Ethiraj Dattatreyan

I am a joint doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and Department of Anthropology.  My current research in Delhi, India examines how immigrant youth from Nepal, Nigeria, Somalia, and Afghanistan are constructing their claims to what I call aesthetic citizenship within the context of their changing city and a globalizing India through their engagement with popular cultural forms.

Research Interests:

Youth, youth (sub)cultures, migration, urbanity, race, ethnicity, diaspora, notions of the real, authenticity, sincerity and visibility.


Book Chapters

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel, Stageman, Dan (2013).  Stage as Street: Representation at the Juncture of Arts and Justice. In Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Literacy Explorations with Court-Involved Youth. Vasudevan, Lalitha, DeJaynes, Tiffany (Eds).  Pp. 109-135.  New York: Peter Lang Publishers. 


Book Reviews

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel (2013).  Review: The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of visuality.  Nicholas Mirzoeff.  Visual Anthropology Review.  29.1. 


Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel (2012).  Review: Glimpses Into My Own Black Box: An Exercise in Self-Deconstruction. George Stocking Jr. Anthropology in Education Quarterly.  42.4


Peer Reviewed Journals

Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel (2013).  Diasporic Sincerity: Tales of a Returnee Researcher.  Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 


Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel, Singh, Jaspal (Under Review).  Desirous Recognition: Enacting pedagogy, disrupting value.  Current Anthropology. 


Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel (Under Review).  Hard Kaur: Broadcasting the New Desi Woman.  Culture, Communication, and Critique.      


Vasudevan, Lalitha, Stageman, Dan, Rodriguez, Kristine, Fernandez, Eric, Dattatreyan, E. Gabriel (2011).  Authoring New Narratives with Youth at the Intersection of the Arts and Justice.  Urban Education Journal. Vol. 7, Issue 1.