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Anthropology Department’s Newest Assistant Professor Opens Fresh Category of Courses

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Anthropology Department’s Newest Assistant Professor Opens Fresh Category of Courses

October 14, 2014

Stanley Thangaraj brings focus on race, Asian-Americans, and athletic influences on society.

Stanley Thangaraj, a socio-cultural anthropologist who joined the faculty of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership has launched a series of new courses in the Department of Anthropology. Focused on sports and its impact on social groups, they include, “American Sports and Masculinity,” “Anthropology of Sport, and “Sports, Race, and Gender.”      
Thangaraj, an assistant professor, comes to the Colin Powell School with a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His areas of research interest include race, gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity in Asian Americans. He is author of the forthcoming book, Brown Out, Man Up! Basketball, Leisure, and Making Desi Masculinity, which is in contract with New York University Press.    
Thangaraj’s current research considers the way Kurdish women in the Middle East develop their identities, despite the influence of U.S racialization. The second project, “Museums, Racialization, and Memorial Silence,” focuses on the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and examines the relationship between civil rights history, gentrification, and the social movement of black nationalists.   
 His previous works and presentations include:  
·       Playing Asian American: The Politics of Sport, under contract, New York University Press; 
·       Sport and South Asian Diaspora: Playing Through Time and Space, coauthor,forthcoming from Routledge; ·
       “Liting it up: Popular Culture, Indo-Pak Basketball, and South Asian American Histories,”presented at the South Asia Popular Culture Conference in Manchester, England.
Thangaraj serves on the board of directors for Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE) which assists refugee communities in Nashville, and is a member of Building Understanding (BUDS), an organization that reaches out to youths through social justice paradigms. Additional courses taught include: African American Social Movements, Anthropology of Urban Areas, and Introduction to Sociology. 
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