Jason Cons is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and a Research Assistant Professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He works on borders in South Asia and on agrarian change and rural development. He has conducted extensive qualitative research in Bangladesh on a range of issues including: disputed territory along the India-Bangladesh border, the impacts of shrimp aquaculture in coastal areas, and recipient experiences with microcredit. In 2014, he initiated a new project on disaster and climate in Bangladesh. His book, Sensitive Space: Anxious Territory at the India-Bangladesh Border, is forthcoming from University of Washington Press in 2016. His work has been published in Political Geography, Modern Asian Studies, Ethnography, SAMAJ, Antipode, Third-World Quarterly, and The Journal of Peasant Studies. He is also an Associate editor of the journal South Asia.
Jason has served as the Director of Research and Project Design at the Goldin Institute in Chicago. He was previously an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bucknell University. Cons’s work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Oxfam America, the Atkinson Center for Sustainability at Cornell University, the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, and the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. He completed his degree in Development Sociology at Cornell University in 2011.