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Bakirathi Mani

Bakirathi Mani

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature and Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Swarthmore College
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1997
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Bakirathi Mani is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature and Coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Swarthmore College. A scholar of South Asian diasporic public culture, she is the author of Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America (Stanford University Press, 2012). Her second book, Haunting Visions: South Asian Diasporic Visual and Exhibition Cultures (forthcoming from Duke University Press for the Camera Obscura series) considers how South Asian American self-representation is constituted through imperial British and settler colonial histories of visuality. Her essays  have been published in American Quarterly, Social Text, The Journal of Asian American Studies, Diaspora and Positions, among other venues.  At Swarthmore, her teaching spans courses in Asian American Studies, cultural studies of globalization, Transnational Feminist and Queer Studies, and postcolonial historiography.  Prior to joining MTL, she earned her  M.A. in Modern Indian History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and her B.S.F.S. in Non-Western History and Diplomacy from Georgetown University.