BA, Ohio Wesleyan University
Dr. Prasad's research and teaching converge around critical ethnography, performance studies and pedagogy, and postcolonial theory. Her research projects focus on affinity and artistic community in travel and tourism, situated within the context of racial and class politics of leisure performance and consumption in South Asia. The central issues that drive this research are performances of the self in everyday life, transnational articulations of cultural belonging, hybridity and authenticity of Indian identity, and the exchange and transformation of cultures through globalization. An extension of her work also considers the impact of global mobility and virtual presence on diasporic articulations of class, ethnicity and nationality. She is currently working on a book project that navigates a social history of gymkhanas, nightclubs and other leisure spaces in India. Her most recent article was published by Taylor & Francis in the journal Critical Arts. Pavithra is also an avid creative writer and performer and has showcased her artistic practice in venues from Chicago to Chennai.