Diaspora, South Asian-American studies, transnational feminisms, disability, queer bodies, non-dominant epistemologies, critical pedagogy, governmentality and empire
Pavithra Suresh is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. Though originally from Cary, North Carolina, Pavithra received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Hollins University, a tiny women’s college in Roanoke, Virginia. She then received her Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication from American University in Washington, DC. Pavithra sees the research she has conducted thus far as part of a genealogy of scholarship that explores the role of state and institutional power in constraining Other identities, particularly those who have been hyper-marginalized within conversations on the margins. Her current interests involve the parallel dialectics between the West/East, whiteness/Otherness, masculine/feminine, and ‘normal’ or ‘able’/‘queer’ or ‘disabled’ bodies, specifically applied to the erasure of queer identities within Hindu Indian-American contexts. Pavithra also teaches GLOA 101: Introduction to Global Affairs.
M.A. in Intercultural and International Communication - American University
B.A. in International Studies - Hollins University