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Nayan Shah  

Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at University of Southern California, Award-Winning Author

Nayan Shah is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California. He received his doctoral degree in history at the University of Chicago and previously worked as a professor of history at University of California, San Diego and Binghamton University. Shah's research examines historical struggles over bodies, space and the exercise of state power from the mid- 19th to the 21st century. His scholarship has contributed to studies of race, sexuality and gender and to the history of migration, health, law and governance.

Shah is the author of two award-winning books - "Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West" and "Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown." Shah is the former co-editor of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Duke University Press). Shah is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, van Humboldt Foundation and Freeman Foundation.


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