Bakirathi Mani is Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at Swarthmore College, where she also chaired the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program between 2008-9. Born in Bombay, raised in Tokyo, and educated in the United States and India, her research focuses on the intersection between immigration and globalization.
Her book, Aspiring to Home: South Asians in America, was recently published by Stanford University Press (2012). Her current research on South Asian diasporic visual and exhibition cultures have been published in Social Text and American Quarterly, among other venues. Her essays on feminism and neoliberalism have also been published in Diaspora, Positions, as well as in several anthologies. From 2009-10 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. She is now a member of Independent Curator's International.