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Rumya S. Putcha is an assistant professor in the Institute for Women's Studies as well as in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Her research interests center on post-Enlightenment, colonial and anticolonial thought, particularly around constructs of citizenship, race, gender, sexuality, the body, and the law. Professor Putcha received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2011 and her first book, Mythical Courtesan | Modern Wife: Disembodiment and Anticolonial Praxis in Transnational South Asia, develops a critical race and feminist approach to South Asian performance cultures. She is currently working on a project titled, “Yee-Yee Nation: Public universities, Country music, and the Doublespeak of 21st-century White Supremacy,” which examines expressions of race, citizenship, and post-9/11 American cultural politics within higher education and country music publics. Her second book project, “Namaste Nation: Wellness Cultures and Orientalism in the 21st Century ” extends her work on transnational South Asian performance cultures to critical analyses of capitalist fitness industries within legal and affective discourses of body, race, wellness, and citizenship.

Selected recent publications:

Gender, Caste, and Feminist Praxis in Transnational South India” The Journal of South Asian Popular Culture (2019) 17(1): 61-79

“Dancing in Place: Mythopoetics and the Production of History in Kuchipudi” Yearbook for Traditional Music (2015) 47: 1-26

“Between History and Historiography: The Origins of Classical Kuchipudi Dance.” Dance Research Journal (2013) 45(3): 1-20