combination of anthropology theory, ethnographic texts, documentary films, and self-reflexive anthropological essays to nurture an informed interest in anthropological approaches to cultural difference, to questions of inequality and power, as well as to the discipline’s creative and imaginative potential.

Research/Creative Interests

I specialize in political movements, militarization, space and place, memory studies, and visual anthropology. My previous work analyzed youth activism, political subjectivity, and practices of state violence in Kashmir. My research also included studies of affect, commemoration, and the politics of graveyards in the region. My current project is an ethnographic study of the visual economy of violence in South Asia. I analyze ways in which the professional demands, material logistics, and ethics of photojournalism, as well as notions of ‘photorealism,’ relate to the visual framing of violence, how such framing mediates local and global understanding of political conflicts, and how images of violence are mobilized politically by governments, human rights groups, and activists in pursuit of inclusionary and exclusionary ends.


Junaid, Mohamad. 2018. “Epitaphs as Counterhistories: martyrdom, commemoration and the work of graveyards in Kashmir.” In Resistance Occupation in Kashmir (The Ethnography of Political Violence), eds. Haley Duschinski, Mona Bhan, Ather Zia, and Cynthia Mahmood, 248-277. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Junaid. Mohamad. 2013. “Death and Life Under Military Occupation: Space, Violence, and Memory in Kashmir.” In Everyday Occupations: Experiencing Militarism in South Asia and the Middle East, ed. Kamala Visweswaran, 158-190. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Junaid, Mohamad. 2010. “Elephant in the Room: Debate over Right of Secession.” Economic and Political Weekly XLV, no. 50.


“Internal insecurity: Ikhwan, elections, and the state of emergency in Kashmir.” Panel on Security Empire. American Anthropology Association, Annual Meetings, Washington DC, Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2017.

“State of Emergency, State of Elections: The Social Meanings of ‘Democracy’ in Kashmir.” Panel on Ethnography of Political Process: the aporias of democracy and elections in India. Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, MD, Oct 26-28, 2017.

“Research in ‘Conflict Zones’, Methodological Pluralism, and Rethinking Philosophical Concepts in Ethnographic Research.” Seminar on Occupational Hazards: Theories and Methodologies. Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK, May 9-10, 2015.

Contact Information

Office: Murdock Hall 326


Fall 2019
Office Hours
Tuesday 10:30-12:30 PM;
Wednesday 3:00-4:00 PM and by appointment.



Ph.D., The Graduate Center CUNY, 2017

M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), 2008

M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006

B.A., Aligarh Muslim University, 2003

Courses Taught

ANTH 130: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology

ANTH 395-01: Ethnographies of South Asia, Fall 2018

ANTH 395-02: Visual Anthropology

ANTH 395: Anthropology of Violence