Rupa Pillai

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Senior Lecturer

Rupa Pillai is a lecturer of Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation, Caribbean Hinduism on the Move, is the culmination of 15 months of ethnographic fieldwork with the growing Indo-Caribbean American community in New York City. Through this research, she explores how this community adapts and mobilizes Hinduism in this second migration, first from the Indian subcontinent and second from the Caribbean, to carve a space for themselves within the social landscape of New York City. Before joining ASAM, she taught at Brandeis University and Tufts University.