Purnima Mankekar

Associate Professor, Gender Studies and Asian American Studies

2203 Rolfe Hall

Michelle Erai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor


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


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



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

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