I am an Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Language, Literacy and Culture Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I received my PhD in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. My research focuses on the effects of migration on gender and families, social reproduction, and South Asian community formation. I am interested in how ideas about gender and the family are transformed and reinforced through transnational and circulating movements.
My research interests inform my teaching and I offer courses on gender and globalization, South Asia, and feminism. My courses analyze globalization, labor, migration, representation, bodies, and social roles through the lenses of gender, race, class, ability, and nation.
In addition to my research on transnational migration, I am also interested in South Asian community formation. I am the former oral historian for the South Asian Oral History Project and co-author of the book Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest with Nalini Iyer, which will be available through the University of Washington Press in January 2013 (https://www.washington.edu/uwpress/search/books/BHAROO.html)
I was a guest on KUOW Seattle’s “Weekday with Steve Scher” program on April 17th, 2013. You can listen to the complete interview by clicking here.