Assistant Professor of English Literature
Professor Mani is a specialist in Asian-American cultural studies with particular emphasis on South Asian diasporas. She also teaches courses on transnational feminist studies, postcolonial theory, and literatures of globalization.
She is the author of the forthcoming book, Becoming South Asian in America: National Identities, Transnational Localities, as well as numerous articles.
Professor Mani's work focuses on first- and second-generation immigrants from the Indian subcontinent in the United States. She examines how a heterogeneous immigrant group consolidates differences of class and gender, national origin and religious faith to produce universal narratives of experience as Americans. Her research draws upon literary and film criticism as well as ethnography in order to examine how, as an emergent Asian American community, South Asians shape new formations of U.S. multiculturalism. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Professor Mani examines the relationship between immigration and globalization at the turn of the 21st century. She is also the coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Studies program.
Recent publications include articles on the novelist Jhumpa Lahiri, the Miss India USA pageant, and studies of neoliberalism and diaspora.
Professor Mani received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, her M.A. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.