Purnima Mankekar


UCLA Gender Studies
1120 Rolfe Hall
Box 951504
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Ph.D., University of Washington, 1993

Areas of Interest

Feminist Media Studies, Post-9/11Public Cultures, Affect Thoeries, Outsourcing and Information Technology, Transnational Cultural Studies; South Asian America, South Asia


  • 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

Scholarly Articles

  • "Erotics, Transnational Media, and Commodity Affect." In Transnational Erotics: Media and the Production of "Asia" Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein, eds. Duke University Press, 2012
  • "Televisual Temporalities and the Affective Organization of Everyday Life." In Issues in Television, eds. Biswarup and Abhiji Roy, Oxford University Press, 2011
  • "Becoming Entrepreneurial Subjects: Neoliberalism and Media," in The State in India after Liberalization, eds. Akhil Gupta and K. Sivaramakrishnan. Routledge, 2010
  • "Media and Mobility in a Transnational World," in Media and Social Theory, eds. David Desmondhalgh and Jason Toynbee. London: Routledge, 2008
  • "Dangerous Desires: Television and Erotics in Late-Twentieth Century India." Journal of Asian Studies 63(2):403-431, 2004
  • "Off-center: Feminism and South Asian Studies in the Diaspora." In At Home in Diaspora, eds. Jackie Assayag Veronique Benei. Delhi: Permanent Black, 2003


  • Fullbright Senior Faculty Research Award for research on call centers in Bangalore, India, 2008-2009
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Asian American Studies, Stanford University, 2002
  • Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2000-2001