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Nitasha Sharma

Associate Professor, African American Studies & Asian American Studies, Northwestern University
Dr. Nitasha Tamar Sharma’s academic activities are based on an interdisciplinary, comparative and ethnographic approach to the study of difference, inequality and racism. The central goal of her teaching, research and writing is to develop models for multiracial alliance building by zeroing in on cultural phenomena that unearth and challenge the factors that structure contentious race relations. Sharma is currently writing her second book *Hidden Hapas: Multiracial Blacks and Blackness in Hawai'i*. Her first book *Hip Hop Desis: South Asian Americans, Blackness and a Global Race Consciousness* analyzes how second generation members of an upwardly mobile and middle-class immigrant group use hip hop to develop racial—and not just ethnic—identities.