I am an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. My research lies at the intersection of feminist and urban geography. I focus on gendered dimensions of urban and national belonging in South Asia in relation to globalization, nationalism, and environmental change to offer grounded interpretations of contemporary development projects in South Asia.

 

I received my Ph.D. in Geography and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.Arch. from Penn State, and a B.Arch. from Mumbai University (Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture). Prior to starting graduate school, I worked as an architect and urban researcher in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Bern.

 

At Dartmouth, I am part of the Postdoctoral Fellow Collective for the Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality. I teach courses on Gender and Development, and Women in Asian Cities.

 

Awards and Fellowships [selected]

2018-20

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dartmouth College

2018-19

Seminar Series Award

Urban Studies Foundation

2018

E. Willard Miller Award in Geography, PhD paper (2nd)
Pennsylvania State University

2017

Glenda Laws Graduate Student Paper Award

Geographic Perspectives on Women, American Association of Geographers

2016-17

Sara Woods Outstanding Graduate Student Award  

Department of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

2015

National Fellowship 

Society of Woman Geographers

2015

Achieving Women Award 

Commission for Women, Pennsylvania State University

2015

Susan Hanson Dissertation Proposal Award 

Geographic Perspectives on Women, American Association of Geographers

2015

Laura Richardson Whitaker Memorial Fund

Department of Women’s Studies, Pennsylvania State University

2015

Nancy Brown Service Award

Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University

2014

Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

Social Science Research Council

2011-12

University Graduate Fellowship

Pennsylvania State University

 

Education

2018

PhD in Geography and Women’s Studies 

Pennsylvania State University

2015

Visiting Scholar 

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

2013

Master's in Architecture 

Pennsylvania State University

2010

Bachelor's in Architecture 

Mumbai University

(Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture)

2009

Summer Exchange Program 

Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

 

Publications

My research program focuses on gendered dimensions of urban belonging in South Asia in relation to globalization, nationalism, and environmental change. I draw on my multidisciplinary training in geography, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, and architecture to analyze spatial dynamics at the intersection of urban life and urban environments.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

Parikh, A. & Miller, C. (2019) Holy cow! Beef ban, political technologies, and Brahminical supremacy in India. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 18(4): 835-874.

Parikh, A. (2019). Liminality of women's leisure in Mumbai, India. Environment and Planning C.

Parikh, A. (2019). Inroads for the outsourced: Call center graveyard shifts and the impacts of women on the nocturnal streets of Mumbai, India. Suffragette City. Routledge. 

Parikh, A. (2018). Politics of presence: women’s safety and respectability at night in Mumbai, India. Gender, Place & Culture, 25(5), 695-710.

Parikh, A. (2013). Jane in the call center. Critical Planning Journal, 20, 119-130.

[forthcoming] Parikh, A. Insider-outsider as process: drawing as reflexive feminist methodology during fieldwork. cultural geographies.

 

[accepted with minor revisions] Parikh, A. Urban as palimpsest: neoliberal environments, fishing livelihoods, and toxic landscapes in Mumbai, India. GeoHumanities.

Other publications (not peer-reviewed)

Parikh, A. (2013). Gendered household expectations: neoliberal policies, graveyard shifts, and women's responsibilities in Mumbai, India. In The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender, 367-379. 

Parikh, A., Henrique, K., & Aslankan, A. (co-editors). (2013). Conference Proceedings: Nature of spatial practices. 

Shetty, P., Gupte, R., Parikh, A., Patel, P., Mehta, R. (2011) Design manual: addressing climate change with low cost green housing. World Bank Report.

Shetty, P., Gupte, R., Patil, R., Parikh, A., Sabnis, N., Menezes, B. (2007) Housing typologies in Mumbai. Urban Age, London School of Economics.

Book reviews

Parikh, A. (2018). Review of In the public’s interest: evictions, citizenship, and inequality in contemporary Delhi by G. Bhan. H-Citizenship at H-Net Reviews.

Parikh, A. (2017). Review of Transnational labour migration, remittances and the changing family in Asia edited by L. Hoang and B. Yeoh. Progress in Development Studies.

Parikh, A. (2016). Review of The Art of Making do in Naples by Jason Pine. Space & Polity 20 (3).

 

Teaching

Since 2010, I have taught in geography, women’s studies, and architecture departments at the University of Mumbai, the Pennsylvania State University, and Dartmouth College. In these institutions, I have served as lead instructor in residential and online settings for introductory and upper-level courses. My interdisciplinary teaching emphasizes the spatiality of power and how it plays out at the various scales of the personal, institutional, and across global settings. I design multi-method assignments to encourage data triangulation in knowledge production and engaged learning to immerse students in their immediate contexts.

Courses taught

Dartmouth College

Pennsylvania State University

Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture

Global Urbanism

GEOG 26

GEOG 80

GEOG 85

WMNST 100

GEOG 20

ARCH 100

Women, Gender and Development

Women in Asian Cities

Environment and Identity in South Asia

Introduction to Women's Studies

Introduction to Human Geography

Architecture and Ideas

Mentorship

Dartmouth College

2019   Isabella Chao

2019   Arjun Srinivasan

Pennsylvania State University

2017   Stephanie Keyaka

2017   Clara Miller

2016   Yuying Ren

Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture

2015   Smriti Bhaya

2015   Ritu Pethani

2012   Vidhi Advani

2012   Sheena Mascarenhas

 

Presentations [selected]

Invited Public Talks

2020 [upcoming]

Urban as Palimpsest: Neoliberal Environments, Fishing Livelihoods, and Toxic Landscapes

GeoSpectives Series Speaker, Department of Geography, McGill University

2019

Academia and Activism (panelist)

Dartmouth College

2019

International Issues: Personal Perspectives (moderator)

India-Pakistan Panel, Dartmouth College

2018

Feminism and Urbanization in South Asia

Asian American Living, Dartmouth College

2018

Politics of presence: safety and respectability for women at night in Mumbai, India

Coffee Hour Series Speaker, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Pennsylvania State University

2016

What I eat, who I am: what’s at stake with India’s beef ban?

Grad Lightning Talks, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University

2014

Disparate Trajectories: Comparing Urban River Projects in Lahore and Ahmedabad

Centre for Policy Research and Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi: 52nd Urban Workshop

2011

City in Literature: Mumbai

Encounters Series, Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture

Guest Lectures for Courses

 

2019

Leisure and the service economy

Introduction to International Development, Dartmouth College

2019

Urban palimpsest and human-centered development

Geography of International Development, University of Colorado Boulder

2017

Political Economy of India’s Modernization

ARCH 520: Architectural Theory, Penn State

2016

Feminist Political Economy

WMNST 301: Global Feminism, Penn State

2016

Nationalist Modernization in India

ARCH 520: Architectural Theory, Penn State

2015

Political Economy and Outsourcing

GEOG 20: Introduction to Human Geography, Penn State

2015

Postcolonial Modernism in India

ARCH 312: South Asian Modernism, Penn State

2014

History of Urbanism in Mumbai

GEOG 128: Urban Geography, Penn State

2014

Visual Geopolitics

GEOG 124: Cultural Geography, Penn State

2014

Vernacular Architecture in India

ARCH 520: Architectural Theory, Penn State

Conference Presentations

2019

Aesthetic environmentalism, capitalist value, and detritus in Mumbai, India 

Urban Climates Workshop, Dartmouth College

2019

Hard boundaries, soft edges: gendered negotiations of shifting urban ecologies in Mumbai, India 

GenUrb Conference, York University, Toronto

2019

Urban as Palimpsest: Neoliberal Environments, Fishing Livelihoods and Toxic Landscapes in Mumbai, India 

Urban Climates Workshop, University of Cambridge

2019

Erasures in 'sustainable' development: gendered negotiations of shifting urban edges in Mumbai, India

American Association of Geographers (AAG), Washington DC

2018

Leisure as liminal: interstices and boundary-making in social reproduction of Mumbai’s urbanism

AAG, New Orleans

2018

Engaging Southern Theory (panelist)

AAG, New Orleans

2017

Appearance of authority: role of attire in accessing public space in Mumbai, India

AAG, Boston

2017

Quiet Social Movements (panelist)

AAG, Boston

2017

Modernity, Space and Gender (panelist)

AAG, Boston

2017

Society of Woman Geographers Fellows

AAG, Boston

2017

Of Crocodiles and Garbage Dumps: Greenwashing and Erasures in Mumbai’s ‘Sustainable’ Development

Urban Affairs Association Conference, Minneapolis

2016

Scholar-Activism or Scholar/Activism? (panelist)

Critical Geography Conference, Lexington

2016

Graveyard shifts in outsourced call centers: navigating and shaping of night landscapes by female call center workers in Mumbai, India

AAG, San Francisco

2016

The politics and ethics of vulnerability: exploring methodologies for rights and justice-based research and praxis (panelist)

AAG, San Francisco

2016

Saffronizing Fascism? Economy, Culture and Environment in India (panelist)

AAG, San Francisco

2016

Ignoring perceptions, heightening risk: examining paradoxes of urban safety policies for women working the night shift in Mumbai, India

Suffragette City Conference, Charleston

2016

Insider-Outsider as Process

Women’s Studies Graduate Organization Conference, Penn State

2014

Neoliberal Islands: Gated spaces, permeable boundaries and urban hygiene in Mumbai, 1990-2013

AAG, Tampa

2014

Transnational Feminist Research Introspections

Women’s Studies Graduate Organization Conference, Penn State

2014

Feminist geopolitical readings of coffee table books

Critical Geography Conference, Boulder

2013

Jane in the Call Center at Women in Labor: Gendering (Re)Production

20th Annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Rochester

Conference and Conference Sessions Organization

2020 [upcoming]

Session: South Asia and its Diaspora: Nationalism, Belonging, and Identity

AAG, Denver (co-organizing with Christabel Devadoss)

2019

Seminar series on “Urban Climates: Power, Development, and Environment in South Asia”

co-organized with Nida Rehman with workshops at the AAG, University of Cambridge, and at Dartmouth College

2019

Session: Creative Critical Geographies

AAG, Washington DC (co-organized with Eden Kinkaid)

2018

Session: Urbanism and Marginality in the Global South

AAG, New Orleans

2017

Conference: Envisioning the Future of Critical Geographies

Department of Geography, Penn State

2014

Conference: Transnational Feminism

Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State

2013

Conference: Nature of Spatial Practices

Department of Architecture, Penn State

Workshop Facilitator

2018

Negotiating Fieldwork

Professional Development Workshop Series, Department of Geography, Penn State

2018

Basics of Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator

GEOG 301: Thinking Geographically, Penn State

2017

Basics of Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator

GEOG 301: Thinking Geographically, Penn State

2016

Basics of Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator

GEOG 301: Thinking Geographically, Penn State

 

Service

Reviewer

External

University Service (Dartmouth)

University Service (Penn State)

Department Service (Penn State)

Community Service (State College)
 

2011      State College Food Bank