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Anupama Jain

Anupama Jain specializes in cross-sector diversity and inclusion education, with an emphasis on community building, cultural competency, global awareness, and social justice. She earned a PhD in literary and cultural studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, after which Anu spent more than a decade in higher education conducting original research, teaching varied topics, and supporting diversity initiatives.

Her scholarly affiliations have included Union College in upstate New York, Colby College in Maine, and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Her major publication is the book How to Be South Asian in America: Narratives of Ambivalence and Belonging (Temple University Press, 2011), which investigates storytelling and politics, the American Dream, Asian American immigration, gender, and racial economics. Since 2011, Anu has focused on collaborative community organizing and public humanities initiatives in Pittsburgh, partnering with diverse local groups and designing original programming such as Color Me Pgh, Scholars at Large, and 12×12: Connecting Pittsburgh to the World. Expertise areas are organizational self-assessments, policy development, facilitating task forces, promoting team-building, and enabling community partnerships.