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Ather Zia

Ather Zia

Associate Professor

Anthropology and Gender Studies
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-4580

Ather Zia, Ph.D., is a political anthropologist, poet, short fiction writer, and columnist. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Gender Studies program at the University of Northern Colorado Greeley. Ather is the author of Resisting Disappearances: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism in Kashmir (June 2019) which won the 2020 Gloria Anzaldua Honorable Mention award, 2021 Public Anthropologist Award,  Advocate of the Year Award 2021 and 2021 Rosaldo Book Prize, Honorable Mention. She has been featured in the Femilist 2021, a list of 100 women from the Global South working on critical issues. She is the co-editor of Can You Hear Kashmiri Women Speak (Women Unlimited 2020),  Resisting Occupation in Kashmir (Upenn 2018) and A Desolation called Peace (Harper Collins, May 2019). She has published a poetry collection “The Frame” (1999) and another collection is forthcoming. In 2013 Ather’s ethnographic poetry on Kashmir has won an award from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology. She is the founder-editor of Kashmir Lit and is the co-founder of Critical Kashmir Studies Collective, an interdisciplinary network of scholars working on the Kashmir region. 

A Few Select Links About Ather Zia’s work:

UNCO Center for Women's and Gender Equity 


Research – Amplifying Voices  https://www.unco.edu/unc-magazine/northern-vision/2021/fall-research.aspx

Book Podcast: https://newbooksnetwork.com/ather-zia-resisting-disappearance-military-occupation-and-womens-activism-u-washington-press-2019

Poetry Podcast: What Does Anthropology Sound Like https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/58-what-does-anthropology-sound-like-poetry/id675920573?i=1000493074049

Interview https://www.decentermag.com/interviews-ather-zia

Interview: https://freepresskashmir.news/2020/11/23/military-occupation-and-womens-activism-ather-zias-book-about-resisting-disappearance/?fbclid=IwAR1iUBljXMki4mMJkrOHHj0CLHMrkKvuuGDfpdhJpdeIKE9V3QQzlaChETg

Aljazeera columns https://www.aljazeera.com/author/ather_zia_170426102207192

Poetry https://aaww.org/gag-home-kill-ather-zia/



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