Manan Desai

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Assistant Professor, A/PIA Faculty

505 S. State Street | 3722 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Office Location(s): 3658 Haven Hall
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:40PM-6:40PM
Phone: 734.615.2524
Fax: 734.936.1967

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Faculty: Department of American Culture (AC), Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • South Asian American studies
  • About

    Professor Desai comes to Ann Arbor from Syracuse University to join the American Culture faculty in Asian/Pacific Islander American studies.  His research examines how transnational exchanges between Indian and American intellectuals influenced the emergent political discourses of nationhood, race, and caste in South Asia and how these exchanges also provided a new vocabulary for race and class politics in the U.S.  More recently, he has begun work on another project, which examines how 20th century popular cultural and middlebrow representations of South Asian Americans shaped understandings of empire and race in the U.S. Since 2010, Prof. Desai has been a member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), where he contributes original archival research, assists in building digital collections, and serves as an editor and contributor to Tides, the online publication of SAADA.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2011