Race and ethnicity, South Asian identity, cultural sociology, transnationalism
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sabiha Mohyuddin is a fifth year Ph.D. student at UCSB. She is broadly interested in South Asian American identity, the fractures within South Asian identity, and the sociopolitical context in which South Asian identity is constructed and contested. For her MA research, she examined how 1.5 and 2nd generation Indian Americans negotiate their ethnoracial identities in the present-day context. She highlighted how Indian Americans, through the meanings they imbue in cultural markers, construct symbolic boundaries (Lamont and Molnar 2002) around the categories of American, Indian, and Desi. Furthermore, her MA research demonstrated the role of transnational processes of Hindu nationalism and nationalist notions of Indian identity in shaping these constructions and boundary formations.