prabhdeep is cultural and historical sociologist of race and colonialism. Their research broadly investigates how the history of US segregation and diversity are debated to change cultural boundaries of merit and inclusion in US cultural organizations. Conducting a Du Boisian sociology of the elite, they explore how workers in elite cultural institutions navigate, rationalize, and resist organizational change. Through ethnographic and archival methodologies, along with relevant quantitative methods, they situate developing frameworks of faculty merit and diversity, equity, and inclusion policies as part of a historical process of forming ideas about race and expertise within elite US organizations.
Substantively, prabhdeep's published scholarly record touches on the role of race-conscious admissions, university-community engagement, and the relationship between the sociology of knowledge and the sociology of race. Their ongoing and future research extends these investigations to consider how universities are sites for maintaining structural racism and colonialism, with a focus on university-neighborhood relations (mutual aid and libraries) and desegregating sociology. Their research, in addition to peer-reviewed publications, has produced digital humanities projects (with Dr. Elena Shih), such as AMORStories, which is a digital oral history archive documenting the experiences of Providence organizers and residents who mobilized to create a mutual aid network in the face of the 2020 pandemic and in the absence of robust state support.
A copy of their CV is available here for download (as of 11/2021).