Preeti Sharma was raised in South Florida to Indian immigrants. She is a doctoral student in Women’s Studies and holds an M.A. degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA and a B.A. degree in Women’s Studies from UF. Her dissertation focuses on emotional labor in South Asian threading salons in Los Angeles in the context of growing service economies within a neoliberal economy. Her research interests span gendered and emotional labor, worker centers and immigrant community-based organizations, immigration enforcement policies, women of color feminisms, and South Asian diasporas.
Previously, Preeti worked at South Asian Network (SAN) as the Communications Associate as well as the Tenants’ and Youth Advocate. At SAN, she helped sustain a regular Koreatown Resident’s Committee and facilitated the Koreatown Youth Group’s production of Status Pending, a video essay on post-9/11 citizenship and belonging. She also helped produce a 60-second PSA on violence prevention, called Bedtime Stories with SAN’s survivor support group. Her short films $40 on Pump 9: Desis in the Gas Station Business and Raising Eyebrows screened at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. She has also lectured, “Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Media,” at CSULB's Women's Studies Department. Her M.A. thesis on “The (T)errors of Visibility: South Asian and Arab American Women’s Resistance Art” earned her an Institute of American Cultures Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Languages: Conversational Hindi and Spanish