Krista Billingsley, Ph.D.

Krista Pic(2).jpgKrista Billingsley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Her dissertation research, conducted in urban and rural Nepal, is an ethnographic analysis of post-war, state-instituted transitional justice mechanisms and how people from marginalized communities who were affected by armed conflict as children perceive justice and reconciliation under ongoing conditions of inequality and structural violence. Her work draws attention to the ways in which indigenous communities are excluded from mechanisms of transitional justice meant to redress the human rights violations they experienced during Nepal’s ten-year internal armed conflict. Her areas of interest include applied anthropology, political and legal anthropology, human rights, justice, violence, activism, race/ethnicity, inequality, and children/youth and armed conflict.

Currently, she is editing a special issue of Practicing Anthropology to be published in April 2018 that focuses on rapidly conveying research results as a form of practice. She has served as an expert witness for asylum seekers in the United States and as a consultant for humanitarian aid projects in the United States and Haiti. She is the Assistant Editor of Member News for Neos: A Publication of the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group and is currently serving as Co-Chair for the 2018 University of Tennessee Conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights: Transitions, Crisis, Uncertainty, Opportunity. The conference steering committee encourages the participation of scholars and practitioners.


I am honored to be nominated for the position of Student Member on the Board of Directors for the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA), an organization committed to applying anthropological knowledge to solve contemporary issues and problems and “making an impact on the quality of life in the world.” I am especially interested in how anthropological knowledge can impact the quality of life for marginalized groups inside and outside of the United States. If elected as the Student Member for the SFAA Board of Directors, I intend to serve as a representative of all current student members in addition to increasing student membership in the SFAA. I am also dedicated to increasing participation in the SFAA through making the annual conference more accessible and inclusive. I am particularly focused on increasing the diversity of the general membership, including student membership in SFAA. If elected as the Student Member for the Board of Directors, I plan to implement initiatives for students to make their research more accessible and build collaborations between students and organizations. I have suggested plans of implementation to increase student accessibility, diversity, inclusion, and collaboration and am open to the opinions of the general membership and the Board of Directors on how best to achieve these broad goals. Thank you for your consideration.