Linta Varghese

Professor Linta Varghese

Assistant Professor
Ethnic and Race Studies


Office: S-623G

Office Hours: Professor Varghese is on fellowship leave for the 2023-24 academic year.

Phone: +1 (212) 776-7823

Linta Varghese is Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic and Race Studies at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University New York. Her current research investigates the cross-class and solidarity organizing in the US domestic workers movement through the universalization of care. This project continues her work examining domestic work and emerges through her past engagement with South Asian American domestic worker organizing.

Her work has appeared in journals such as Cultural Dynamics, WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Ethnic Studies Review and CUNY Forum, and in edited volumes including The Sun Never Sets: South Asian Migrants in an Age of U.S. Power.

Prior to joining the faculty at BMCC, CUNY, Varghese was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and visiting assistant professor at Vassar College, and adjuncted at Hunter College, Eugene Lang at The New School, and Columbia University. She also co-established the Contingent Faculty Caucus of the Association of Asian American Studies. Since 2020, she has served as the coordinator of the BMCC-Hunter College AANAPISI Bridge Initiative.

Professor Varghese is on fellowship leave during the 23-24 academic year.


South Asian racialization, Asian American New York City, domestic worker organizing, Asian American Studies at Community Colleges


Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, University of Texas in Austin

M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, University of Texas in Austin

B.A. in Asian Studies, University of Texas in Austin

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

South Asian racialization, discourses of care, gendered labor, domestic workers, Asian American New York City, diasporic plant practices and theories of land


Special Issues

2023. co-editor (with Soniya Munshi), “One Century After Thind.” Ethnic Studies Review. 46 (1-2).

2019. co-editor (with Ujju Aggarwal), “Together.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly. 47 (3-4).

2018. co-editor (with Soniya Munshi) “Building Asian American Studies Across the Community College Classroom: A Model.” CUNY Forum: Asian and Asian American Studies, 6 (1): 10-20.

Select Articles

In-progress: The Good Employer: Universalizing Care in the US Domestic Workers’ Movement.

2023 (with Eve Dunbar) “Crafting Connections: Creating Counterspaces to Academic Diversity Labor” Women: A Cultural Review, 34 (4): 453-468.

2023 (with Soniya Munshi) “One Century After Thind: An Introduction” Ethnic Studies Review. 46 (1-2): 3-11.

2019. (with Ujju Aggarwal). “Introduction.” Together, special issue of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, 47 (3-4): 13-24.

2013. “Looking Home: Gender, Work and the Domestic in Theorizations of the South Asian Diaspora.” In South Asian Migrants in an Age of US Power, edited by Vivek Bald et al., 156-175. New York: New York University Press.

2012 (with Saba Waheed and Seema Agnani) Deepening Roots and Creating Space: Building a Better Future for New York’s South Asians, For Chhaya Community Development Corporation, New York City.

2006. “Constructing a Worker Identity: Class, Experience and Organizing in Workers’ Awaaz.” Cultural Dynamics 18(2): 189-211.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

2023 BRESI Research Grant, Andrew Mellon Foundation

2020 – Program Coordinator. BMCC-Hunter College AANAPISI Bridge Initiative, Department of Education Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Minority Serving Institution Grant.

2016-2018 Project Director. “Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom,” National Endowment for the Humanities.

2018 CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.

2015 Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology, Hunter College, CUNY

2009 Co-Director. Gender and Diaspora Workshop, Mellon 23 Grant, Vassar College

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