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Sriya Shrestha

School of Humanities & Communication

Contact information

(831) 582-2202

Building & room

Gavilan Hall

Office hours

Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-12pm, CAHSS 2120


Sriya received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She received an MA in liberal studies at the University of Michigan- Dearborn where she worked with the first Center for Arab American Studies and the Center for Automotive Heritage. Sriya teaches courses on US and American history and culture with a focus on race formation and gender. She also works with the Monterey Community Education Project that engages the wider public in critical theory relevant to questions of social transformation. This includes co-organizing the Popular Education Project that utilizes Freirian pedagogy to address social justice issues in the community. Sriya's research traces global shifts in the economy through everyday life particularly consumer goods, sites, and practices. Her current project focuses on the growing significance of formerly peripheral markets across the global north and south. She examines both the ideological and political-economic function of these forms of capitalist expansion. Her work on the history and expansion of dollar stores and the global skin-lightening industry has been published in "Social Identities" and "International Journal of Cultural Studies."