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RESEARCH

I received my PhD in performance studies at Northwestern University in 2014, and was subsequently the inaugural Embrey Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. During my PhD program, I began doing research on queer nightlife in India and the South Asian diaspora. At the center of my research is the search for artistry in everyday life, whether it is dance in the nightclub that allows people to feel something more than the everyday or in the ways fashion is used to protest surveillance. My essays and books draw on a wide archive that includes extensive transnational ethnography, diasporic film, visual art, family film and photo archives, and more. Feel free to message me to request PDFs of any of the essays.

 

BOOKS


University of Michigan Press (2020)

University of Michigan Press (2021)


In development for

OR Books

 

JOURNAL ESSAYS

BETWEEN AUNTIES: SEXUAL FUTURES AND QUEER SOUTH ASIAN AUNTY PORN


Porn Studies

forthcoming

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

BETWEEN BODIES AND SCREENS: NEW QUEER PERFORMANCE IN BANGALORE

CRUISING THE EPHEMERAL ARCHIVES OF BANGALORE’S QUEER NIGHTLIFE

AUNTY FEVER: A QUEER IMPRESSION


Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings

Oxford University Press

2018

BOLLYWOOD AFFECTS: FEELING BROWN WITH MEENA KUMARI


Theatre After Empire

Routledge

2021

 

SHORT ESSAYS

I'D RATHER BE VALENTINA THAN A DRAG QUEEN

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 
2021

INTIMACIES

Amerasia
2021

A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS: QUEER PEDAGOGY IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE

Theatre Topics
2020

QUEER GENEALOGIES – REMEMBERING THE FUTURE


Theatre Topics

2016

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES


Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History

Gale Press 2019


Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture

Oxford University Press 2019

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

John Wiley and Sons Ltd. 2016