Nandini is an Associate Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies (link to program at Lafayette College, a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania. She regularly teaches courses in film theory and production such as Introduction to Film and Media Studies, Making Media I and II, Women Make Movies/Movies Make Women, Poetics and Politics of Film, World Cinema and Documentary Theory and Production and The Spectre of Race. She also co-taught Dancing Cultures: Embodying Performance with Professor Carrie Rohman.

Prior to this appointment she has taught at Swarthmore College, Hunter College, CUNY and Hofstra University as a visiting assistant professor. She received her PhD in Anthropology from The Graduate Center, CUNY in 2010. She is the author of Grounded Stances and Languid Bodies: The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance, Berghahn Books, (2016)  an ethnography on how Odissi  has transformed from a ritual in a sacralized space to a transnational performance in the public sphere. For more information:

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Her latest book project is Visualizing the Thug(gee): A History of Colonialism, Race and Criminality