Academic Council

SAADA's Academic Council is a select community of scholars and academics committed to furthering the inclusive study of South Asian Americans through their active involvement in SAADA's pedagogical, publishing, and documentary initiatives.

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Co-Chairs:
Chandani Patel, New York University
Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, University of Arizona

Bios (alphabetical by last name):

Dr. Chandani Patel is Director of Global Diversity Education and Training at NYU, where she works to build a robust diversity education curriculum in collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. Chandani focuses particularly on creating inclusive teaching and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff, and she is committed to advancing a more equitable higher education landscape. She has presented and facilitated numerous workshops and presentations on inclusive teaching, learner-centered teaching, active learning, metacognition, critical self-awareness, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education contexts. Chandani received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, and she holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. Her scholarly work focuses on the Afro-Indian Ocean, with particular attention to the literature of South Asians in Africa, as well as on literary connections between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean worlds.


Dr. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona, where she teaches interdisciplinary literary and cultural theory, contemporary South Asian Anglophone literatures, and Asian/American cultural production. She is also an award-winning journalist and former magazine editor with bylines in over three dozen scholarly and public venues. Before joining UA, Ragini taught at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a PhD in Rhetoric in 2016.