Ronak Kapadia, PhD


Core Faculty

Assistant Professor,
Gender and Women's Studies

PhD, American Studies
New York University, 2012

Office: 1218 UH (MC 360)
Phone: 312-996-2715
E-mail: ronak [at] uic [dot] edu

*Curriculum Vitae


About Dr. Kapadia

Ronak K. Kapadia is an interdisciplinary cultural theorist of race, sexuality, and empire in the twentieth and twenty-first century United States. He joins the faculty of GWS after completing a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside. He holds a BA, with honors and distinction, in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Stanford University and received his PhD in American Studies from New York University in 2012.

Professor Kapadia is at work on his first book, The Sensorial Life of Empire: Race, Security, and the Queer Calculus of Counterinsurgency. In it, he examines modern American Empire in the Middle East and South Asia through an interdisciplinary analysis of transnational South Asian, Muslim, and Arab American visual and performance art practices and their critical intersections with the logics and tactics of US counterinsurgency warfare.

His broader areas of research and teaching include critical ethnic studies, transnational queer and feminist cultural studies, visual culture and aesthetics, critical prison and security studies, and interdisciplinary approaches to US Empire and the Muslim International. His published or forthcoming academic essays appear in Asian American Literary Review, South Asian Diaspora, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and edited volumes from The American University of Beirut (AUB) Press and the Critical Ethnic Studies Collective. Kapadia is the recipient of several national fellowships and awards and has served on the executive board of directors of both the Association for Asian American Studies and FIERCE, a member-led community organization working to build the leadership and power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City.

GWS Courses 2013-14

GWS 101 Gender in Everyday Life (Spring 2014)

GWS 204 Gender and Popular Culture (Fall 2013)

GWS 362 Queer Theory (Fall 2013)

GWS 494 Prisons, Policing, and American Warfare (Spring 2014)

*Selected Publications