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Prof. Munasinghe is a Professor of Anthropology and the Asian American Studies. Her research focuses on the relation between ethnicity and nationalism and the politics of exclusion in nation building projects. She is also interested in a comparative understanding of how narratives of mixture, like creolization or multiculturalism operate to exclude citizens from the nation despite their overt promise of inclusion. Prof. Munasinghe's book "Callaloo or Tossed Salad: East Indians and the Cultural Politics of Identity in Trinidad" was a winner of the 2002 Social Science Book Award presented by the Association for Asian American Studies. This semester Prof. Munasinghe is teaching Asians in the Americas (AAS 3030) and the Freshman Writing Seminar: Asians in the New World (ANTHR 1101).
Prof. Viranjini Munasinghe
Asian American Studies Program, Cornell Department of Anthropology
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