Assistant Prof. Tina Shrestha


Tina Shrestha has a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University. She is Assistant Professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS), Waseda University. Her research includes asylum legalization in North America and migration infrastructures interconnecting Southeast and East Asia. She is currently researching on the role of the Nepali state and private agencies, including language institutions and educational consultancies, facilitating migration to Japan. Her recent publication includes "Aspirational Infrastructure: Everyday brokerage and foreign-employment recruitment agencies in Nepal" (Pacific Affairs 91, 4 [2018]), and is a guest co-editor of a special issue journal “Introduction: Practices of Brokerage and the Making of Migration Infrastructures in Asia" (Pacific Affairs 91, 4 [2018] with Brenda S.A. Yeoh).

Research Project

JSPS Early-Career Scientists award for "Migration infrastructure and Nepali student-migration to Japan," 2019-2021, PI, brief description: The project is an ethnographically grounded approach to understanding the contemporary migration from Nepal to Japan. The focus is on the collaborative role of the state and private institutions, including educational consultancies, language institutions, and government-initiated training programs, organizing, regulating, and ultimately facilitating Nepali outmigration to Japan.


  • Shrestha, Tina. 2020. “Nepali diaspora in Japan.” In Languages of Japan: Communities and Cultures. John Maher, ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

  • Shrestha, Tina. 2020. “आकांक्षिक पूर्वाधार: नेपालमा दैनिक दलाली र वैदेशिक रोजगार व्यवसायी संस्थाहरू,” Samaj Adhyayan, 14: 25-50.

  • Shrestha, Tina. 2019. [Nepali translation] “Aspirational Infrastructure: Everyday brokerage and the foreign employment-recruitment agencies in Nepal,”Samaj Adhayan, Vol. 14.

  • Shrestha, Tina. 2019. “Asylum-seeking, precariousness, and the making claimant-workers,” Anthropology of Work Review, 40 (1).