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Ph.D. candidate, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley (in progress)
Dissertation topic: Popular music and nationalism in 1997 Britain
M.A., Commonwealth Literature (English), Leeds University, UK, 1994
Dissertation topic: Colonialism and gender in the work of Jamaica Kincaid
B.A. (Hons.), Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Thesis topic: American women of color writing on girlhood
• Background Actor, My Name Is Khan, dir. Karan Johar, 2010.
• Assistant Director, Unveiled, dir. Manijeh Fata, June 2008.
• Production, Grip, Actor, Kyu Tension, dir. Gajendra Gunti, Spring 2008.
• Co-director, More Than A Day’s Work, documentary digital video, May 2001.
• Music Director, Featured DJ, Public Affairs producer, Recording Producer, Interviewer, KALX Berkeley 90.7FM, 1989-1993.
• Film review and analysis, PlanetBollywood.com, 2009-present.
• Author, “Namastey East Bay”, East Bay Express (cover story), 30 July 2008.
• Program evaluator, Reducing Health Disparities Initiative, Contra Costa Health Services, 2006-07.
• Consultant researcher and editor, “Best Practices of Berkeley Services to Youth,” report prepared for City of Berkeley, January 2005.
• Field Research, co-writing, copy editing, typography and layout, “The Quality, Role, and Effectiveness of the Haas BETA program,” Institute for the Study of Social Change published report for the UC Office of the President, May 2003.
• Co-editor, The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness, Duke University Press, July 2001.
• Interview, “Sophie B. Hawkins,” Girlfriends (cover story), September 2000.
• Interview, “Melanie C (Spice Girls),” Girlfriends (cover story), June 2000.
• Copy editor, Máscaras. Ed. Lucha Corpi. Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1997.
• Author, “Music Marketing: Tropes of Hybrids, Crossovers, and Cultural Dialogue through Music,” in Popular Music and Society , 21:3 (Fall 1997), pp. 85-118.
• Contributor to The Berkeley Guides: California ‘97 and San Francisco ’97 and The Berkeley Guides: Great Britain and Ireland ‘96 and London ‘96 (uncredited in the latter), New York: Fodor’s Travel Publications, 1996 & 1997.
• Film note, “London,” Pacific Film Archive calendar, March/April 1995.
• Poem, “antiphon,” in Plural Desires. Eds. Leela Acharya et al. Toronto: Sister Vision Press, 1995, pp. 191-192.
Event Design and Planning
• Conference Planning Collective member, “17th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference,” UC Berkeley, final event March 2002.
• Organizer, “The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness” conference, UC Berkeley, 11-13 April 1997.
• Organizer, “Sounding the Difference: Musics and the Politics of Identity in America and Beyond” conference, UC Berkeley, October 1995.
• Re/Generation Project committee, “Another Life Up Inside Her Head,” Galería de la Raza, San Francisco, CA, April 1995.
• Conference Planning Collective member, “10th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference,” UC Berkeley, April 1995.
• Organizer, “Making Face Making Soul” conference, UC Berkeley, 26 October 1990.
Conference Presentations/Invited Lectures
• “Colonizing Oneself Through Others: Britain’s Popular Music Crisis and Resolution,” Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide conference, University of California Riverside, 10-12 March 2011. http://cesa.ucr.edu/
• “’For Your Eyes Only’: Insiders and Outsiders in Indian Film Songs,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music conference, University of California San Diego, 30-31 May 2009.
• “Troubling Visibility: Indian Cinema as Transnational Representation,” From Bombay to LA: The Travels of South Asian Cinema, National University of Singapore, 9-10 February 2009.
• Producer and interactive screening presenter, “From the Silent Era to Bollywood: The History and Travels of Indian Cinema,” National Library Singapore, 10 Feb 2009.
• Filmmaker Panelist, “Mad About Bollywood: The History and Travels of Indian Cinema, National Library Singapore, 10 Feb 2009. http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Event.aspx?EventID=27701
• “Britpop: Constructing the fall and rise (and fall) of Britain,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music conference, Northeastern University, 26-29 April 2007.
• “Barriers to Participation in Women’s Soccer,” United States Adult Soccer Association Region IV Council Meeting conference, 6 January 2007.
• “Watching the Spice Girls take over the World,” This Magic Moment conference, Experience Music Project, Seattle, 17 April 2004.
• “Student Workers and Supervisors: 360° Leadership Development,” Leadership in Changing Times: The 13th Annual Conference on Advising, Counseling, and Mentoring, UC Berkeley, 23 March 2004.
• “British Music and Postcolonialism: A 1997 Case Study,” Women’s Studies 50AC (Gender in American Culture: Popular Music), UC Berkeley, Summer 2003.
• “Working with Students: Cultivating Mutual Professionalism and Respect,” Sharing our Best Practices: Collaborating Across The Campus Community: The 10th Annual Conference on Advising, Counseling, and Mentoring, UC Berkeley, 27 March 2001.
• “Fans and Media Looking for Lesbians,” Women’s Studies 111:101 (Feminist Practices and Popular Cultures in North America), UC Berkeley, Summer 2000.
• “Feminism, Role Models, the Spice Girls,” Women’s Studies 111:101 (Feminist Practices and Popular Cultures in North America), UC Berkeley, Summer 1999.
• KALW Radio 91.7 FM, San Francisco, 1 hour discussion and call-in on Studies of Whiteness, 21 April 1997.
• “’But Hip Hop is Harder’: Spice Girls Fighting the Power?,” Boundaries in Question conference, UC Berkeley, March 1997.
• “Women of Color Across Sexualities,” 10th Annual Empowering Women of Color Conference, 22 April 1995.
• “Community Radio and the Community,” 5th Western Conference of College Broadcasters, 1993.
University Class Design and Instruction
• Chicano Families, Chicano Studies dept., UC Berkeley, Summer 2007.
• Chicano Families, Chicano Studies dept., UC Berkeley, Spring 2007.
• Gender, Sexuality & Ethnicity in Contemporary Popular Culture, Gender and Women’s Studies dept., UC Berkeley, Summer 2006.
• Identity & Representation in Media, Ethnic Studies dept., UC Berkeley, Spring 2006.
• Media, Violence & Stereotyping, Media Studies dept., University of San Francisco, Spring 2006.
• Strategies for Success, UC Berkeley Student Learning Center (Education 98), Fall 2004.
• College Writing N2, Summer Bridge Program, UC Berkeley, Summer 2004.
• Chicano Music, Chicano Studies department, UC Berkeley, Summer 2004.