Rupak Shrestha, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography, researches primarily questions of extraterritorial sovereignty, citizenship, and territory in spaces (re)produced by the politics of development. He is interested in understanding how people are rendered powerless through state mechanisms, and the ways in which the powerless counteract and navigate through/around such mechanisms. Rupak is currently researching the processes through which (1) Tibetans-in-exile exercise and negotiate politics through engagements with Walung indigeneity in the NE Nepali Himalayas (2) China's extraterritorial sovereignty and politics of development are situated in Boudha, Kathmandu.
Rupak has a MA in Geography from Miami University (OH) and a BA in Geography, Tourism, and GIS from St. Cloud State University (MN). He grew up in Nepal but identifies various places around the world as his home. He photographs, runs, and cooks.