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Shilpa Davé

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
268 Monroe Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., University of Michigan
PhD., University of Michigan

Shilpa Davé is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and American Studies at the University of Virginia and an Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Science working with Bonnycastle, Hancock, and Lile-Maupin Associations.

Shilpa Davé is the author of Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film(University of Illinois Press Feb 2013) and is the co-editor of the collection East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture (NYU Press 2005). She earned her Bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her  M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She came to the University of Virginia from the department of American Studies at Brandeis University and she has held faculty positions at Cornell University, Wesleyan University, and UW-Madison and been a director and assistant dean of the Multicultural Resource Center at Oberlin College.  

Professor Davé researches and teaches about representations of race and gender in media and popular culture, American cultural narratives of immigration and border crossings, comparative American studies including Asian American and South Asian American Studies, and film, television, and literary studies. She has published on topics ranging from teaching Asian American Studies to “No Life Without Wife: Masculinity and Modern Arranged Meetings for Indian Americans” to “Apu's Brown Voice: Cultural Inflection and South Asian Accents,” the comic series Spider-Man India, and on Model Minorities and the Spelling Bee. 

MDST 150: Special Topics in Media Studies
Special Topics in Media Studies.
EGMT 1530: Engaging Differences
Credits: 2
In this class, students will learn to critically reflect on one's own situation and perspective in relations to one's expanding knowledge of other human experiences, seeking to cultivate a framework for informed reflection on human diversity and social complexity while developing empathy as a foundation for democratic citizenship.
USEM 1580: University Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Consult the University Seminars web page at (copy and paste Web address into browser) for specific descriptions.
MDST 3407: Racial Borders & American Cinema
Credits: 3
The history of American cinema is inextricably and controversially tied to the racial politics of the U.S. This course will explore how images of racial and ethnic minorities such as African Americans, Jews, Asians, Native Americans and Latino/as are reflected on screen and the ways that minorities in the entertainment industry have responded to often limiting representations. Prerequisite: MDST Major
AMST 3500: Topics in American Studies
Credits: 3
Topics vary according to instructor.
MDST 3505: Special Topics in Diversity and Identity in Media
Credits: 3
This course will offer historical, comparative, and critical perspectives on issues of diversity and identity in media studies. Topics may include the relationship between media and underrepresented groups, media use in identity construction, masculinity and feminine role models in media, media power, etc. Prerequisite: MDST Major and Minors or Instructor Permission
AMST 3559: New Course in American Studies
Credits: 1–4
New Course in the subject of American Studies
MDST 3559: New Course in Media Studies
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in the subject of Media Studies.
MDST 4010: Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing or Research Project
Credits: 3
Writing of a thesis or production or a project with appropriately researched documentation, under the supervision of the faculty DMP thesis readers or project supervisor.