Binit Gurung

Graduate Student

Binit is a doctoral student in Socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Iowa. His research interests are centered around digital cultures, queer theory, feminist anthropology, critical race theory, caste, and Indigenous studies. Binit situates the Northeastern Indigenous queer perspective to decolonize dominant studies of India and complicates the relationship between intimacy, indigently, digital cultures, and globalization. He is interested in exploring how Northeastern Indigenous people navigate their sexualities through queer dating apps amidst the systemic violence, prejudice, and hate crimes in mainland India?

Prior to enrolling at UIowa, Binit received his Master’s in Sociology from Ambedkar University Delhi and an MPhil in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. He has been involved in student politics, and queer & anti-racism activism in New Delhi. He has worked as a research assistant for the All India Housing Project. He has also taught sociology for a semester at Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok. Currently, he is a teaching assistant at the Department of Anthropology, UIowa.