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Christina Joseph

UGA Arch
Part-time Assistant Professor
J. Hatten Howard III Teaching Professor

While a South Asianist by training, my most recent research interest has shifted to Europe and the Roma/Romani/Sinti peoples who left India over one thousand years ago and are now dispersed over most of Europe. I am specifically interested in Roma activism that focuses on: educating Roma youth (about the Romani Holocaust or Porajmos and the history of discrimination in Europe) and on the legal action of civil society groups against discrimination in education, housing, employment, and freedom of movement within the EU.

I also facilitate experiential learning with refugee populations in Austria and in the US.

Research Interests:
  • Roma / Romani /Sinti (“Gypsy”) activism
  • Political ecology of groundwater
  • Popular culture and identity politics among second-generation South Asians in the Diaspora
  • Sacred space and religious fundamentalism in South Asia
  • Impact of tourism on third-world destinations
  • Pilgrimages
  • Sacred groves
Selected Publications:

Joseph, Chris A. 2013. Towards community-based management of water resources: A critical ethnography of lake and groundwater conservation in Pushkar, India. In Water Co-management. Velma I Grover and Gail Krantzberg, eds. Pp. 111-134. New Hampshire: Science Publishers.

Joseph, C. A. 2007. Hindu nationalism, community rhetoric and the impact of tourism: The “divine dilemma” of Pushkar, Rajasthan. In Raj rhapsodies: Tourism, heritage and the seduction of history. Carol E. Henderson and Maxine Weisgrau, eds. Pp. 203-219. Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Joseph, C. A., and Anandam Kavoori. 2007. “Colonial discourses and the writings of Katherine Mayo.” American Journalism. 24(3): 55-84.


PhD, Anthropology, University of Rochester, 1994

Graduate Certificate, Women’s Studies, University of Georgia, 2000

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