Bio



Sujatha Fernandes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. During 2013-2014, she is Acting Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Her research has focused on the politics of everyday culture, from film discussion groups, rap music, and performance art in her first book Cuba Represent! to community media, murals, and popular fiestas in her second book on Venezuela, Who Can Stop the Drums? Through her work she has developed an ethnographic approach as a way of understanding urban politics and culture. Her third book, Close to the Edge explores whether the musical subculture of hip hop could create and sustain new global solidarities. Her current book project is entitled, "Mobilizing Stories: The Contemporary Uses of Storytelling." It traces the use of storytelling by states, NGOs, and social movements in a range of global contexts, including immigrant worker social movements in New York City.

Fernandes has written about global forms of black popular culture, hip hop, and social movements in both academic journals and popular forums, including The New York Times, The Nation, The Huffington Post, American Prospect, and Colorlines. Her work has been reprinted in several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and Chinese, and she has a translation forthcoming in Italian.

She has been awarded several distinguished fellowships, including a three year Wilson-Cotsen Fellowship from the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University; a Mellon Foundation fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center; a Mid-Career Mellon Fellowship at the CUNY Graduate Center; a Mellon Dissertation fellowship; and an SSRC Dissertation Arts fellowship. In 2008, she was awarded the Felix Gross Award from the CUNY Academy for Arts and Sciences in recognition of outstanding research. In Spring 2014, she will hold a Distinguished CUNY Fellowship at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Fernandes has appeared widely in the media, including MSNBC, NPR, NY1, American Public Radio, BBC, ABC Australia, Radio Nation on Air America, the Michael Eric Dyson Show, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, Worldfocus with Martin Savidge, Columbia News Tonight, WBAI, WNYC, KALW's Your Call, KPFA with Davey D, KERA's Think, and Against the Grain on KPFA. She has appeared on international news stations such as Russia Today TV and Spanish-language NTN24. She has been featured in New York's Daily News and was the subject of a radio documentary on ABC Australia. Her work has been cited in the New York Times, LA Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera English, and CBS News. She has lectured widely at many universities, museums, film festivals, music festivals, and conferences.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia to Indian parents, Fernandes now lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Contact Sujatha Fernandes on sujathaf@yahoo.com