PhD in Cultural Studies

Pavithra Suresh

Pavithra Suresh


Cary, North Carolina — right outside of Raleigh.

What is your favorite part about being a Mason student?

In my time thus far at Mason, I’ve been impressed by the depth and breadth of my colleagues’ and my students’ scholastic inquiry. It’s a pretty inspiring place to pursue doctoral research.

What is your favorite part about your degree program?

My favorite part about the Cultural Studies degree program is that it is designed with students’ future success in mind. Whether through teaching opportunities, faculty-led workshops, the colloquium series, or the program coursework itself, I feel as though being in the Cultural Studies program has provided me with ample opportunity to develop as a scholar and academician. 

What is the one part of your degree program that has had the most impact on you?

Faculty and classmate support. The level of solidarity within the Cultural Studies program makes it exceptional to me, as to me that sense of solidarity is a core example of the praxis of Cultural Studies as a field. My research interests have been met primarily with encouragement and validation from both my peers and professors, along with the necessary feedback to produce meaningful, culturally-relevant work.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’m staying open minded about where I will end up once I have graduated from the program. While I have envisioned myself in a tenure-track teaching position, I am also open to a career in cultural advocacy or a position working for a think tank. Regardless, I aim to apply the research ethics and personal values I have developed through this program wherever I land.