Postdoctoral Associate Athia N. Choudhury
Athia N. Choudhury is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California. She is a recipient of the Wallis Annenberg Endowed Fellowship (2014-2019) and earned a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Broadly, Athia specialized in Asian American/Third World Feminisms and Postcolonial Theory with an emphasis on militarized food cultures and disability and fat politics. Her current project turns to the obscured relationship between modern conceptions of “health” in the U.S. and legacies of empire and militarism in eating cultures across Asia, North America, and the Pacific. She offers a critical framework to make sense of the recursive ways women and minoritized subjects coalesce around the science of life (more generally known as wellness culture)—as objects of study, dysfunctional figures, agitators, and collaborators. She has taught courses on race, gender, sexuality, and the body at both the University of Southern California and Pomona College. Her writing is published or forthcoming in the Journal of Transnational American Studies, Disability Studies Quarterly, The Fat Studies International Handbook, and translated into German in Fat Studies: Doing, Being, Becoming Fat. Athia is a dedicated plant mom, Boba tea enthusiast, and unapologetic Gemini.