My early experiences in the United States - as an immigrant, woman of color, and working-class - shaped the research I undertook in graduate school. My love for languages drew me to the field of Comparative Literature. While researching and writing about transnationalism inblack cinema for my Master’s thesis, I got turned on to postcolonial cultural studies. Postcolonial studies gave me a framework to study historically the circulation of images and other types of representations of the non-western Other in Western cultural forms, particularly, literature and film. I was also impassioned by the responses of filmmakers, writers, and critics from the formerly colonized nation-states, and this led to my Ph.D. dissertation, the focus of which was gender, sexuality and nationalism in India, beginning with the early 20th century through the end of it.
My background has culminated into an analytic discussion of pop culture. Film shows a dramatization of history, a glimpse of fantasy – be it romantic, adventure, or political. I have published essays on representations of gender, sexualities, and Indian nationalism in Hindi cinema. My work has been supported by the Faculty Research Grant at University of Redlands, The Fulbright Senior Research Award, the LENS grant at University of Redlands, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To find out more about my professional life, you can go to the My Research section where you will find my curriculum vitae and other up-to-date information.