Cultural Anthropology; The Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Statement of Research Interests:
My work focuses on the cross-cultural study of sexuality, law, gender, and personhood online and in the physical world. In particular, my work concentrates on South Asia and the United States. For my dissertation, I am researching the recent re-criminalization of same-sex sexuality in Indian law and how it affects community formation and digital self-making.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy:
Learning how to clearly convey one’s thoughts and opinions is a skill that is useful in any discipline or field. As a consultant, I hope to meaningfully contribute to students’ learning of communication skills. While, the art of writing and communicating is a lifelong journey, consultants can help increase the effectiveness of one’s written, oral, and visual communication skills.
On campus, I help grow the Anthropology department’s social media presence and coordinate the Mutant Anthropologies yearly workshop. Also, I volunteer as a graduate liaison for Students Transforming Rice Into a Violence-Free Environment (STRIVE) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). In addition, I am a projectionist at the Rice Cinema as well as a fellow at the Feminist Economics journal housed under the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexualities (CSWGS). While being a full time graduate student eats up most of my time outside of class, I make time for nail art, playing with my two cats, and watching Hindi YouTubers.