Associate Professor, Department of History, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality StudiesFacultyI am new to OSU, having joined the departments of History and Women's Studies in Autumn 2004. My research focuses on women and gender in modern South Asia, and I teach courses in these areas, as well as in global and trans-national feminisms and Asian history. My research interests have taken me to South Asia and I lived for about a year in Chennai (Madras) and New Delhi.My research and teaching on both Asia and Asian American studies have been shaped by my experience growing up as a second generation Indian American in Connecticut – at a time when Asian Americans were few and far between in my neighborhood. My initial interest in Asia developed as a way to "make up" for these absences, and to find ways to connect my own experiences as an Asian American with intellectual inquiry and activism. I look forward working to being part of a vibrant and multi-ethnic community here in Columbus as I strive to provide a supportive and diverse environment for my third generation(!) Asian American daughter.