prabhdeep's research explores how processes of producing knowledge around inequality maintain racism and colonialism at cultural institutions, such as universities, libraries, and archives, since the Civil War. Their work focuses on workers at cultural and historic institutions and how these workers use merit as a discourse within elite spaces to navigate, rationalize, and resist organizational change.
Their dissertation is a four-sited institutional ethnography of how faculty members at elite universities define and use merit in hiring processes while also pressured to adopt practices that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in hiring and promotion. prabhdeep's historical analyses place faculty members' contemporary defenses of meritocratic evaluative systems within the professoriate's historical context of maintaining and dismantling racial segregation.
A copy of their CV is available here for download (as of 09/2021).