Meeta Rani  Jha

Meeta Rani Jha

Adjunct Professor

Meeta Rani Jha earned her M.A. in Feminist Cultural Studies and Ph.D. in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London.Her current research focuses on race, gender and sexual relations in transnational popular cultural practices of South Asian diasporic communities. She is a Scholar-in-residence at Beatrice Bain Research Group (in the Gender and Women's Studies department) at the University of California, Berkeley. In her research, she compares the formation of diasporic femininities in two different national contexts (the USA and the UK) in terms of 'race blindness' and 'race emphases' in cultural practices and consumption of Indian (Bollywood) cinema. Previously, at Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University, she was a research fellow in a project funded by ESRC and TUC, researching the relationship of black (African-Caribbean, Indian and Kurdish) workers and trade unions in different London boroughs. In particular, she explored the history of British Indian workers by researching the history of anti-racist and feminist community mobilisations in West London.

She currently teaches Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity at University of San Francisco and Ethnic studies at San Francisco State University. She has taught race and racism, introduction to sociology, social psychology, cultural geography, childhood studies and urban theory in the Sociology Department at California State University Bakersfield. She has also taught youth cultures, 'race, media and identity' and 'globalisation in British context' focusing on cultural theory, feminism, media and moral panics, multiculturalism, at a number of London Universities (University of Westminster, University of East London and London School of Economics). Before entering academia, she was a community organizer. As a Black Rights Worker at a community Law centre (Salford Law centre in Greater Manchester), she worked on issues of race and gender justice, low pay, homeworking, and domestic violence. She is a trained domestic violence counsellor and she has been active in South Asian women's domestic violence movement. In San Francisco, she worked as the resource coordinator/community organiser for Bernal Heights Neighbourhood Centre to build community involvement and a safety network in immigrant and low-income communities. For additional information on her research, please see