Karin Shankar

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Assistant Professor Humanities & Media Studies kshankar@pratt.edu 718.636.3790 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

Current Course Listing (8)

20/FA-HMS-360D-01 Introduction to Performance Studies

21/SP-HMS-430S-01 Special Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory

20/FA-HMS-431S-04 Special Topics in Cultural Studies

20/FA-HMS-631S-04 Special Topics in Cultural Studies

21/SP-HMS-663A-01 Postcoloniality and Aesthetics

21/SP-PPS-549A-01 Workshop W/Visiting Artist-In-Residence -Residence

20/FA-PPS-649S-01 Special Topics :Workshop with Visting Artist-In-Residence

21/SP-PPS-660S-01 Special Topics in Performance Studies


Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Performance Studies, 2016


Karin Shankar received her PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. As a researcher, writer, performer, and educator, her interests include performance studies in/from the Global South, political economies of culture, urban studies, transnational feminist theory, critical race theory, South Asian visual culture and performance and public art and social practice. She is the co-editor (with Kirsten Larson) of P[art]icipatory Urbanisms, a two-part publication featuring a compilation of interviews with urban practitioners in Sao Paulo and New Delhi and a critical anthology of essays examining the triangulation of urban participation, aesthetics, and politics. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Women & Performance: a Journal of Feminist Theory, TDR, Feminist Teacher, Art India, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation, "Molecular Aesthetics: Contemporary Art and Performance in New Delhi." Prior to joining the faculty in the Performance and Performance Studies program at Pratt, Karin was the Andrew W. Mellon Global Postdoctoral fellow at Creative Time. Karin also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Cornell University .