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Natassja B. Gunasena
Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2471 Office Location: McCook 320
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Trinity College faculty member since 2020 View office hours for Spring 2021
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Univ. of Texas at Austin (2019)
M.A., Univ. of Texas at Austin (2015)
B.A., Minnesota State Univ. (2011)

Natassja B. Gunasena immigrated to the United States as a student in 2007 from Dubai, U.A.E. Originally from Sri Lanka, her desire to theorize racial formation and gender in South Asia through a transnational framework brought her to the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin where she completed her Ph.D. in 2019. Both a creative and scholastic writer, her pedagogy emphasizes expressive and artistic responses, informed by interdisciplinary critical frameworks, to sociopolitical phenomena. She is currently at work on a monograph tentatively titled “Cobra Women: Race, Gender and Bio-Visualities of the Asian South” that explores linkages between visual cultures, race science, sexuality and nation-building in the late 1800s through the mid-to-late 1900s.