Dr. Uddhab Pyakurel, born and raised in Nuwakot Nepal, Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, NewDelhi, is teaching Political Sociology as Assistant Professor in School of Arts, Kathmandu University,Nepal. He is also associated with various democracy forums i.e., South Asian Dialogues on EcologicalDemocracy (SADED), Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VK), and Network Institute for Global Democratization(NIGD), often contributes articles to journals and local newspapers on poverty, people’s participation,social inclusion/exclusion, state restructuring, conflict, identity, democracy, election, Indo-Nepalrelations and other socio-political issues. He is the author of a book Maoist Movement in Nepal: ASociological Perspective (New Delhi: Adroit Publishers, 2007), and co-author of two books–DalitRepresentation in National Politics of Nepal (Kathmandu: NNDSWO, 2012) and State of Conflict andDemocratic Movement in Nepal (New Delhi: Vij Books, 2013). In addition, he is editor of a monographtitled Higher Education in Nepal: Inclusive Guidelines (Lalitpur: KUSOA and SNV, 2014).
Dr. Pyakurel is one of the Nepalese Member of an 18 Scholars from 18 different countries. He wasselected by the US Department of State, Washington DC for the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) forScholars on U.S. Political Thought to be hosted by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institutefrom June 18 through July 31, 2015. Entitled “Constituting America”, the Institute explores two interrelated questions: How has a system of ordered liberty founded in the nineteenth century survivedthrough two centuries of social and political change and how is that system functioning today? Drawingupon the American Political Development approach, the four-week academic residency began with theAmerican founding, the institutional frame of government it produced, and the idea of democracy itinspired. Discussions of race, religion, immigration, gender, and civil rights were also weave together a strong understanding of the development of American institutions. Substantial discussions withpracticing politicians and policy makers helped tie these subjects together. The program also included atwo-week study tour to Boston, New York City, Gettysburg, PA, and Charlottesville, VA and Washington,D.C.Dr. Pyakurel will be in Washington DC this week and returning Nepal on 31st of July