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Dr. Ritu Khanduri

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[Khanduri, Dr. Ritu]
  • Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology

Biography

Dr. Khanduri is a cultural anthropologist and historian. She is the author of Caricaturing culture in India: Cartoons and history in the modern world (Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Her research, publications and teaching focus on media, Gandhi, science education,globalization and South Asia, specifically in the contexts of colonial and contemporary India, and the Indian Diaspora. Over the past few years, her research has advanced in three inter-related directions. The politics of shared media spaces is a central thread that runs through her current research on visual culture, which includes newspaper cartoons, comic books and Hindu images. The material cultural surrounding public perception of Gandhis politics and philosophy forms the next strand of Khanduris research. The final direction of her ongoing research interests includes a focus on gender and science. These projects are at varying stages of completion and have been published as journal articles and book chapters, and presented in conferences and invited talks. Trained as an anthropologist (University of Texas-Austin) and historian (Jawaharlal Nehru University), her publications address an interdisciplinary audience.

Writing and research fellowships from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London)-Mellon Foundation have supported various phases of Dr. Khanduris research. She is writing a short book on Gandhi and material culture titled, "Branding Gandhi" (under contract, Routledge), which is also a prelude to a larger book project on Gandhi. Her current long-term research project is an ethnography of women in science, which was recently awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Serial Grant (2013 and 2014).

An associate professor in the Anthropology Program, Dr. Khanduri integrates her research with teaching. Her five-course roster for the Fall and Spring semesters explores anthropological theory, visual culture, globalization and South Asia. In her undergraduate courses, Dr. Khanduri emphasizes collaborative team-based active learning and respectful peer relationships. Her graduate courses are designed to encourage students to develop their projects for publication and conference presentations. She is happy to advise and chair committees in cultural anthropology, and welcomes students queries to serve on MA and PhD committees in Fine Arts, Social Work and related disciplines in Social Science and Humanities.

Graduate course work in Dr. Khanduris anthropological theory and South Asia courses has resulted in three student publications namely, two book reviews and one research article--all in peer-reviewed journals.

In 2013, Dr. Khanduri was elected to serve on the American Anthropological Associations Committee for World Anthropologies (CWA). In 2010-11 the American Anthropological Association selected Dr. Khanduri for their Leadership Fellow award for junior faculty. Since September 2011, she has contributed a monthly column -- J Drive, highlighting new research for the AAA publication, Anthropology News Online. She has served as an invited proposal reviewer for the NEH, Social Science Research Council (multiple years) and the Wenner Gren Foundation (current).

At UTA she has served on the Womens and Gender Studies Advisory Board and is faculty advisor to the Lambda Alpha, the UTA students chapter of the Anthropology Honors Society.

Dr. Khanduris service to the profession, UTA and the anthropology program, as well as her public outreach draws on her research and teaching expertise. She has contributed to community school events, World Affairs Councils the Portrait of India program,  and Dr. Seriffs NEH funded project on immigration in Texas. She believes public engagement with anthropology can enrich the discipline as well as enhance public awareness of cultural issues. 

In an earlier incarnation, as an undergraduate student in Delhi University, Dr. Khanduri received three Sahitya Kala Parishad youth festival awards for painting and poster design. Her favorite artists include Manjula Padmanabhan, Shahzia Sikander (http://www.shahziasikander.com/bio.html) and Nina Paley, among others.

BLOGS, MEDIA AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
"The shadow of doubt: India, Pakistan and vulgar cartoons in 1947." In Diplomat. Aug 14, 2017.
​Multiple posts in fourteeneightyfour- Academic perspectives from Cambridge Univ. Press authors
"My , my whats happening to my country!" Remembering R. K. Laxman. In Diplomat. Jan 29, 2016.
"En Inde, la caricature des divinités hindoues n’est plus en odeur de sainteté" (by Julien Bouissou based on my publications on Hindu images and on caricatures/cartoons). Le Monde Jan 19, 2016.
"Sharing the blame: Of offensive cartoons and persecution in todays world." In The Wire. Jan 10, 2016.
"A Pocket-sized discourse." Interview in India Abroad -- the largest circulated news magazine among Indian-Americans in the US. March 2015.
"A history of times we did not laugh." Savage Minds, a leading anthropology blog, January 2015.
"The culture of cartoons." Inquiry, Spring 2015.

On Indias leading cartoonist RK Laxman (1924-2015)

"My , my whats happening to my country!" Remembering R. K. Laxman. In Diplomat. Jan 29, 2016.

Interview."Cartoon character chronicles Indias first 60 years of independence." Public Radio International (on NPRs All Things Considered) interview on cartoonist R. K. Laxman, December 31, 2014:

R.K. Lakshman Desharashtrathe Varnikkumbol (When R K Laxman narrates the nation ). My article on Laxman (translated by S. Suryanarayan) in the Malyalam weekly, Samakalika Malayalam vol. 40. pp. 64-75. February 2015.
References in:

Business Standard (India) http://www.business-standard.com/article/beyond-business/r-k-laxman-bows-out-but-lives-in-the-common-man-115012600792_1.html

Times of India http://m.timesofindia.com/india/A-look-back-at-India-lampooned/articleshow/45927506.cms

Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/01/26/remembering-r-k-laxman-indias-famed-cartoonist-of-the-common-man/

LA Times http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/

The Independent (UK) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/rk-laxman-cartoonist-whose-common-man-shone-a-light-on-the-absurdities-of-indian-politics-for-more-than-half-a-century-10006686.html

http://www.mansworldindia.com/featured/common-man-bids-adieu/

http://www.merinews.com/article/noted-cartoonist-laxman-dies-at-94/15903802.shtml

"A Tribute to Laxman" http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/PiAf0Yq8LZd1Uk27ANGzkM/A-tribute-to-RK-Laxman.html

"Life and Times of RK Laxman" slideshow http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Life-and-times-of-RK-Laxman/articleshow/46022109.cms?

"A Tribute to the Legendry Cartoonist RK Laxman" http://www.indiontv.com/r-k-laxman-english.php

On my book, Caricaturing Culture in India, and cartooning:

Book review, Caricaturing culture in India. In Visual Anthropology Review, May 2015.

Book review, Caricaturing culture in India. In LSE Review of Books, London School of Economics and Political Science, June 2015.

New release by Bridget Lewis. http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2014/11/Khanduri-Cartoons-Politics.php

Review and interview, "Jesters as commentators" by Geetanjali Krishna in Business Standard, a leading newspaper in India. January 2015.

Interview. May 2015. http://www.writersinterviews.com/2015/05/caricaturing-culture-india.html

Blog post  "Caricaturing Liberalism: The Politics of Cartoons." Author page, Cambridge University Press. January 2015.

Book Notice, Monsoon, February, 2015.

Professional Preparation

    • 2007 Ph.D in AnthropologyUniversity of Texas at Austin (UT)

Appointments

    • Aug 2014 to Present Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • May 2007 to Sept 2014 Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology
      Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas at Arlington

Memberships

  • Academic Organizations
    • June 2013 to Present International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
    • May 2006 to Present American Anthropological Association
    • May 2006 to Present Society for Visual Anthropology
    • May 2005 to Present Association for Asian Studies

Awards and Honors

    • Jan  2012 Fulbright Senior Fellowship sponsored by Fulbright-Nehru Foundation
      Achievements:

      Research in India for 2013 and 2014

    • Dec  2011 McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies, Supplementary Grant sponsored by
    • Jan  2010 Wenner-Gren Richard Carley Hunt Postodctoral Fellowship sponsored by Wenner-Gren Foundation
      Achievements:

      For writing a book manuscript, "Caricaturing Culture in India" toward publication in an academic press

    • Jan  2010 Leadership Fellow sponsored by American Anthropological Association
    • Aug  2009 Faculty Development Leave sponsored by The University of Texas Arlington
    • Mar  2008 Research Enhancement Program (REP) sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan  2003 Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellow (DDRF) sponsored by Fulbright-Hays Foundation
    • Jul  2002 International Dissertation Field Research Fellow (IDRF) sponsored by Social Science Research Council
    • Jul  2002 Pre-Dissertation Research Fellow sponsored by Institute for Historical Research (University of London) - Mellon Foundation
    • May  2002 American Institute for Indian Studies Junior Fellowship sponsored by
    • May  2002 Burton Jr. Fellow sponsored by University of Texas at Austin (UT)
    • Aug  2001 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship sponsored by University of Texas at Austin (UT)
    • Aug  2000 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship sponsored by University of Texas at Austin (UT)
    • Aug  1998 Meyerson Fellow sponsored by Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
    • May  1994 Junior Research Fellow, Art History sponsored by University Grants Commission (India)

Other Activities

    • Uncategorized
      • May 2013 Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Chair/Committee Member
      • May 2013 Graduate Students' Publications and Presentations
      • May 2013 Sociology and Anthropology
      • May 2013 College of Liberal Arts (COLA)
      • May 2013 University of Texas at Arlington
      • Uncategorized
        • May 2013 Professional Service

Research and Expertise

  • Ritu G Khanduri

    Dr. Khanduri is a cultural anthropologist whose research, publications and teaching focus on globalization and South Asia, specifically in the context of colonial and contemporary India, and the Indian Diaspora. Over the past few years, her research has developed into three strands. The politics of shared media spaces is a central thread that runs through her current research projects on visual culture, which includes newspaper cartoons, comic books and Hindu images. Gandhi and the material cultural surrounding the public perception of his politics and philosophy forms the next strand of Khanduri's research. The final direction of her ongoing research interests includes science.These projects are at varying stages of completion and have been published as journal articles and book chapters, and presented in conferences and invited talks. Trained as an anthropologist (University of Texas-Austin) and historian (Jawaharlal Nehru University), her publications address an interdisciplinary audience.

    Writing and research fellowships from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council and the Institute of Historical Research (University of London)-Mellon Foundation have supported various phases of Dr. Khanduri's book titled, "Caricaturing Culture in India" (2014, Cambridge University Press, UK). She is writing a short book on Gandhi and material culture titled, "Branding Gandhi" (under contract, Routledge), which is also a prelude to a larger book project on Gandhi. Her next research projects are an ethnography of women in science that was recently awarded a Fulbright-Nehru serial research grant, and on comic books.

    In addition to her research, writing and teaching, Dr. Khanduri has co-edited a special issue of the journal, South Asian Popular Culture (2013) on terror and media that takes forward her specialization in visual culture and South Asia.

    She has organized and co-organized several conference panels, the most recent being a panel on heritage and transformation at the inaugural Association for Asian Studies conference at the National University of Singapore. She has travelled extensively, presenting her research as invited talks in universities in Michigan, Texas, Virginia, New Orleans, Zurich, Manchester, Heidelberg, and Hong Kong, and at several conferences in the US and abroad.

Publications

      Journal Article 2013
      • Parciack, R. and R. Khanduri. Editorial Introduction: "The Realm of the Polemic: Special Issue on Terror and Media." South Asian Popular Culture. 11 (2): 1-3. 2013.

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      2013
      • Khanduri, Ritu G. "Gandhi and the Satyagraha of Newspaper Cartoons." Visual Anthropology Review. 29 (1): 1-15. 2013.

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      2013
      • Khanduri, Ritu. "Terror Myths and Scenes of Violence." South Asian Popular Culture. 11(2): 180-192. 2013.

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      Book Chapter 2013
      • Khanduri, Ritu G. "Punch in India: Another History of Colonial Politics?." Punch: A Transcultural History, edited by Harder, H and B. Mittler, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York: Springer, 2013.

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      Journal Article 2012
      • Khanduri, Ritu G. "Some Things About Gandhi." Contemporary South Asia 20 (3): 303-325. 2012.
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      2012
      • Ritu, Khanduri. "Picturing India: Nation, Democracy and Development." Visual Anthropology 25(4): 303-323 2012.

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      Book Chapter 2012
      • Khanduri, Ritu G. "Does this Offend You?." Public Hinduisms, edited by Kanungo, P., D. Reddy, M. Warrier, R. Williams and J. Zavos, New Delhi/Thousand Oaks/London: Sage, 2012.

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      Newsletter Article 2011
      • Khanduri, Ritu. Svart arbete and Informal Economy: Fiscal Anthropologist Lotta Björklund Larsen.   Anthropology News Online. VA: American Anthropological Association. October, 2011.
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      2011
      • Khanduri, Ritu. An Interview with Medical Anthropologist Shao-hua Liu. Anthropology News Online. VA: American Anthropological Association. September, 2011.
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      Journal Article 2010
      • Ritu, Khanduri. "Comicology: Comic Books as Culture in India." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 1 (2) : 165-186. 2010.
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      Journal Article 2009
      • Khanduri, Ritu G. "Vernacular Punches: Cartoons and Politics in Colonial India." History and Anthropology 20 (4): 459-486. (2009).
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      Journal Article 2001
      • Khanduri, Ritu. "Sacrifice and Suffering: The Nation and the Nationalist in Colonial India." Sagar: A South Asia Research Journal (2001).
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      Journal Article 2000
      • Khanduri, Ritu. "Considering Public Art." Sahitya Kala Akademi Quarterly (2000).
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Presentations

    • December  2014
      Visual Anthropology and Ethnographies of South Asia: A Perspective on Cultural Anthropology

      Invited Paper, American Anthropological Association

    • October  2014
      "Why go to the past?"

      Invited paper at Michigan University

  • Past
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      2009: "Not Prepared to Laugh: Visual Politics in Contemporary India." The American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, December 2-5.
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      2010: "The Making of the Subaltern." University of Bonn. 21 European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS). Bonn, Germany. July 26-29.
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      2009: Invited Paper: "Modern Articulations: Visual Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India." Univ. of Hong Kong. Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives. June 8-9
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      2009: Invited Paper: "The Mind of Whites." James Madison University. Rethinking Gandhi & Global Nonviolence: The 2009 Global Nonviolence International Conference. Virginia. April 9-10.
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      2009: "This is not Ram: News, Darshans, and Caricaturing the Gods in India." Denison U. & Ohio State U. The American Council for Southern Asian Art and "New Darshans: Seeing Southern Asian Religiosity and Visuality." OH. Oct. 16-18
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      2013: "Secular Sensibilities." Religion In contemporary South Asia. 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences. Manchester, UK. August
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      2010: Executive Session: "Kick-Ass Workout: Symoblic Violence and Masculinity." The Impacts of Global Circulations on Gendered Violence. American Anthropological Association Meetings. New Orleans, LA. November 17-21. http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/Call-fo
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      2011: Invited Session (Society for Visual Anthropology and Society for the Anthropology of Work): "Not Fine Artists?" Artistic Employ and Aesthetic Production. American Anthropological Association Meetings. Montreal, Canada. November.
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      2012: "Cartoons, Culture and Structuring News." Exploring the Language of the Popular in Anglo-American Newspapers 1833-1988. University of Zurich. Zurich, Switzerland. January 18.
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      2015 Terrifying Scenes? Cartoons, Comics and Politics.

      On media and terror.

Courses

      • ANTH 2322-004 Global Cultures

        The goal of this course is to introduce students to key anthropological concepts in order to develop a critical perspective of culture. Three central themes frame the selection of readings: Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Constructions of Reality, and Globalization. Readings focus on diverse geographical areas to encourage students to develop an analytical approach to better understand other cultures as well as their own everyday practices and beliefs.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 2322-005 GLOBAL CULTURES

        The goal of this course is to introduce students to key anthropological concepts in order to develop a critical perspective of culture. Three central themes frame the selection of readings: Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Constructions of Reality, and Globalization. Readings focus on diverse geographical areas to encourage students to develop an analytical approach to better understand other cultures as well as their own everyday practices and beliefs.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 3345-001 VISUAL CULTURE

        In a world increasingly mediated by images, cultural anthropology (the study of human diversity) and the ethnographic method provide a unique perspective on how visuals shape our experience and knowledge of the world. This course will highlight the significance of old and new media. We will pay attention to re/presentation, the reception of images, branding, and how this shapes rituals of communication—such as news, documentary, advertising and FB posts—across cultures.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 2322-006 Global Cultures

        The goal of this course is to introduce students to key anthropological concepts in order to develop a critical perspective of culture. Three central themes frame the selection of readings: Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Constructions of Reality, and Globalization. Readings focus on diverse geographical areas to encourage students to develop an analytical approach to better understand other cultures as well as their own everyday practices and beliefs.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 2322-002 Global Cultures

        The goal of this course is to introduce students to key anthropological concepts in order to develop a critical perspective of culture. Three central themes frame the selection of readings: Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Constructions of Reality, and Globalization. Readings focus on diverse geographical areas to encourage students to develop an analytical approach to better understand other cultures as well as their own everyday practices and beliefs.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 3300-001 Debates in Cultural Anthropology

        Was anthropology complicit with colonial politics? Does feminist anthropology have an awkward relationship with anthropology? Is ethnography a form of representation? Does globalization render "culture" an obsolete concept? This course explores these questions and key debates in anthropology through ethnographic readings and a selection of classical texts.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 3334-001 ANTHROPOLOGY OF SOUTH ASIA

        With a focus on the Indian subcontinent, this course introduces students to the culture, history and politics of South Asia. Drawing upon anthropological studies and a range of materials, including Bollywood films, music, tourist brochures, advertisements, Gandhi's writings, and South Asian literature, students will gain an increased understanding of the region's past and present.With a focus on the Indian subcontinent, this course introduces students to the culture, history and politics of South Asia. Drawing upon anthropological studies and a range of materials, including Bollywood films, music, tourist brochures, advertisements, Gandhi's writings, and South Asian literature, students will gain an increased understanding of the region's past and present.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 4342-001 Gandhi

        Almost sixty years since his assassination, why does Gandhi (1869-1948) continue to fascinate people worldwide? This course will begin with a biographical account of Mahatma Gandhi, and proceed from there to various interpretations of the man, his life, his philosophy, and his influence in anti-colonial politics, with reference to India and South Africa.  We will read about his thoughts on religion, vegetarianism, abstinence, health and non-violence.  His influence in inspiring social protests and on the course of race relations in South Africa, and his impact on such leaders as Martin Luther King, Jr. will also form a part of our readings. We will also look at Gandhi's analysis and solutions for combating social inequality in relation to gender and economics. This course will conclude with a discussion of the ways in which our contemporary world has branded Gandhi and the screening of the film "Gandhi in Mexico."  Instruction through lecture, film, Gandhi's letters and writings, Martin Luther King Jr's writings and sermons, and Nelson Mandela's writings and interviews.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 3300-001 Anthropological Theory

        This lecture-seminar introduces students to methods of knowledge construction and explanation in sociocultural anthropology. We will focus on the development of anthropological theory since the late-19th century and current directions. Key paradigms studied include functionalism, structuralism, Marxist approaches, interpretive turn, Foucauldian approaches, feminist critiques, postmodernism and sensory ethnography. With this spectrum of readings, the aim is to acquaint students with a broad range of competing theoretical approaches so that they may learn to understand the relationship between anthropological knowledge, power and politics. 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 3334-001 Anthropology of South Asia

        With a focus on the Indian subcontinent, this course introduces students to the culture, history and politics of South Asia. Drawing upon anthropological studies and a range of materials, including Bollywood films, music, tourist brochures, advertisements, Gandhi's writings, and South Asian literature, students will gain an increased understanding of the region's past and present.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours1 Document
      • ANTH 2322-002 Global Cultures

        The goal of this course is to introduce students to key anthropological concepts in order to develop a critical perspective of culture. Three central themes frame the selection of readings: Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Constructions of Reality, and Globalization. Readings focus on diverse geographical areas to encourage students to develop an analytical approach to better understand other cultures as well as their own everyday practices and beliefs.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 2322-001 Global Cultures

        The goal of this course is to introduce students to key anthropological concepts in order to develop a critical perspective of culture. Three central themes frame the selection of readings: Ethnographic Methods, Cultural Constructions of Reality, and Globalization. Readings focus on diverse geographical areas to encourage students to develop an analytical approach to better understand other cultures as well as their own everyday practices and beliefs.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 3300-001 Anth 3300-001

        This lecture-seminar introduces students to methods of knowledge construction and explanation in sociocultural anthropology. We will focus on the development of anthropological theory since the late-19th century and current directions. Key paradigms studied include functionalism, structuralism, Marxist approaches, interpretive turn, Foucauldian approaches, feminist critiques, postmodernism and sensory ethnography. With this spectrum of readings, the aim is to acquaint students with a broad range of competing theoretical approaches so that they may learn to understand the relationship between anthropological knowledge, power and politics.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014Contact info & Office Hours
      • ANTH 4342-001 Culture, Power and History in South Asia
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • ANTH 5303-001 History of Anthropological Theory (Cross-listed with Humanities)
        No Description Provided.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • ANTH 2322-003 Global Cultures
        No Description Provided.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • ANTH 4345-001 Visualizing Culture
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • ANTH 3300-001 Anthropological Theory
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • ANTH 5341-001 Postcolonial South Asia (cross-listed with Humanities HUMA 5303)
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011

Other Teaching Activities

    • Honors and Awards
      • Active Learning Mini-Grant

        Awarded - University of Texas at Arlington.  Fostering semester-long team dynamics. (with Dr. Sasley)

        Invited Dr. Michael Sweet (U of Texas-Austin) to present a workshop on team-based learning

        Attended Team-based learning conference and workshops in UT-Austin

      • Teaching Award Nomination

        Semi-Finalist, COLA. UTA

    • Workshops Attended
    • Team-Based Learning Report
      • Oct 2013 A report on team-based learning by Dr. Ritu Khanduri
    • Students Seminars
      • Dec 2012 South Asia Graduate Seminar
    • Student publications
      • Aug 2017 Peer-reviewed

        Fatima Ayan Hirsi, 2016. “Laughter is Social Glue.” AnthroNow  January 2016. Online.
        Carl Feagans, 2014. “Sacred, Secular, and Ecological Discourses: the Sethusamudram Project.” Culture and History Digital Journal 3 (1):2014. Online.
        Zachary Overfield, 2013. Book Review of Au Pair by Zuzana Burikova and Daniel Miller. Pluto Press, 2010. Anthropology of Work Review  34 (2): 107–108.
        Justin Regan, 2009. Book Review of Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists: The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley by Christian Zlolniski. University of California Press, 2007. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 14 (2): 526-527.

    • 13-14 Year
      • Aug 2010 Student Conferences and papers

        Ivy Lopez. “Finding Gandhi.” Cultural Constructions. University of Texas, Arlington. April 10, 2017.

        Christopher Bell. “Headscarves, Burkini, Islam and Laïcité in France. Cultural anthropology today. University of Texas, Arlington. November 22, 2016.

        Katelin Smith. “Mind unto body unto soul.” National Gandhi Museum. New Delhi, India. May 29, 2016.

        Fatima Ayan Hirsi. “Living Gandhi.” National Gandhi Museum. New Delhi, India. May 29, 2016.

        Global Gandhi Panel: Katelin Smith, Megan Monroe, Randall Cox, Morgen Lanueva, Ivy Lopez, Adam Krajewski and Fatima Ayan Hirsi. University of Texas, Arlington. November 10, 2015.

        Kendra Jones, 2010. “Aids and Sex Education in India.” University of Texas, Arlington. March 25, 2010.

Service to the Community

  • Elected
    • Oct 2012 to  Oct 2012 Maversity Featured Speaker for Multicultural Affairs

      Talk on "Symbolic Violence." Oct 30, 2012. E.H. Center, UTA

    • Nov 2011 to  Nov 2011 Talk on Basics of Hinduism for Students of Grades 6-12

      Invited - (Part of Portrait of India: Fulbright-Hays GPA) World Affairs Council and HEB ISD. Bedford. November 5, 2011

    • Oct 2011 to  Oct 2011 Talk on Hinduism for School and College Faculty

      Invited - (Part of Portrait of India: Fulbright-Hays GPA) World Affairs Council and HEB ISD. Dallas Fort-Worth. October 8, 2011

  • Volunteered
    • Sept 2011 to  June 2012 Diversity Advisory Committee

      CMS-GCISD, TX

    • Mar 2012 to  Mar 2012 GCISD Global Extravaganza

      Colleyville, TX

  • Appointed
    • Jan 2009 to  Dec 2009 Forgotten Gateway

      A Guide for Communities and Educators

    • Mar 2007 to  Mar 2007 "We are from Vietnam" Comic Making Workshop and Exhibit

      Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, TX (with students of Walnut Elementary, Austin, TX)

Service to the Profession

  • Elected
    • June 2013 to  Present Member (elected), Committee on World Anthropologies, American Anthropological Association

      Advance the CWA initative to promote collaboration, participation and publication of international anthropologists

    • Feb 2015 to  Dec 2016 Invited. Wenner-Gren Foundation Proposal Reviewer

      Review research proposals for Wenner-Gren awards

  • Appointed
    • July 2011 to  Mar 2013 Columnist for the Anthropology News, the monthly newsletter of the American Anthropological Association

      Featured research by scholars, particularly emerging scholars in international research centers and universities. The column followed an interview format.

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2013 to  Jan 2014 IDRF, Social Science Research Council

      Invited to serve as proposal reviewer for 2012-13 and 2013-14

    • Jan 2012 to  Jan 2012 NEH Summer Stipend Proposal Reviewer

      Invited to serve as proposal reviewer

    • May 2012 to  May 2012 Manuscipt Reviewer Oxford University Press and Peter Lang

      Manuscipt Reviewer

    • May 2012 to  May 2012 Journal manuscript reviewer, Medical Anthropology

      Reviewer

    • May 2011 to  May 2011 Journal manuscript reviewer, Contemporary South Asia

      Reviewer

    • May 2011 to  May 2011 Journal manuscript reviewer, Anthropology of Work Review

      Reviewer

    • May 2011 to  May 2011 Journal manuscript reviewer, International Journal of Gandhi Studies

      Reviewer

    • May 2010 to  May 2010 Journal manuscript reviewer, South Asian Popular Culture

      Reviewer

    • July 2013 to  Present Guest Editor (with Dr. Ronie Parciack, Tel Aviv U), South Asian Popular Culture. Special issue, Terror and Media. 2013.

      Collaborated to conceptualize, invite, review proposals and essays and finalize the special issue.

    • Jan 2011 to  Feb 2011 AwardsAwards Committee for the Elsie Clews Parsons Prize for the best Graduate Paper. American Ethnological Society. American Anthropological Association, 2011

      Review and rank graduate essays based on ethnographic research and select the award-winning essay.

    • Jan 2011 to  Mar 2011 Co-organizer Invited Conference Session (with Dr. Gabriela Torres, Wheaton College, MA), "Artistic Employ and Aesthetic Production." American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting.

      Propose panel and post call for papers, review and select proposals and organize session at the conference.

    • Mar 2007 to  Dec 2007 Co-organizer (with Dr. Jennifer Esperanza, Beloit College) conference panel. American Anthropological Association Meetings.

      Session sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology

    • July 2008 to  Oct 2008 Co-organizer (with Dr. Sandya Hewamanne, Wake Forest U), Annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI.

      Session on nation formations and cultural hegemony

    • Jan 2001 to  Dec 2002 Journal manuscript reviewer, South Asia Graduate Journal (SAGAR)

      Editorial Collective with Nusrat Choudhury and Shubhra Sharma UT-Austin

    • Aug 2013 to  Aug 2014 IDRF, Social Science Research Council

      Invited to serve as proposal reviewer

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Dec 2007 to  Present Faculty Advisor, Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Club, 2007 (Spring)-2010 (Spring), and Fall 2012-Present.

      Advise and mentor members of the club.

    • July 2013 to  Present Anthropology Search Commitee Member, 2008, 2009 and 2011

      Review applications and interview candidates at the AAA meetings. 2008 (archaeology), 2009 (archaeology), 2011 (cultural), leading to the hire of Dr. Cleghorn, Dr. Keller and Dr. Speier.

    • July 2008 to  Present Anthropology Curriculum Committee

      For students assessment related to core courses: undergraduate theory and global cultures

    • July 2007 to  Present Liberal Arts Scholarship Committee (Undergraduate)

      Review and rank applications for scholarships awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.

    • Feb 2009 to  Apr 2010 Supplementary contributor to the Art and Art History Search Committee.

      Supported Faculty Search in Asian Art History for the Dept. of Art and Art History, leading to the hire of Dr. Belli.

    • July 2009 to  July 2010 Contributing faculty member, Global Research Institute Festival of Ideas

      Invited to contribute to initiatives being launched through a Global Research Research Institute. Participated in one meeting to which I was invited. I proposed the formulation of research clusters, including a focus on immigration that could offer a pathway into developing existing faculty research strengths.

    • July 2007 to  July 2013 Multicultural Collection Advisory Committee

      Nominated to serve on the MCC Committee to support the Library's multicultural collection.

    • Aug 2017 to  Present Chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee

      Lead and organize the tenure and promotion committee, and mentor tenure-track faculty in the anthropology program during their tenure review process and annual reviews.

  • Elected
    • Mar 2010 to  July 2013 Lead Organizer Termini Lecture, April 2010.

      Invited Prof. Lawrence Cohen, UC-Berkeley: The Kidney Comes to India. What Transplant Scandals Teach us About India and the US), April 2010.

    • July 2010 to  Present Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Board

      To collaborate and support events sponsored by the WGS.

    • July 2008 to  July 2010 Committee on Rules and Elections

      To coordinate annual elections in the College of Liberal Arts

  • Volunteered
    • July 2013 to  Present Spring Annual Awards Committee (Anthropology), 2007-Present

      To collaborate with junior faculty in organizing the sociology and anthropology annual awards ceremony.

    • July 2013 to  Present Co-organized Brown Bag talks (Anthropology)

      Invite speakers to present their research and network with students.

    • Jan 2008 to  Mar 2008 Organized invited lecture for women's history month

      Organized and hosted Women's History Month lecture by Dr. Sandya Hewamanne for Women's and Gender Studies.

    • July 2008 to  July 2010 Graduate Humanities Committee

      Invited to serve on commitee to collaborate in activities related to the Humanities.

    • July 2010 to  Feb 2013 ACES (Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students) Judge

      Invited to review and rank students research presentations. In 2012 and 2013, I volunteered in the ACES section organized by the Women and Gender Studies.

    • July 2010 to  July 2011 McDowell Institute for Area Studies and Critical Languages, Contributing faculty member

      Invited to contribute to the discussion on developing an interdiciplinary focus on globalization studies. My contribution in two meetings and some emails included suggestions for courses in anthropology and potential clusters for organizing the globalization focus.

    • Oct 2012 to  Oct 2012 "Bapu Hamare," talk on Gandhi and Material Culture

      Part of lectures presented in India: Culture, History, Politics and Science. October 31, 2012. Library 6th Floor Parlor, UTA

    • Feb 2014 to  Feb 2014 South Asia: Art, Culture, History, Politics and Science

      Keynote lecture by Dr. Archana Verma and presentations on South Asia by UTA faculty and students

      February 10, 2014

    • Feb 2013 to  Present South Asia event on campus

      Led, collaborated and co-organized with UTA faculty Drs. Belli, Bezboruah, and Veerabathina

    • Nov 2016 to  Aug 2017 Cultural Anthropology Today

      Conference panel for anthropology students. Fall 2016. Conceptualized the panel, organized and collaborated with colleagues in the program to mentor students presenting their paper on the panel. Central Library, 6th floor

    • Oct 2015 to  Oct 2016 Global Gandhi

      Conceptualized and mentored students in my Gandhi course to organize and present at a panel to celebrate multicultural week on campus. Co-sponsored by CoLA, Multicultural Affairs and the McDowell Center.