Monisha Das Gupta is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is the author of Unruly Immigrants: Rights, Activism, and Transnational South Asian Politics in the United States (Duke University Press, 2006). The book won awards from the Association of Asian American Studies, and the Asia and Asian America section of the American Sociological Association.
Her articles and book chapters focus on immigrant rights, the South Asian diaspora, and transnational feminism. Among these publication is a study conducted with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance in the edited volume, Wounded City: The Social Impact of 9/11 (Russell Sage Books, 2005), on the impact of 9/11 on Yellow Cab drivers. Dr. Das Gupta is currently researching the contemporary immigrant-rights movement, deportation policies and resistance against them, and the newcomer Mexican residents of Hawaiʻi.
Dr. Das Gupta got her PhD in sociology from Brandeis University, and a BSc in geography from Calcutta University.
The Mexican-origin community in Hawaiʻi, which represents a small but growing population in this multi-ethnic state, has different outcomes than Mexican immigrants and U.S. citizens of Mexican ancestry who live in the continental U.S. Its Mexican-origin residents have higher employment, reduced poverty, more English proficiency, and lower incidences of unauthorized status than their counterparts on the U.S. continent.