- 20th and 21st Century Studies
- American Literature and Culture
- Cultural Studies
- Gender Studies
- Popular Culture
- Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Sexuality Studies
- Transnational Literatures
Vanita Reddy is a feminist scholar and cultural critic whose research focuses on the intersections of race, sexuality, and gender in global contexts. Dr. Reddy’s research focuses on practices of cultural identity, social belonging, and political community within the South Asian American and the global South Asian diaspora. It seeks to make visible subjects and populations who have occupied a historically marginal place within studies of diaspora and globalization, such as women, girls, service sector workers, undocumented migrants, and sexual minorities.
Honors and Awards:
- 2018-2021 Arts and Humanities Fellow ($5,000/year for 3 years)
- Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow (two-course teaching release for Fall 2018)
- Collaborative Grant, Lead Author, Glasscock Center for the Humanities, Fall 2016, $1,500 (with Chaitanya Lakkimsetti, Sociology, and Jyotsna Vaid, Psychology)
- Aggie Allies Rainbow Award for Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) (TAMU, Department of Multicultural Services), 2016
- TAMU ADVANCE Scholar, 2015-2017
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University, Bloomington, Department of Gender Studies, 2013-14
- Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant, TAMU Division of Research, 2011-2012 academic year, 2011
- “Family Togetherness, Affect Aliens, and the Ugly Feelings of Being Included,” Feminist and Queer Theory Reader, eds. L. Ayu Saraswati and Barbara Shaw. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2018 (in production).
- “Introduction: Feminist and Queer Afro-Asian Formations,” The Scholar and Feminist Online (March 2018), with Anantha Sudhakar
- “Affect, Aesthetics, and Afro-Asian Studies,” Journal of Asian American Studies 20.2 (June 2017): 289-294.
- “Diasporic Beauty and Fashionability,” Routledge Handbook of the Indian Diaspora, eds. Radha Hedge and Ajaya Sahoo. New York and London: Routledge, 2017: 183-199.
- “Afro-Asian Intimacies and the Politics of Cross-Racial Struggle in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala. Journal of Asian American Studies.18.3 (Fall 2015): 233-63.
- “Jhumpa Lahiri’s Feminist Cosmopolitics and the Transnational Beauty Assemblage.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. 11.2 (Spring 2013): 29-59.
- “Beauty and the Limits of Belonging in Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine,” Contemporary Literature. 54.2 (Summer 2013): 337-68.
- “Come for the Saris, Stay for the Politics.” Migritude. Shailja Patel. Kaya Press: New York, 2010. 141-47.
- “The Nationalization of the Global Indian Woman: Geographies of Beauty in Femina,” Journal of South Asian Popular Culture (Spring 2006): 61-85.