Sherally Munshi, LAPA/Perkins Fellow

Immigration, Imperialism, and the Legacies of Indian Exclusion

Mon, 10/26/2015
301 Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with Sherally Munshi, the 2015-2016 LAPA/Perkins Fellow, who will present "Immigration, Imperialism, and the Legacies of Indian Exclusion."  The commentator is   The commentator is Desmond Jagmohan, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics.  

LAPA’s seminar format assumes that seminar participants have familiarized themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.

Sherally Munshi  is the 2015-2016 LAPA/Perkins Fellow.  She joins LAPA after teaching at Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a research fellow.  She has taught courses in law, literature, and American / ethnic studies at Georgetown and Columbia.  Her current research explores the history of Indian immigration to — and exclusion from — the United States in the early twentieth century.  Drawing upon a range of material, including legislative history, reported and unreported case law, political memoir and the life-writing of individual immigrants, her research broadly illuminates the role that immigration law and policy have played in defining the nation-state, its legal institutions, and contemporary social arrangements. Her writing has appeared in the Yale Journal of Law and Humanities,American Journal of Comparative LawThe Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, andHarper's.  Munshi also practiced law for several years at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP in New York City, where she worked on pro bono matters in immigration and family law.  She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and PhD in comparative literature from Columbia University.  

Desmond Jagmohan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics at Princeton University. His work focuses on American political theory and Afro-American political thought. He is also interested in slavery and modern political theory and historical methods for the study of political and social thought.