Name: Manju Parikh
Department: Political Science
Academic background: BA, American University of Beirut; MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University; PhD, University of Chicago
Research interests: India-Pakistan peace process; efforts to increase Indian women's representation in the national and state legislatures; Asian immigrants and refugees in the U.S.
Asian Studies courses taught: Asian Politics; Politics of Diversity: New Refugees and Immigrants in Minnesota
What first interested you about Asia? I am from India, and came to the University of Chicago for my PhD. While studying in the United States, I discovered many cultural traits that I shared with other Asian communities. I loved trying out food from other Asian communities, and visited Asian grocery stores and restaurants to learn about their culinary preparations. Over time, as I worked and lived in the U.S., I have made many friends with other Asian Americans and have become interested in the history of Asian American migration. I also received a grant from Asian Studies (2001) to design a course on this topic, but have not had the opportunity to teach it yet. I may teach it as an FYS in the future.
What are your hobbies? Reading fiction; traveling; cooking; hiking; visiting parks
Favorite Asian cuisine or dish: Curry Laksa from Malaysia
Anything else you'd like to share? I was fortunate to get an opportunity to travel to Japan and lead the CSB/SJU study abroad program in Fall 2011. It was an amazing experience, and I would like to encourage more students to participate in this program in the future.