Sharan Kaur Mehta

Sharan Kaur Mehta

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of New Mexico

About Me

Sharan Kaur Mehta (she/her/hers) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology & Criminology and the Institute for the Study on “Race” and Social Justice at the University of New Mexico. Her research advances diverse questions about social boundaries and inequalities through an intersectional and global lens with a focus on racial and (pan)ethnic formations, identity negotiations, and collective action among Asians and Asian Americans. Her work aims to make visible the lived and material impacts of racism on minoritized communities, structural mechanisms that (re)produce systemic inequalities, and how community members forge pathways for resistance.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow, Sharan is working with Dr. Nancy López on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored project entitled, “Employing an Intersectionality Framework in Revising Office of Management and Budget Standards for Collecting Administrative Race and Ethnicity Data”. In addition, her first book project centers South Asians in Texas and explores (1) how religiously diverse South Asians (with a focus on Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus) perceive and negotiate their racial place in the US, (2) racialized boundaries within Asian America and the nexus between anti-Asian racism and Islamophobia, and (3) the challenges and opportunities of building solidarity within and beyond South Asian communities.

Research Interests
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Racism
  • Racialization
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Intersectionality
  • Asians and Asian Americans
  • Identity
  • Collective Action
  • PhD Candidate in Sociology, 2016 - 2023

    Rice University

  • Master of Arts in Sociology, 2019

    Rice University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, 2012

    Bryn Mawr College


  • University of New Mexico
    Department of Sociology & Criminology
    MSC05 3080
    1915 Roma NE Ste. 1103, Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • @soci_kaur