Tani H. Sebro

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photo of Tani H. Sebro25 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-3558


Assistant Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (Asian/Asian American Studies)


PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
MA, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
BA, San Francisco State University


Dr. Sebro's research and teaching interests span the subdisciplines of political ethnography, critical political theory, Asian cultural studies, mobilities studies, aesthetics and international relations with a particular emphasis on refugee politics in Southeast Asia.


Her first book, based on her dissertation entitled Dancing the Nation: The Politics of Exile, Mobility and Displacement along the Thai-Burma Border, encompasses nine months of embedded field research in Northern Thailand where Dr. Sebro conducted ethnographic and archival research with Tai refugees from Burma. The book critiques traditional iterations of the nation as constituted through the interaction between capitalism and print, by instead attending to the complex transmission of what can be called "aesthetic nationalisms," which involve embodied performances and cultural practices that constitute the body-politic. This project received research support from The École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) and language training from several Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowships, as well as a fellowship from the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program for the Advanced Study of Thai.

Tani H. Sebro's next book develops the concept of necromobility through an analysis of mortality and mobility in global refugee movements. In particular, this project involves collaborative ethnographic research, as well as the collection of life narratives from refugee populations in Thailand, Norway and in the United States, where death is the cause, threat or outcome of displacement.

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