Faculty

Purnima Mankekar


Vice Chair of Graduate Affairs and Professor, Gender Studies, Asian American Studies and Film, Television, and Digital Media


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Contact Information

Email    mankekar@ucla.edu
Office  2203 Rolfe Hall
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Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Purnima Mankekar has conducted interdisciplinary research on media and publics/public cultures with a focus on the politics of affect. She is currently completing a book on affective labor and the production of futurities in the Business Process Outsourcing industry in Bengaluru, India titled Future Tense: Affective Labor and Disjunctive Temporalities (co-authored with Akhil Gupta). She is the initiator and convener of an international and interdisciplinary consortium of scholars working on a collective project, Publics on Edge, that seeks to examine how transnational regimes of affect shape politics in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Her first book, Screening Culture, Viewing Politics (Duke; 1999) examined the role of state-run television in the affective construction of “Indian Womanhood.” Her most recent book, Unsettling India: Affect, Temporality, Transnationality (2015; Duke 2015) was on how transnational public cultures constitute India as an archive of affect and temporality. Her co-edited books include Caste and Outcast (co-edited with Gordon Chang and Akhil Gupta; Stanford University Press; 2002) and Media, Erotics, and Transnational Asia (co-edited with Louisa Schein; Duke; 2013). She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her research including a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University (1997-98), a Bunting Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2000-01), a Stanford University Humanities Center fellowship (2005-06), and was a senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2013).  

Degrees

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Washington, 1993

Selected Publications

Books and Special Issues of Journals

Transnational Erotics: Media and the Production of "Asia." Edited by volume with Louisa Schein. Duke University Press, 2012

Mediated Transnationalisms and Social Erotics. Special Issue of Journal of Asian Studies. Co-edited with Louisa Schein, 2004

Caste and Outrcast by Dhan Gopal Mukherji. Co-edited with Gordon Chang and Akhil Gupta. Standford University Press, 2002

Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1999

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Honors Research in Gender Studies

2018 Winter Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Communities

Sex, Race, and Difference in Transnational Film

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Research Design and Professional Development

2017 Winter Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Studies Research

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2016 Fall Quarter

Sex, Race, and Difference in Transnational Film

2016 Spring Quarter

Research Design and Professional Development

2016 Winter Quarter

Asian American Women

Critical Issues in Asian American Communities

2015 Spring Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Studies Research

Globalization: Culture and Society

2015 Winter Quarter

Asian American Women

2014 Fall Quarter

Senior Research Seminar: Gender Studies

2014 Spring Quarter

Transnational Bollywood

Globalization: Culture and Society

2014 Winter Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Communities

Interrogating Microcredit: Gender, Economic Development Programs, and Poverty in Southeast Asia

Multicultural Feminist Knowledge Production: Contemporary

2013 Spring Quarter

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

Multicultural Feminist Knowledge Production: Contemporary

2013 Winter Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Studies Research

2012 Fall Quarter

Transnational Bollywood

2012 Spring Quarter

Transnational Bollywood

Multicultural Feminist Knowledge Production: Contemporary

2012 Winter Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Communities

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2011 Winter Quarter

Gender in South Asian Communities at Home and Abroad

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2010 Fall Quarter

Transnational Bollywood

Feminist Knowledge Production: Early/Modern

2010 Spring Quarter

Gender in South Asian Communities at Home and Abroad

Multicultural Feminist Knowledge Production: Contemporary

2010 Winter Quarter

Transnational Bollywood

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2008 Spring Quarter

Critical Issues in Asian American Studies Research

2008 Winter Quarter

Special Courses in Asian American Populations and Communities

Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2007 Spring Quarter

Topics in Asian American Populations and Communities

Special Topics in Women's Studies

Previous Courses by Course

GENDER 204
Research Design and Professional Development

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

ASIA AM 200C
Critical Issues in Asian American Studies Research

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

GENDER 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2017 Winter Quarter

GENDER M124
Sex, Race, and Difference in Transnational Film

2016 Fall Quarter

ASIA AM 200B
Critical Issues in Asian American Communities

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

ASIA AM 50
Asian American Women

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

GLBL ST 100B
Globalization: Culture and Society

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

GENDER 187
Senior Research Seminar: Gender Studies

2014 Fall Quarter

COMM ST M137
Transnational Bollywood

2014 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

ASIA AM M172C
Transnational Bollywood

2014 Spring Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

GENDER 98T
Interrogating Microcredit: Gender, Economic Development Programs, and Poverty in Southeast Asia

2014 Winter Quarter

GENDER 202
Multicultural Feminist Knowledge Production: Contemporary

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

GENDER 187
Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 202
Multicultural Feminist Knowledge Production: Contemporary

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 187
Senior Research Seminar: Women's Studies

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

ASIA AM 172B
Gender in South Asian Communities at Home and Abroad

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

WOM STD 201
Feminist Knowledge Production: Early/Modern

2010 Fall Quarter

ASIA AM 172C
Transnational Bollywood

2010 Fall Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

ASIA AM 187C
Special Courses in Asian American Populations and Communities

2008 Winter Quarter

WOM STD 285
Special Topics in Women's Studies

2007 Spring Quarter

ASIA AM 191C
Topics in Asian American Populations and Communities

2007 Spring Quarter