Dr. Ritu Khanduri
Specialization: Cultural Anthropology, Science, Media, India
Home institution in US: University of Texas, Arlington
Host Institution in India: Jawaharlal Nehru University/Delhi Technical University, New Delhi     
Start date/Month in India: July 2013/Summer of 2014
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Ritu G. Khanduri is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Texas, Arlington. She obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin and her M.A. in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research focuses on globalization processes in the contexts of colonial and contemporary India and the Indian Diaspora in the U.S. Dr. Khanduri’s recent and ongoing publications engage three specific thematic strands: media, Gandhi, and science, technology and society. Aided by the Wenner Gren Foundation’s Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010-11), she has recently completed her first book manuscript, “Caricaturing Culture: Cartoons and History in Modern India.” Khanduri’s current research on women engineers in India and the U.S. explores issues of gender, science and modern professionals. Her column, “J Drive,” is published in the American Anthropological Association’s monthly, Anthropology News Online.

Dr. Khanduri’s Fulbright project, “Engineering Success: Women, Wellness and the Making of a Scientific Workforce in India and the U.S.,” will examine the gendered dimension of Science Technology Engineering and Medical (STEM) professions as a starting point to conduct a comparative study of women engineers in contemporary India and the U.S. science professionals and social science scholars have long recognized that globally a gender stereotype exists about science education. This stereotype has resulted in the proportion of men far outnumbering women practitioners in STEM professions. Dr. Khanduri’s research in India will be a component of the book that she intends to write about the subject of women in STEM fields.