Aparna Parikh

Postdoctoral Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon

My research lies at the intersection of feminist and urban geography. I focus on gendered dimensions of urban belonging in South Asia in relation to globalization, nationalism, and environmental change to offer grounded interpretations of contemporary development projects in South Asia. My dissertation project investigates how night-time labor in transnational call centers has reconfigured socio-spatial dynamics in Mumbai. Based on qualitative field work on streets and in fishing villages surrounding Mumbai's call centers, I demonstrate the complex strategies that people on the margins of these development projects put into place as they also, and often in spite of these big projects, remake the urban spaces that they inhabit. Such processes are inherently multi-scalar and require a bridging of the global and the intimate in everyday life.

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  • 2018. PhD in Geography and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2013. Master's in Architecture (M.Arch.), Pennsylvania State University
  • 2010. Bachelor's in Architecture (B.Arch.), Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture, Mumbai University

Selected Publications

  • Parikh, A. & Miller, C. (2019). Holy cow! Beef ban, political technologies, and curtailed citizenship in Modi's India. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

    Parikh, A. (2019). Liminality of women's leisure in Mumbai, India. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2399654419859358.

    Parikh, A. (2019). Inroads for the outsourced: Call-center graveyard shifts and the impact of women on the nocturnal streets of Mumbai, India. Suffragette City. Routledge, 198-215.

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