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Sujani K. Reddy

Five College Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies

Departmental affiliation: American Studies

Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., New York University (2008)
B.A., Yale University (1995)

I am currently the Five College Assistant Professor in Asian/Pacific/American Studies, and the co-chair of the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate Program.  I teach at the crossroads of American Studies and Critical Ethnic Studies.  I understand this location as one that challenges the boundaries of inclusion and exclusion as part of a path to collective liberation.  My scholarship has thus far concentrated on South Asian diaspora and U.S. imperialism.  I am an editor and contributor to The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power.  It was released by NYU Press in the United States in July of 2013 (http://nyupress.org/books/book-details.aspx?bookId=6407#.UjYcV7wtfZs), and Orient BlackSwan in South Asia.  My book, Nursing and Empire: Gendered Labor and Migration from India to the United States, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in the Fall of 2015.  This project is based on my dissertation, which won the 2009 Dean's Outstanding Dissertation in the Humanities Award at New York University.  I also recently completed an article, "Other": Reconsidering Asian Exclusion and Immigrant Rights" for the Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies (forthcoming). It is the first in a series of pieces where I will consider struggles for immigrant rights in light of histories of exclusion, labor control and family formation.  My thinking for these comes out of my longstanding commitment, in various contexts, to addressing issues of mass criminalization as constitutive of US imperial formation.