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Heather O'Leary, Ph.D.

McMaster University
Canada




Résumé
Noel B. Salazar HEATHER O'LEARY, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Water Policy
McMaster Water Network
McMaster University

olearyh[at]mcmaster.ca
7 Don Street #302
Hamilton, ON Canada L7H 4N8
905.807.4328

 

EDUCATION
2014   University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Ph.D., Anthropology
dissertation Uneven Absorption: World-Class Delhi, Domestic Workers and the Water that Makes Them.

2005   University of Chicago
M.A., Social Sciences: Anthropology

2003   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
B.A., Sociology, (University Honors)
B.A., Communications

 

SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2012   University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow
Year-long funding at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change

2012   Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Fellow
Seven months of funding for dissertation fieldwork in Delhi, India

2011   University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology Field Research Grant
Three months of funding for dissertation fieldwork in Delhi, India

2010   Fulbright Fellow
Nine months of funding for dissertation fieldwork in Delhi, India. (Began 1/11)

2010   University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology Field Research Grant
Twelve months of language training in Advanced Hindi in Delhi, India

2010   U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow (FLAS)
Twelve months of funding for language mastery in India [I declined for Fulbright]

2009 U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow (FLAS)
Twelve months of funding for Hindi language mastery

2009   University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology Field Research Grant
Summer Research funding in Delhi, India on Resources and the Urban Poor

2008   University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology Field Research Grant
Summer research funding in Pondicherry, India on Water and Economy

 

PUBLICATIONS
“Producing Middle-Class Waterscapes Beyond Middle-Class Thresholds: Domestic Workers and Identity Expression through Water Allocation in Lower-Class Delhi, India” In Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge; Cambridge Scholar Series. 2015.

In Revision
“Between Stagnancy and Affluence: Reinterpreting Water Poverty and Domestic Flows in Delhi, India”  Article for special water issue; Society and Natural Resources.  Forthcoming 2016.

In Preparation
“Sustaining Lives, Sustaining Lifestyles: Water Security, Climate Adaptation and Urban Vitality in Delhi, India” In preparation for submission to Research in Economic Anthropology forvolume 35: Local Cultural Responses to the Economic Challenges of Climate Change: Anthropological Investigations. Invited manuscript will be submitted August 2015.

 

COLLABORATIVE KNOWLEDGE NETWORKS
2014-2016       OECD/Global Water Partnership Task Force on Water Security - Research Team.  Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  Focus: Comparative Urban Water Security. 

2014-2015 IQ2: Institute for Quantitative and Qualitative Research.  New Frontiers in Comparative Water Studies: Complexity, Commons and Multiple Methods for Community Engaged Research.  Role: Co-PI.

2013-2015 Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, “Making the Mississippi.” Role: Participant.

2012-2015 International WaTERS, SSHRC funded, tri-university interdisciplinary partnership. Role: Graduate Student Participant; Independent Research Participant.

2012-2014 Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Water Research Circle.  Role: Graduate Student Participant.

 

CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS
2015    “Pathways to Resource Security: Water Security among India’s Urban Poor” Paper on Panel. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Conference. Bangkok, Thailand, July.

2015   “Conspicuous Waters: The Performance of Class and Water Wealth among Delhi, India’s Water Poor” Paper on Panel. Central States Anthropological Society. St. Paul, US, April.

2014   “Epistemological Undercurrents: Delhi’s Water Crisis and the Role of the Urban Water Poor” Epistemologies of Water in Asia Workshop. Heidelberg, Germany, December.

2014   “The Currency of Water in the Production of World-Class Delhi” Paper on Panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington D.C., US, December.

2014   “My Child’s Water: Women, Justice, and the Future of Urban Water Allocation” Panel Convener and Paper on Panel. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES). Tokyo, Japan, May.

2014   “Reproducing Class: Water Poor Mothers and the Burden of Affluence” Paper on panel. Central States Anthropological Society. Bloomington, IL, US, April.

2013   “Jal Hi Jivan Hai (Water is Life): Water Allocation, Urban Vitality, and a Green Delhi, As Perceived by the Urban Poor” Paper on Panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, US, November.

2013   “Lifelines/Waiting for Vitality: The Disparity of Water Access in Delhi, India” Paper on Panel. International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Conference. Manchester, England, August.

2013   “Between Stagnancy and Affluence: People, Water and Hydrological Discourse in Delhi, India” Invited Paper on Panel. International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) World Conference. Tartu, Estonia, June.

2013   “Hydrosocial Flows in Water Scarce Communities of Delhi, India” Invited Poster and Presentation. University of Minnesota Graduate School Doctoral Research Showcase. Minneapolis, US, April.

2013   “Sustaining Lives, Sustaining Lifestyles: Water, Domestic Workers and Urban Vitality in Delhi, India” Paper on panel: Environmental Consciousness and Sustainability. Central States Anthropological Society. St. Louis, US, April.

2012   “International Waters” Invited Discussant. University of Minnesota, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Water Workshop. Minneapolis, US, November.

2012   “Invisible Thresholds: Domestic Workers, Water Allocation, and Rhetoric of the World-Class City in Delhi, India” Paper on panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, US, November.

2011   “Domestic Water Disparity in North India” Invited paper on panel. Fulbright Conference: South and Central Asia. Goa, India, March.

2010   “Natural Flows: Understanding the Human Dimension of Water” Paper on panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, US, November.

2009   “Affluence: Indian Narratives of Clean Water Access” Paper on panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, US, November.

2008   “Elusive Categorization in the Hybrid World of Thoreau’s Walden: Defining ‘Human’ in Non-Modern Anthropology” Paper and Invited Chair on panel. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, US, November

 

INVITED GUEST LECTURES
2015“Water Sustainability and Food Security in Urban South Asia” Invited Lecture on Panel. United Nations University – Institute for Water Environment and Health, World Water Day Panel. Hamilton, Canada, March.

2015“Urban Water Insecurity: How Delhi’s Interstitial Residents Grapple with Water Poverty” Invited Lecture. Whitman College. Walla Walla, US, February.

2014“Water and Contemporary Indian Political Economics: The Disparity of Water Access in Delhi, India” Invited Lecture. McMaster University, Department of Political Science, Colloquium. Hamilton, Canada, October.

2014   “Global Water Crisis: Water Allocation and Domestic Use in Developing Countries” Invited Lecture. University of Minnesota, Honors Colloquium: Our Common Waters: Making Sense of the Great Lakes. Minneapolis, US, January.

2013   “Epistemologies of Global Food Security” Invited Lecture. University of Minnesota, Seminar: Environmental Decision Making – Focus: Food Systems. Minneapolis, US, September.

2013“Paid Lugao, Jeevan Bachchao (Plant a Tree, Save a Life): Urban Lives and Livelihoods and Delhi’s Water Struggles” Invited Lecture. University of Minnesota, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, Colloquium. Minneapolis, US, May.

2013   “Global Water Crisis: Focus India” Invited Lecture. University of Minnesota, Honors Colloquium: Our Common Waters: Making Sense of the Great Lakes. Minneapolis, US, January.

2009   “Case Study in Survey Design: Household Water Surveys” Invited Lecture. Delhi University, Department of Communications. Delhi, India, August.

2009   “Water in our Homes, Water in our Nation: Preliminary Fieldwork Report” Invited Lecture. Delhi University, Department of Home Economics. Delhi, India, August.

2009      “Neoliberalism, Globalization and Television: Understanding Social Theory” Invited Lecture. Center for Media Studies, Delhi Academy. Delhi, India, August.

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS
Postdoctoral Fellow in Water Policy, McMaster University
2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Coordinator of the McMaster Water Network

Instructor of Record, McMaster University
2015Water and Sustainability (introductory, writing intensive, 25 undergraduate students)

Instructor of Record, University of Minnesota, Department of Anthropology
2014Understanding Cultures (introductory, writing intensive, 20 undergraduate students)

Instructor of Record/Coordinator, University of Minnesota,
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
2013   Approaches to Knowledge and Truth: Ways of Knowing in Development Studies and Social Change – Focus: Global Food Security (seminar, 10 international graduate Mellon Fellows and 2 graduate students)

Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Department of Anthropology
2007-   Introductory and upper level sections; Class range 30-200 students; 
2010  Lecture and Section; Anthropology and Cross-Listed Interdisciplinary courses.

 

LANGUAGE TRAINING
Advanced Hindi (spoken, written); Intermediate Spoken Urdu; Beginning Written Urdu; Advanced and Business French

 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION
2013-18 International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences: Scientific Commission of Anthropology and the Environment – Chair and Founding Member
2014-15 Central States Anthropological Society Executive Board – Assistant Treasurer
2013-14 Commission of Anthropology and the Environment – Anthropology of Water Coordinator
2013-14 Central States Anthropological Society Executive Board – Student Board Member
2012 U.S. Embassy Water Conference (Delhi, India) – Invited Conference Co-Organizer

 

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
2010 Hindi and Urdu Conversation Club – President
2009 Anthropology Graduate Student Organization Co-President
2009 Hindi and Urdu Conversation Club – Founder and President
2009 Department of Anthropology Socio-Cultural Seminar Series Leader
2009 Graduate and Professional Student Association Department Representative
2009 Council of Graduate Students Department Representative
2008 Graduate and Professional Student Association Department Representative
2008 Council of Graduate Students Department Representative
2007 Anthropology Graduate Student Organization Co-President

 

SELECTED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
In the field:
      2011    HopeWorldwide India
                  Volunteer and Researcher in Informal “Slum” Communities
      2009    The Vigyan Vijay Foundation
                  Volunteer for Water Awareness NGO Targeting Impoverished Communities
      2006    Deepalaya Foundation
                  Initiated Long-Term Company Funding and Volunteer Program for
                  Underprivileged Child Education and Welfare

In the communities of my academic institutions:
      2013    River Life Project
                  Mississippi River Ranger; Mentor to Undergraduate Student Members
      2005    Field Museum Chicago
                  Anthropology Collection Research Volunteer
      2003    Detroit Project
                  Fundraiser, Community Liaison

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Anthropology and Environment (A&E)
Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS)
Commission for Anthropology and the Environment (CAE)
Freshwater Society
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
Society for Humanistic Anthropology (SHA)
Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology (SUNTA)