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Dipa Basu, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies

Dipa Basu

    With Pitzer Since: 1995
    Field Group: Sociology/Africana Studies
    Campus Address: Broad Center 215
    Phone: 909.607.2833
    Campus email:

    Ph.D, Manchester University, Manchester Business School
    B.S., University of London, Chelsea College

Research Interests:

African and Asian diasporic issues; consumption; economics and changing consumption patterns; ethnicity, gender, and race in popular culture; film and media representation; globalization; hip hop; service learning and study abroad; urban policies

Recent Courses

Transatlantic Black/Asian Film, Literature and Sociology (SOC3)

Class, Caste, and Colonialism in Film and Documentaries (SOC51)

Literacy of Self and Society: From Hip Hop to Meditation (SOC88)

Race, Place and Space (SOC124)

Urban Life in L.A. (SOC136)

Transatlantic Africana and South Asian Experiences (SOC142)

Selected Publications:

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Gendered Entrepreneurship and British South Asian Women in the Culture Industries,” Revue europĂ©enne des migrations internationals, vol. 25 (2009). With Pnina Werbner.

The Vinyl Ain't Final: Hip Hop and the Globalization of Black Popular Culture. London: Pluto, 2006. Co-edited with Sidney J. Lemelle.

“Sociology and the Color Line,” in Peter Ratcliffe, ed., The Politics of Social Science Research: Race, Ethnicity, and Social Change. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

Lecture on globalization of hip-hop, Cecil College, Milburn Stone Theater, North East, MD, April 15, 2009.

"Visual Sociology: A study of Privilege, Identity and the Social Construction of Race, Class and Gender in Kalimpong, India," paper presented at the Festival of Scholarship Conference, Western Washington University, April 2008. With Brittany Davilla*. (Names of undergraduate students are indicated by an *).

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