Faculty Profile

Andrew Nelson

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Anthropology
College
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

    

Education

PhD, University of Virginia, 2013.
Major: Anthropology
MA, University of Virginia, 2008.
Major: Anthropology
MA, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2004.
Major: Anthropology of Media
BA, Grinnell College, 2000.
Major: Anthropology

Current Scheduled Teaching*

ANTH 5760.100, Advanced Studies in Urban Anthropology, Fall 2021
ANTH 5950.109, Applied Thesis, Fall 2021
ANTH 5950.309, Applied Thesis, Fall 2021
ANTH 5031.100, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, Fall 2021
ANTH 4760.100, Inequality, Social Justice and the City, Fall 2021 Syllabus
ANTH 5900.309, Special Problems, Fall 2021
ANTH 5910.109, Special Problems, Fall 2021
ANTH 5910.209, Special Problems, Fall 2021
ANTH 5910.309, Special Problems, Fall 2021

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

ANTH 5950.109, Applied Thesis, Summer 5W2 2021
ANTH 1150.200, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2021 Syllabus
ANTH 5021.200, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5021.300, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5950.109, Applied Thesis, Spring 2021
ANTH 5950.209, Applied Thesis, Spring 2021
ANTH 5950.309, Applied Thesis, Spring 2021
ANTH 3700.200, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2021 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 3700.300, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2021 SPOT
ANTH 5760.001, Advanced Studies in Urban Anthropology, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5950.109, Applied Thesis, Fall 2020
ANTH 5950.209, Applied Thesis, Fall 2020
ANTH 5950.309, Applied Thesis, Fall 2020
ANTH 5031.001, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 4760.001, Inequality, Social Justice and the City, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5300.200, Migrants and Refugees, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5300.300, Migrants and Refugees, Fall 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5900.309, Special Problems, Fall 2020
ANTH 5950.109, Applied Thesis, Summer 5W2 2020
ANTH 4920.109, Cooperative Education in Anthropology, Summer 8W1 2020
ANTH 1150.200, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 1150.300, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2020 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5021.200, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2020 Syllabus
ANTH 5021.300, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2020 Syllabus
ANTH 5950.109, Applied Thesis, Spring 2020
ANTH 5950.209, Applied Thesis, Spring 2020
ANTH 3700.200, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2020 Syllabus
ANTH 4900.109, Special Problems, Spring 2020
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Fall 2019
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Fall 2019
ANTH 5031.810, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5031.820, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5900.909, Special Problems, Fall 2019
ANTH 4701.004, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5700.014, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2019 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 4920.709, Cooperative Education in Anthropology, Summer 5W2 2019
ANTH 4701.037, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Summer 3W1 2019
ANTH 5700.037, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Summer 3W1 2019
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2019 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5021.001, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2019 SPOT
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Spring 2019
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Spring 2019
ANTH 3700.810, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2019 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Fall 2018
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Fall 2018
ANTH 5300.810, Migrants and Refugees, Fall 2018 SPOT
ANTH 5300.820, Migrants and Refugees, Fall 2018 SPOT
ANTH 5900.709, Special Problems, Fall 2018
ANTH 5910.909, Special Problems, Fall 2018
ANTH 4701.004, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2018 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5700.014, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2018 SPOT
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2018 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 1150.820, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2018 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5021.001, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2018 SPOT
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Spring 2018
ANTH 5950.909, Applied Thesis, Spring 2018
ANTH 3700.810, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2018 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5900.709, Special Problems, Spring 2018
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Fall 2017
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Fall 2017
ANTH 5031.810, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, Fall 2017 SPOT
ANTH 5031.820, Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods, Fall 2017 SPOT
ANTH 5900.709, Special Problems, Fall 2017
ANTH 5900.809, Special Problems, Fall 2017
ANTH 5900.909, Special Problems, Fall 2017
ANTH 4701.004, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2017 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5700.014, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2017 SPOT
ANTH 4011.001, Anthropological Fieldmethods, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5021.001, Anthropological Thought and Praxis II, Spring 2017 SPOT
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Spring 2017
ANTH 4900.709, Special Problems, Spring 2017
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 1150.820, World Cultures Through Film, Spring 2017 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Fall 2016
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Fall 2016
ANTH 5300.810, Migrants and Refugees, Fall 2016 SPOT
ANTH 5300.820, Migrants and Refugees, Fall 2016 SPOT
ANTH 4701.004, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2016 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5700.014, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2016 SPOT
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2016 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 1150.820, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2016 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 4011.001, Anthropological Fieldmethods, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Spring 2016
ANTH 5950.809, Applied Thesis, Spring 2016
ANTH 3700.001, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2016 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 5900.709, Special Problems, Fall 2015
ANTH 5900.809, Special Problems, Fall 2015
ANTH 4701.004, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2015 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Fall 2015 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2015 Syllabus SPOT
ANTH 4011.001, Anthropological Fieldmethods, Spring 2015 Syllabus
ANTH 5950.709, Applied Thesis, Spring 2015
ANTH 2300.002, Culture and Society, Spring 2015 Syllabus
ANTH 5300.810, Migrants and Refugees, Spring 2015
ANTH 5300.820, Migrants and Refugees, Spring 2015
ANTH 4900.709, Special Problems, Spring 2015
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Spring 2015 Syllabus
ANTH 2300.001, Culture and Society, Fall 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 1010.810, Introduction to Anthropology, Fall 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 5900.709, Special Problems, Fall 2014
ANTH 4701.004, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Fall 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Fall 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 4701.029, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology, Summer 5W1 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 4011.001, Anthropological Fieldmethods, Spring 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 2300.002, Culture and Society, Spring 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Spring 2014 Syllabus
ANTH 2300.001, Culture and Society, Fall 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 1010.810, Introduction to Anthropology, Fall 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Fall 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 1010.810, Introduction to Anthropology, Summer 8W1 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 1150.810, World Cultures Through Film, Summer 8W1 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 4011.001, Anthropological Fieldmethods, Spring 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 2300.002, Culture and Society, Spring 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 1010.810, Introduction to Anthropology, Spring 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 3700.001, Peoples and Cultures of South Asia, Spring 2013 Syllabus
ANTH 2300.001, Culture and Society, Fall 2012
ANTH 2300.810, Culture and Society, Fall 2012
ANTH 1010.002, Introduction to Anthropology, Fall 2012
ANTH 1010.810, Introduction to Anthropology, Fall 2012

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Bibliography
Onta, P., Nelson, A. S., Linder, B., Maharjan, M. R. (2019). Some Recent Articles on Kathmandu: A Short Bibliography. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari. http://www.martinchautari.org.np/files/bibliography/Some-Recent-Articles-on-Kathmandu_A-Short-Bibliography_CBS-2016-3.pdf
Book
Nelson, A. S., Rödlach, A., Willems, R. (2019). The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498588898/The-Crux-of-Refugee-Resettlement-Rebuilding-Social-Networks
Book Chapter
Nelson, A. S. (2019). 'There Will Never Be a Foreclosure in Our Community': Networks of Dependence in the Secondary Relocation of Nepali-Bhutanese Refugees. The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks. 215-235. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.
Nelson, A. S., Rödlach, A., Willems, R. (2019). Introduction. The Crux of Refugee Resettlement: Rebuilding Social Networks. xv-xxxiv. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.
Nelson, A. S. (2018). Between Here and There: The Accidental South Asian Diaspora of Quito, Ecuador. Porous Borders, Invisible Boundaries? Ethnographic Perspectives on the Vicissitudes of Contemporary Migration. 111-116. Society for Urban, National, Transnational and Global Anthropology. http://sunta.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Porous-Borders-Invisible-Boundaries.Nov_.2018.pdf
Nelson, A. S. (2011). “‘No Horn Please’: Sociality and Self-Governance in a Kathmandu Housing Colony.”. Urban Navigations: Politics, Space, and the City in South Asia. 213-238. New Delhi, India and Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Book Review
Nelson, A. S. (2018). Review of Caste and Kinship in a Modern Hindu Society: The Newar City of Lalitpur, Nepal. Himalaya. 38(1), 216-217. https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol38/iss1/31/
Nelson, A. S. (2017). Review of Refugees of Shangri-La. Himalaya. 37(1), 159-161. http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol37/iss1/30/
Nelson, A. S. (2016). The Brave New World of Ethnicity in Nepal: A Review of Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: Identities and Moblization after 1990, edited by Mahendra Lawoti and Susan Hangen..
Nelson, A. S. (2015). Review of Mediating the Global: Expatria's Forms and Consequences in Kathmandu by Heather Hindman.. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aman.12314
Journal Article
Nelson, A. S. (2020). From Romance to Tragedy: House Ownership and Relocation in the Resettlement Narratives of Nepali Bhutanese Refugees. Journal of Refugee Studies.
Nelson, A. S. (2019). Architectural Tradition and Modernity as Crypto-Colonial Ways of Seeing: a Comparison of Kathmandu's 1934 and 2015 Post-quake Reconstructions. History Compass. 17(8), . https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/hic3.12587
Nelson, A. S. (2018). Dalal Middlemen and Peri-Urbanisation in Nepal. Economic and Political Weekly. 53(12), 61-67. https://www.epw.in/journal/2018/12/special-articles/dalal-middlemen-and-peri-urbanisation-nepal.html
Nelson, A. S. (2017). Betrayed by the Neoliberal State, Neglected by the “Jangali” Company: The Anxiety of Autonomy in an Elite Housing Colony in Kathmandu, Nepal. City & Society. 29(1), 35-58. Wiley-Blackwell. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ciso.12111
Nelson, A. S. (2017). Prestigious Houses or Provisional Homes? The ghar as a Symbol of Kathmandu Valley Peri-Urbanism. Himalaya. 37(1), 57-71. http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/himalaya/vol37/iss1/11/
Nelson, A. S. (2015). Land and Ethnicity in a Time of Urbanization: The Case of Plot #7 in Western Kathmandu Valley. Studies in Nepali History and Society. 20(2), 249-277.
Nelson, A. S. (2012). Khattam Kathmandu: The Question of Place in Samrat Upadhyay’s Fiction. Studies in Nepali History and Society. 17(1), 3-23.
Nelson, A. S. (2009). From ‘Unmodern Sherpas’ to Madhesi Cricketers: Towards a History of Nepali Sport. The International Journal of the History of Sport. 28(12), 1823-1839.
Magazine/Trade Publication
Nelson, A. S. (2009). “The Rise of Interior Designing, or Why Kathmandu Architects Hate Vastu Shastra.”. Other.
Nelson, A. S. (2009). “The New Kathmandu of Housing.”. Other.
Nelson, A. S. (2009). “Re-thinking the Social Meaning of Nepali Architecture.”. Other.
Nelson, A. S. (2009). “Anthropology, the City, and Kathmandu.”. Other.
Newsletter
Nelson, A. S. (2013). “Teaching Nepal in the American Classroom.”. 1, . South Asia News (University of Virginia's Center for South Asian Studies Newsletter).
Newspaper
Nelson, A. S., Curran, R. (2020). She cooks the native dishes of global migrants who stream through Mexico. Dallas Morning News. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/02/23/she-cooks-the-native-dishes-of-the-global-immigrants-who-stream-through-mexico/
Nelson, A. S., Curran, R. (2020). The Border has shifted 2000 miles to the south. Dallas Morning News. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2020/02/23/the-border-crisis-continues-only-now-migrants-wait-2000-miles-south/
Nelson, A. S., Curran, R. (2019). An Arrival, but not an Ending. Dallas Morning News. https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-dallas-morning-news/20190623/283420603163767
Nelson, A. S., Curran, R. (2018). 12,000 Miles to America: 3-part commentary. Dallas Morning News. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/11/04/worlds-longest-migration-route-ends-texas
Nelson, A. S. (2015). Classquake: What the Global Media missed in Nepal Earthquake Coverage. The Conversation. http://theconversation.com/classquake-what-the-global-media-missed-in-nepal-earthquake-coverage-41063
Other
Nelson, A. S. (2013). “The Mobility of Permanence: The Process of Relocating to Kathmandu.”. Kathmandu, Nepal: Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility.
Research Report
Nelson, A. S. (2020). House of Cards: College Student Housing Insecurity during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic (with ANTH 5031 students). UNT Dean of Students.
Nelson, A. S. (2019). A ‘Necessary Evil’ reflective of a ‘Broken Promise’: An Ethnography of Student Debt Discontent (With students of ANTH 5031). Washington, D.C.: New America.
Nelson, A. S. (2017). (with ANTH 4011 students) Planning Town-Gown Relations: An Ethnographic Study of Denton’s University Neighborhood District.. City of Denton.
Nelson, A. S. (2017). (with ANTH 5031 students) Working with Affordable Housing: An Ethnography of Seekers/Recipients of Housing Assistance. Washington, D.C.: National Housing Conference.
Nelson, A. S., Morrison, J. (2016). Dallas National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (HET4) Primary Data Formative Research Report. Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute.
Nelson, A. S. (2014). Dallas National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (MSM4) Primary Data Formative Research Report. Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute.
Webpage
Nelson, A. S. (2015). ‘We need an even bigger one’: Disasters of Inequality in Post-Quake Kathmandu Valley.. Aftershocked: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal. Cultural Anthropology 'Hot Spots'. https://culanth.org/fieldsights/729-we-need-an-even-bigger-one-disasters-of-inequality-in-postquake-kathmandu-valley

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Nelson, A. S., "Scholarly and Creativity Award," Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of North Texas, $2360 Funded. (January 1, 2020August 31, 2020).
Nelson, A. S., "Global Venture Fund," Sponsored by UNT International Affairs, University of North Texas, $5000 Funded. (January 6, 2019August 31, 2020).
Nelson, A. S., "CREATE Grant," Sponsored by Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, $5000 Funded. (July 1, 2019July 31, 2019).
Nelson, A. S., "CLASS Small Grant," University of North Texas, $1000 Funded. (March 2018July 2018).
Nelson, A. S., "Conference Support Grant," Sponsored by Office of Faculty Success, University of North Texas, $1000 Funded. (March 2017March 2017).
Nelson, A. S., "Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant," University of North Texas, $5000 Funded. (20162016).
Grant - Teaching
Nuñez-Janes, M. (Co-Principal), Nelson, A. S. (Co-Principal), Re Cruz, A. (Co-Principal), "Career Connect Experiential Learning Grant," University of North Texas, $2700 Funded. (August 2018August 2018).
Nelson, A. S., "Charn Fund," Sponsored by UNT International Affairs, University of North Texas, $900 Funded. (January 10, 2017April 8, 2017).
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Overall
Summative Rating
Challenge and
Engagement Index
Response Rate

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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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