ritu g. khanduri











Over the past several years, I have explored India's visual culture to gain further insight into colonial and contemporary politics, shared media spaces, globalization processes and material culture. My first book manuscript titled, "Caricaturing Culture in India" is a historical anthropological study of newspaper cartooning in India. The Wenner-Gren Foundation's Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-11) aided the writing-up of my book manuscript. Fieldwork for "Caricaturing Culture in India" was multisited. It included ethnographic and archival research in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Kerala, Lucknow, Canterbury, London, Austin, and Washington DC.

Earlier phases of this research have also received support from the Fulbright Foundation, Institute for Historical Research (University of London)-Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, the U of Texas at Austin and the U of Texas at Arlington.

Additional media projects explore comic books, and the Internet in relation to Hinduism and immigration in the US, and fandom.

I am also developing a book manuscript "Branding Gandhi" that takes forward my long-term interest in representation and material culture. UTA's McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies supplementary travel grant (2012) funded a short phase of research in India.

Finally, I have a strong interest in science, technology and society. Funded by a Fulbright Research Grant (2012-13), my ongoing book project on women engineers, "Microchips and Mascara," advances this strand of my research.

doctoral committee

James Brow (chair), Gail Minault (co-chair), Kamran Ali, Pauline Strong, and Kathleen Stewart.

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