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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Nishant Shahani

Recent publication from Dr. Shahani

Dr. Nishant Shahani‘s essay “Patently Queer: Late Effects and the Sexual Economies of India” was published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (2017, Duke University Press) 23(2), Pg. 195-220.


In 1998 the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis filed a writ petition against the Indian government to prevent local drug manufacturers from producing generic HIV and cancer medications. Rather than framing queer politics in India as a matter of state-sanctioned citizenship in which queers rally for legal rights, “Patently Queer: Late Effects and the Sexual Economies of India” considers this case of Novartis AG v. Union of India as a … » More …

Professor publishes on speech and empire

Dr. Nishant Shahani

Dr. Nishant Shahani’s essay “‘I have a Voice’: Speech, Silence, and the Rehabilitation of Empire” has been published online in Postcolonial Studies (Routledge: Taylor & Francis, July 2015). The print version comes out in the fall issue (Volume 18, Issue 2).

From the abstract: “This article grapples with the performativity of speech as a crucial site through which empire brings into being that which it names. I offer a critique of reading (and rehabilitating) empire as a mild and benign force in conjunction with the popularity of the film The King’s Speech (2010) which, I argue, … » More …

Spring 2014 News Review

Ph.D. candidate Darrell S. Hogge‘s paper “Journey to Inclusion,” about repatriating returning Native American students to the plateau reservations, was presented at the Pacific Northwest American Studies Conference, held at Central Washington University April 17–19, 2014.
Congratulations to Dr. Linda Heidenreich for receiving the President’s Award for Mentoring Student Leaders.
Dr. Pamela Thoma presented a paper in April at the Association for Asian American Studies Annual Conference (35th anniversary) in San Francisco entitled “Academia’s Next Top Model: Asian American Studies in the Neoliberal University.” Also in April, she presented “The Cautionary Tale and the Makeover Narrative on ‘Quality TV’: Girls, Anti-Work, and Managing the … » More …

Fall 2013 News Review

Drs. David Leonard and Pamela Thoma participated in the American Studies Association’s annual meeting, held November 21–24 in Washington, D.C. Leonard chaired the session “Party Like It’s 1899: Racial Play in the Neoliberal University,” and Thoma chaired and commented on the session “Immigrant Matters.” In addition, Ph.D. student Annita Lucchesi‘s paper “They Are Still Taking: Mapping Reiterative Violence and Northern California’s Gold Rush” was presented in the session “Indigenous and Critical Settler Cartographies: Mapping Labor and Debt in Public Spaces of Dissent.”
The Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Race, … » More …