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Essays

Lady Bird‘s glaring white mediocrity” The Week. December 7, 2017.
“Milk and Vine’s Viral Success Is White Mediocrity Capitalizing on Rupi Kaur’s Work” Teen Vogue, November 15, 2017.
“How Reddit Is Used to Indoctrinate Young Men Into Becoming Misogynists” Vice, November 15, 2017.
“The Fists Of White Men: Orientalism and Yellow Peril in ‘The Defenders’.” Bitch Media, August 29, 2017.
“The Problem with ‘Aladdin’.” Bitch Media, July 17, 2017.
“I’m Tired of Watching Brown Men Fall in Love With White Women Onscreen.” Jezebel, July 6, 2017.

Appearances

Season 3. The Grapevine, Fall 2017.
“Episode 9.” The Hamza Khan Show, September 1, 2017.
“South Asian (Mis)Representations Onscreen.” WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show, July 26, 2017.
“A Conversation with Aditi Natasha Kini about ‘The Big Sick’.” DaveChen.net, July 13, 2017.
“What is Park Slope but a petri dish of neo-feudalism, artists ask in absurdist music video.” Brokelyn, May 25, 2017.

Projects

“Park Slope”: Co-directed absurdist video with Hanna Edizel, set to rapper OHYUNG’s ‘Park Slope’.

“Inherited Trauma”: Curator/producer of a show first exhibited at Local Project + day-long series of performances, for the Long Island City Arts Open Festival, May 2017.

“Reflections on Tirhut”: Co-author of essay with Dr. William R. Pinch on the water history of Mithila. Forthcoming publication in The Power of Bhakti: Social Location and Public Affect in India’s Religion of the Heart (University of Washington Press, 2018). Research presented at “Exploring Bhakti: Is Bhakti a language of power or protest?” conference, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University, May 2016.

“hometown browns”: Co-host of free-form radio show for three seasons on WESU Middletown 88.1 FM—South Asian culture, humor and music. Spin-off podcast in development for Summer/Fall 2017.

Oral histories: Collaborator on a book/media project with Dr. Indira Karamcheti, building narratives of the South Asian immigrants who found a way to the US before the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.

“The First Americans”: Researcher for Dr. Karamcheti’s project on 19th-century seamen who might have been from India, and the treatment of race and difference in the Seamen Protection Certificates.

Madhushala: Translated a large portion of the neo-romanticist Hindi book of 135 quatrains from 2011-2012.

Rubbing Eyes and Rings: Play performed at CultureHub NY for “Verbally Challenged: Digital Dialogues” where Manchester and NYC used telepresence to create a hybrid analog-digital performance.

Education

Wesleyan University: MA in Liberal Studies. May 2016
Thesis: “sun-kissed, screwed-up, shaggy bodies” – anthology of 4 creative nonfiction essays.

Wesleyan University: BA in Psychology/Cognitive Science, Writing. Dec. 2012
Term essay: “models of virtue” – Victorian women and morality in key English literature texts.