Lata Murti

Faculty Advisor: Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Jane Iwamura Status: Alumna

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Biographical Sketch

Lata Murti is currently writing her dissertation, on the racial formation of first and second-generation Indian immigrant doctors in Southern California, with the financial support of a John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2006-2007), and a USC College Merit Fellowship (2007-2008). She received her M.A. degree in 2007, in American Studies & Ethnicity, from USC. Her B.A. degrees, completed in 1998, are from the University of Kansas, where she double majored in Humanities and Spanish and received departmental honors in both. Her experiences as a South Asian American Spanish teacher and bilingual journalist have fueled her research interests in the experiences of South Asian American Angelenos. In 2006, she published an article in GLOBALIZATIONS on South Indian Hindu immigrant widows in Southern California: At Both Ends of Care: South Indian Hindu Widows Living with Daughters and Daughters-in-Law in Southern California.


  • B.A. Univ Kansas, 12/1998
  • M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 08/2007

Conference Presentations

  • 104th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, 8/2009
  • 80th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, 4/2009
  • 2009 Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, 4/2009
  • 79th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, 4/2008
  • Creating a Community of Scholarship on Asian Pacific American Issues: A Graduate Student Conference, 4/2008
  • Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program Symposium 2004: Gender and Transnational Care Work, 10/2004
  • Crossing Borders, Shaping Identities: Citizenship, Social Justice, and the Crossroads of Culture, 3/2004
  • 45th Annual Midwest Modern Language Association , 11/2003
  • Crossing Borders, Shaping Identities: New Directions in Ethnic Studies, 3/2003
  • 18th Annual University of Southern California Association of English Graduate Students Conference: Contamination: Sites of Contagion, Transgression and Transformation, 2/2003


  • Journal Article
    Murti, L. Without the White Coat: The Gendered Occupational Citizenship of Southern California’s Indian Immigrant Doctors.
    Murti, L. (2006). At Both Ends of Care: South Indian Hindu Widows Living with Daughters and Daughters-in-Law in Southern California. Globalizations. Vol. 3, pp. 349-365.

Honors and Awards

  • National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) Exemplary Diversity Scholar Citation, 2009-  
  • Summer Diversity Enhancement Placement Assistance Award, 2009  
  • College Merit Fellowship, 2007-2008  
  • John Randolph and Dora Haynes Dissertation Fellowship, 2006-2007  
  • Oakley Fellowship, 2002-2003  



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534