University of Washington

Cabeiri deBergh Robinson

Associate Professor of International Studies & South Asian Studies

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology

Affiliated Faculty, Interdisciplinary Near & Middle East Studies

Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington, Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

Office: Thomson Hall 429
Phone: (206) 221-4210

Area Specialization
South Asia, especially Pakistan, India, Jammu & Kashmir; Comparative Muslim Societies

Research Interests
Political Islam; Refugee Studies; Human Rights and Humanitarianism; Political Violence and Armed Conflict, Post-Conflict and Transitional Justice; Political and Legal Anthropology; Historical Anthropology.

Research Projects

My interests include political movements in contemporary Muslim societies, armed conflict and refugee studies, human rights and humanitarian interventions, and post-conflict reconciliation.  My research focuses on political violence and the transformation of political cultures generally and in contemporary South Asia, Pakistan, and Jammu and Kashmir specifically.  I have worked in a humanitarian mission in Indian Jammu and Kashmir and conducted years of field and archival research in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan.  My recently published book Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists examines the social and political history of Muslim Kashmiri refugee displacement and eventual resettlement in Pakistan. In it, I argue that Kashmiri Muslim refugees forged an Islamic notion of rights as a hybrid of global political ideals that adopts the language of human rights and humanitarianism. To them, the Kashmir jihad is no longer seen as a collective fight for the sovereignty of an Islamic polity; rather, they have fashioned a practice of jihad as a personal struggle to secure Muslim bodies against political violence, torture, and rape.  I am currently working on a second book project that examines a global humanitarian reconstruction project in northern Pakistan and Azad Kashmir after the earthquake of 2005. The working title of my second book is Humanitarian Jihad and Humanitarianism, Inc.: Natural Disaster, Charitable Organizations, and the Making of a Post-Conflict Tourist Industry in Northern Pakistan.

Professional Employment

Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle

Associate Professor of International Studies & Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology

Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University

External Faculty Fellow

Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle

Assistant Professor of International Studies & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle

Acting Assistant Professor of International Studies

Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (ICRC), Jammu & Kashmir, India Delegate Interpreter


Ph. D. (2005), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Concentrations in South Asian Studies, Peace Studies, and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

M.A. (1999), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Certificate (1994), Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan (Lahore, Pakistan),  Certificate in Advanced Urdu

B.A. (1993), Columbia University (New York, NY),  (magna cum laude), Major in Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures


Publications (Selected)

  • Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists  (2013) University of California Press.
  • Too Much Nationality: Kashmiri Refugees, the South Asian Refugee Regime, and a Refugee State, 1947-1974. (2012) Journal of Refugee Studies 25(3):344-365.
  • Review Essay: Partition, Its Refugees, and Post-colonial State-Making in South Asia. (2010) India Review 9(1):68-86.
  • Review of Life and Words by Veena Das. (2009) American Anthropologist 111(1):116-117
  • Review of Roots of Conflict, Paths to Peace: The Kashmir Dispute by Sumantra Bose. (2005) Journal of Asian Studies 64(1). 

 Full Curriculum Vita


Current Working Papers and Research Projects

  • Islamic Charities, Voluntary Organizations and the Post-Disaster Reconstruction of Pakistani Kashmir.  Research Project Funded by the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, 2013-14
  • Making Azad Kashmir Safe for Tourists: Violent Conflict, Natural Disaster, and Humanitarianism, Inc., Book Chapter for Kashmir Beyond Borders (edited volume to be published with University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).  

Undergraduate Courses Taught

JSIS 202                        Cultural Interactions in an Interdependent World

JSIS A 316/ ANTH 316    Modern South Asia

JSIS A 341/ANTH 341     Political Violence and the Post-Colonial State

JSIS B 406/ POLSCI 432 Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism

JSIS B 407                    Political Islam and Contemporary Islamist Movements

Graduate Courses Taught

JSIS A 510                     Research Design Seminar for South Asian Studies

JSIS B 523/ANTH 523     Anthropology of Religious and Political Violence

JSIS B 5236/ANTH 526   Seminar on Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism