News Release: Trinity College Professor Publishes Two Critically Acclaimed Books



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 Trinity College Professor Publishes
Two Critically Acclaimed Books

teach1.gif (50363 bytes)HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 16 – Two new books by Trinity College Assistant Professor of International Studies Vijay Prashad are receiving widespread critical acclaim for their perceptive analysis of an oppressed people in India and minority groups in the United States.

Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community (Oxford University Press, 208 pp.) and The Karma of Brown Folk (University of Minnesota Press, 248 pp.) both were published this year by Prashad and "set the standard by which future works on the Asian diaspora must be judged," said Abraham Verghese, author of The Tennis Partner and My Own Country.

"Vijay Prashad has been instrumental in providing valuable insight into the dynamics of the Asian community both here and abroad," said Trinity College Dean of Faculty W. Miller Brown. "Untouchable Freedom and The Karma of Brown Folk are evidence of his extraordinary ability to comprehend two complex fields, Indian colonial history and Asian-American studies, shedding much light on cross-cultural comparisons between disadvantaged groups and the achievements of Martin Luther King, Gandhi and others."

Untouchable Freedom: A Social History of a Dalit Community documents the history of the Balmikis of Delhi, the oppressed community to which Mahatma Ghandi turned in the last years of his life. The book is the first comprehensive study of this community and traces its struggles from the 1860s to the present.

In The Karma of Brown Folk, Prashad explores the image of South Asians as a "model minority," a stereotype he says is consistently used "in the war against Black America." Through personal reflections, historical research, and humor, Prashad analyzes the ways in which the United States’ immigration policy has perpetuated the stereotypes of South Asians as inherently successful and flexible.

Prashad joined the faculty of Trinity College in 1996. He previously had taught at Cornell University and Syracuse University. A native of Calcutta, India, and a former correspondent for New Delhi Television, he has a doctorate from the University of Chicago.

The Chronicle of Higher Education interviews Professor Prashad.

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Media Contact: Andrea Comer, Trinity College Public Relations, (860)- 297-4285, or e-mail to: Andrea.Comer@trincoll.edu