Associate Professor, Geography
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Core Faculty Member, Dhar India Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Cultural Studies, Asian American Studies, Critical Race and Postcolonial Studies, Islamic Studies; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology
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Ishan Ashutosh is a human geographer whose research advances two fundamental issues of geography— human mobility and the production of space. Working at the intersection of political, urban, cultural, and historical geographies, Dr. Ashutosh is interested in how the movement of people, ideas, and commodities re-envision and reinforce geopolitical divides. His research focuses on the production of South Asia along two lines of inquiry. The first concerns South Asian diasporas, whose histories and experiences of spatial dispersal and connection reimagine the region through transnational forms of belonging and political solidarities. The second examines social scientific constructions of South Asia, particularly in American geography and its relationship with other social sciences. By looking at how social scientists have constructed South Asia as a region over time, he explores how this vast region was configured by the convergence of scholarship, colonialism, and American foreign policy. Juxtaposing these two readings of South Asia alongside one another— South Asian diasporic understandings of the region alongside social scientific mappings of the region— Dr. Ashutosh’s research exposes the complex geographies through which people invest social and political meanings to place.
urban geography; political geography; cultural geography; migration/diaspora; postcolonial studies