Jigna Desai, Prof. of Gender, Women, & Sexuality. Aug 2015
Jigna Desai is Professor of Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies, with departmental affiliations in American Studies and Asian Languages & Literatures at the University of Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include Asian American literature and media, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, queer/sexuality studies, South Asian diasporas, critical disability studies, autism, and neuronormativity. Her most recent research examines how neural knowledge about autism shapes our social, political, and material worlds nationally and transnationally, and raises questions about the meaning of autism and about the ways neural knowledge and neuro-normativity (e.g., the hegemony of “normal brains and cognition”) increasingly form and inform societies and citizenship in the new millennium.
At the IAS, Desai also spoke on Warrior Mothers and Immunity Moms: Motherhood, Neoliberalism, and Autism in 2015, Thinking Bollywood, Refugee Identity, and Hmong Diasporic Longings in 2013, and Performance and Social Justice in 2008.