Vineeta Singh, Ph.D.- Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Harris Hall-Fifth Floor
Vineeta Singh joined the Interdisciplinary Studies Program and the VCU community in Fall 2021. She has previously taught at the University of Maryland College Park, the College of William & Mary, and the University of California in Santa Barbara and San Diego. She completed her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2018 with a dissertation historicizing contemporary conversations around 'diversity, equity, and inclusion' in higher ed by placing today’s controversies and confrontations in the context of 400 years of U.S. racial democracy.
Her research and writing is grounded in an interdisciplinary training emphasizing historical, cultural studies, human geography, and ethnographic methods. They lead her to understand the university not only as an institution, but also as an archive, a site of production and reproduction, and as a set of relationships. These understandings inform her teaching praxis, where she brings the lens of critical and abolitionist university studies to help students move from the critical phase of identifying how U.S. academic life reproduces racialized and gendered power dynamics to the practical phase of enacting alternative models in their own praxis as thoughtful scholars and community builders.