Sunita Mukhi

PHD '97

Sunita Mukhi

Sunita S. Mukhi is a cultural producer, theater/performance artist, and an interdisciplinary performance scholar. She is currently the Associate Dean for the Arts and Culture Cluster, School of Design and Arts at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Manila, Philippines overseeing the departments and directing academic & artistic projects of Arts Management, Dance, Design Foundation, Music Production, Production Design and Theater Arts. She is a co-host for the web show “Principals of Principles” as part of the series Thinking Man’s Classroom. She was the pioneering Director of the Charles B. Wang Center’s Asian/American Programming at the State University of New York in Stony Brook for 10 years and Program Coordinator at the Asia Society in New York 6 years prior. In these cultural institutions, she produced over 600 innovative programs promoting a multi-faceted, intellectually sound and humane understanding of Asianness. Also for Stony Brook University’s Asian and Asian American Studies Department she developed and taught courses on Performance, Cinema, and the South Asian Diaspora. Her book entitled Doing the Desi Thing: Performing Indianness in New York City published in 2000 by Taylor and Francis is based on her dissertation for her doctorate in Performance Studies from New York University. Her poems have also appeared in Contours of the Heart and Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian and in a blog exchange entitled Both Beautiful. She has performed, directed and choreographed in university, community, and professional theatrical, television and film productions in Manila, United States, Mexico and Singapore. She is dreaming and scheming other grand endeavors that explore themes of the Asian mythic, female empowerment, and redemption through the arts as an academic, university administrator, and performance practitioner. 

Education

New York University

PHD - PERFORMANCE STUDIES

New York, New York

 

San Francisco State University

MASTER OF ARTS - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

San Francisco, California

 

De La Salle University

BACHELOR OF ARTS - SOCIOLOGY/ANTHROPOLOGY, AND LITERATURE

Manila, Philippines

Publications

• Forum: What did September 11th do to the concept of “Asian America”?, The Asian American Literary Review

• ENGAGING ASIAN AMERICA: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Both Beautiful

• Author. Doing the Desi ThingPerforming Indianness in New York City
Garland/Routeledge/Taylor & Francis Publishing, 2000.

• AUTHOR, To Sing, To Dance, To Live in NYC, Cinevue, Asian Cinevision, NYC

• Co-AUTHOR, Asian America: Challenges and Opportunities, Asia Society, NYC

•  CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR. “Hair” in Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian. Arsenal Pulp Press, Toronto

• AUTHOR, “Notes for A Peck on the Cheek”, Cinevue, Asian Cinevision, NYC

• AUTHOR.  “Underneath my Blouse Beats my Indian Heart”in A Patchwork Shawl:  Chronicles of South Asian Women in the United State. ed.by S. DasGupta.  Rutgers University Press.

• AUTHOR.  “Flushing Meadows Park” in Contours of the Heart:  South Asians Map North America. ed. Sunaina Maira.  Asian AmericanWriter’s Workshop Press.