Age: 23
Home Town: Richmond, VA
Education: B.A, Anthropology and Religious Studies, University of Virginia 2010
Specific Field Interests: formations of citizenship, nationhood and subjectivity in postcolonial South Asia, politics of difference, collective memory, migration.
Placement: Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: My passion lies in exploring the nature and implications of cross-border cultural connections in South Asia, specifically between India and Pakistan. In my undergraduate college career, the majority of my training in socio-cultural anthropology was centered on critical race theory, postmodernism, semiotics and South Asian historical recollections and popular culture. During that time, I developed an interest in studying religio-political agendas and identity reformulation and reinforcement in postcolonial South Asia, particularly in Indian and Pakistani Punjab. Since 2011, I have freelanced as a regional contributor for The Independent, an English Daily published out of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Additionally, I have worked as an SAT and GRE Prep Tutor and Lead Teacher for a major learning center chain in Virginia for over four years.

Posts by manleensandhu

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A presidential rendezvous in the city that never sleeps

When I first learned that I was among the group of AIF Fellows meeting President […]

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Tea time, CSSGGS style

“If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.” […]

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Life: some relived, some realized

Being in Punjab from November thru February is like being immersed in every imaginable sensory […]

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Ever-changing Landscapes

Being a student of cultural anthropology, I am very familiar with people immediately connecting anthropology […]

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Outsider no more

Now that orientation is over and all the fellows have had the opportunity to get […]

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The world is full of stories, but the stories are all one

My slight obsession with cultural studies began with my first South Asian Studies course in […]

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