Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Department
Office: EP 426
2012 Year of first appointment in Asian American Studies
PhD Rutgers University, English
MA University of Washington, English
BA University of Virginia, English and Women’s Studies
South Asian American literature and culture; diaspora and transnationalism; social justice and arts activism; gender studies and queer theory
211 Contemporary Asian Americans
216 Introduction to Asian American Literature
218 Asian American Culture
540 South Asians in the United States
581 Asian American Women
822 Seminar: Asian American Literature and Arts
Honors, Awards, and Grants
Exemplary Diversity Scholar, National Center for Institutional Diversity
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Asian American Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mellon Dissertation Seminar Fellowship, Rutgers University
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Current Community Involvement
Current Campus Service
COES Leave with Pay Committee
Faculty Advisor (Pakistani Student Association)
Upper Division Certification Committee of BRC (U.D.D.C.)
Yellow Journal Faculty Advisor
Co-editor with Vanita Reddy, "Queer and Feminist Afro-Asian Formations." Special issue of The Scholar & Feminist Online. Forthcoming Fall 2017.
"Asian Indian American Poetry." Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms, Vol. 1. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016.
with Grace J. Yoo, Mai Nhung Le, and Ellen G. Levine. "Exploring Coping Strategies Among Young Asian American Women Breast Cancer Survivors." Journal of Cancer Education (2015): 1-8.
"Crafting Community: South Asian American Arts and Activism in 1990s New York City." Local/Express: Asian American Arts and Community in 90s NYC. Special issue of Asian American Literary Review. Curtis Chin, Terry Hong and Parag Khandhar, guest eds. (2013): 161-179.
"Muslim, Interrupted." Rev. of Chinese Women: A Novel. sx salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform, Issue 5 (June 2011): Online.http://smallaxe.net/wordpress3/reviews/2011/06/30/muslim-interrupted/