LD_1113_SMishra_0049bVisiting Assistant Professor

Sangay Mishra specializes in immigrant political incorporation, global immigration, and  racial and ethnic politics. Before joining Drew University in 2013, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Lehigh University, PA. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He served as the co-chair of Asian and Pacific American Caucus of the American Political Science Association from 2014-2016 and is currently a member of Committee on the Status of Asian Pacific Americans of the Western Political Science Association.

He teaches courses in American Politics and Political Theory including Race and Politics; Immigration; Cultural Diversity and the Law; Muslims and the West; Latino Politics and Citizenship.

His book, titled Desis Divided: The Political Lives of South Asian Americans was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2016.

Focusing on Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi American communities, the book analyzes features such as class, religion, nation of origin, language, caste, gender, and sexuality in mobilization and shows how these internal characteristics lead to multiple paths of political inclusion, defying a unified group experience.

Read “An Indian immigrant is murdered in Kansas. It’s part of a spike in hate crimes against South Asians.” Washington Post/Monkey Cage, March 7, 2017.

Watch podcast on New Books Network; interview on KPFA by Sonali Kolhatkar; Read Excerpt and Review on the Aerogram.

Book Events

March 3, 2016: Yale

Oct 7, 2016: NYU

Oct 27, 2016: Rutgers, New Brunswick

Feb 6, 2017: UCLA

March 30, 2017: Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison


His current research project focuses on the emerging patterns of interaction between Muslim communities and the law enforcement agencies in the post-9/11 period. Another project is concerned with the transnational engagements of the Indian American diaspora.

Research Interests

Immigrant Political Incorporation, Racial and Religious Profiling, Transnationalism and Diaspora, Global Migration, Comparative Immigration Policy

Selected Publications

  • “Race, Religion, and Political Mobilization: South Asians in the Post-9/11 U.S.” 2013. Studies in  Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol.13 (2).
  • “Rights at Risk: South Asians in the Post-9/11 United States.” 2011. AAPI Nexus: Asian American and Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice, and Community Vol. 9(1).
  • “Race, Religion, and Discrimination: South Asian Immigrants in the Post-9/11 U.S.” 2012.In Faith and Race in American Political Life, Robin Jacobson and Nancy Wadsworth (eds.). Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.
  • “Transnationalism and Nationalistic Discourses: Indian Immigrants in the United States.” 2009. In The Transnational Politics of Asian Americans, Pei-te Lien and Christian Collet (eds.). Philadelphia: Temple University Press.