Hussein Rashid is the founder of islamicate, L3C- a consultancy focused on religious liberty and cultural competency. He is an expert on Shi’i justice theology, South and Central Asian studies and Muslim and American popular culture. Rashid has taught at several universities including Fordham University and Virginia Theological Seminary. He is currently a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. Rashid is also working with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as a content expert on the exhibit “America to Zanzibar”. He has contributed his expertise to many news outlets including NPR and can be heard in this Weekend Edition Sunday story “Deep In the Heart of Texas, Muslim Music Blossom”.
Founder of islamicate, L3C
Areas of expertise: Shi’i Justice Theology, South and Central Asian Studies, Muslim and American Popular Culture
Vamsee Juluri is a professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies at the University of San Francisco. His research interests include the expansion of media audiences, particularly as it relates to Indian cinema, mythology and Ghandian philosophy. He is the author of four books on the subjects of Hinduism, Indian identity and the Indian entertainment industry. His commentary has been featured in BBC World Service, Al Jazeera Televeision and India-Abroad.
One of Juluri’s most recent books is Rearming Hinduism: Nature, Hinduphobia and the Return of Indian Intelligence. It has been referred to as a “handbook for intellectual resistance” and aims to critique society’s views of the culture and practice of Hindusim.
Professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies, University of San Francisco
Location: San Francscio, CA
Areas of Expertise: Hinduism, Asian cinema, cultural politics, Ghandism, media violence, media representation Contact Information: E-mail: email@example.com Phone: (510) 387-6518 Twitter: @VamseeJuluri
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya is an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar who focuses on South Asian popular music and film in India, as well as in the South Asian diaspora. She currently teaches interdisciplinary courses on the humanities, Asian Studies, music, and film at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She has been researching how respective communities use music to define their identities, and how the meaning of that music changes as it travels one location to another since she began her doctoral research in 1999. Her research has focused on topics including the transnational career of the early 20th century dancer Uday Shankar in the United States and Europe, British popular musicians of South Asian descent in London during the mid 1990s through early 2000s, and Hindi film music sequences’ role in popular Hindi films. She is particularly interested in how the song sequence— once the distinctive marker of an Indian popular film— is evolving to respond to developments in the film and music industries, as well as changing tastes.
Her publications appear in the journals Asian Music, South Asian History and Culture, andSouth Asian Popular Culture, and the books Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Music and Dance, and South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century.
Most recently, she has been working closely with other scholars who focus on the South Asian diaspora in the United States as a member and current co-chair of the Academic Council of the South Asian American Digital Archive <https://www.saadigitalarchive.org/>, which aims to raise awareness about South Asian American history by preserving historical documents and making them available to the public.
Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University
Areas of Expertise: Ethnomusicology, South Asian popular music, Music and migration, South Asian popular culture, South Asian popular culture in the diaspora, South Asian American history, South Asian immigration