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Meenasarani Murugan

Meenasarani Murugan


Joseph A. Martino Hall, Room 711


PhD, Screen Cultures, Northwestern University
MA, Cinema Studies, New York University
BA, Film Studies, Wesleyan University

Biography and Research Interests

Meenasarani Linde Murugan is a film and television scholar, who specializes in the history and theory of race, visuality, and media. Largely, her work puts US popular culture in a transnational context. Her research interests include gender, popular music, historiography, fashion, and diaspora.

Selected Publications

Gender and Race in Postwar Variety Television: Colorful Performance (Routledge, under contract).

“Electronic Salome: Dance, Variety, and Performing Black Modernism,” Special issue on “The Broadcasting of the Arts during the Black and White Era,” Écranosphère (forthcoming), ed. Marta Boni, and Stéfany Boisvert.

“From Son of India to Teen King: Sajid Khan and Transnational Stardom,” Indian Film Stars (London: British Film Institute, 2017), ed. Michael Lawrence.

“Maidenform: The Temporality of Fashion, Femininity, and Feminism in Mad Men,” Analyzing Mad Men: Critical Essays on the Series (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011), ed. Scott F. Stoddart.

Courses Taught

Understanding Television
Television Theory and Criticism
Gender, Race, Class and Television
Global Television