radha modi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Sociology from University of Pennsylvania
B.A. in Sociology with Honors & B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University

Research and Teaching Interests

Radha Modi, a Global Asian Studies (GLAS) postdoctoral research fellow, received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research investigates the role of skin color in the racialization of second generation South Asians in the U.S. Through 120 in-depth interviews and supplemental ethnographic observations, the study complicates the current understanding of the relationship between status attainment, racial/ethnic identity construction, and immigration in the post-9/11 era. South Asians continue to experience racial discrimination due to their skin color despite their "model minority" association. The broader impact of this study will illuminate the racialized lives of Asian Americans others in the racial middle who have largely been invisible in conversations of race and immigration in the U.S. In addition to research, Prof. Modi works with national South Asian organizations such as South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), and Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN) in areas of research, policy, organizing, and fundraising. Professor Modi's research and service interests extends to teaching. She is currently teaching and mentoring students in the GLAS Program through the UIC AANAPISI Initiative. 
Professor Modi is teaching the new GLAS Sucess Seminar for incoming first-year students and GLAS 250: Critical Studies in Community Engagement, which is a pre-requisite for off-campus internships with community-based organizations.


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Contact Information

Email: rmodi@uic.edu