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Bandana Purkayastha Receives 2016 American Sociological Association Contribution to the Field Award

The president elect for the Asia & Asian American section of the American Sociological Association, Jianbin Shiao, presented the 2016 Contribution to the Field Award to AAASI’s core faculty Bandana Purkayastha. This award recognizes professors who have worked to build the fields of Asian and/or Asian American Studies within their institutions and the discipline at large.

ASA Pres. Elect JIANBIN SHIAO at left with BANDANA PURKAYASTHA

On hand to show their support for this prestigious honor were UConn alumni, many of them her former advisees and now current professors in the field. Also in attendance were AAASI colleague Manisha Desai and CLAS Associate Dean Davita Glasberg, both of whom are also fellow Sociology faculty at UConn.

In his remarks, Dr Shiao noted that Bandana Purkayastha’s nomination included letters of support from 23 colleagues, including many of her former advisees who now fill tenure-track faculty lines. He pointed out that Purkayastha has been recognized seven times before, for teaching and mentoring awards from her home department, the University of Connecticut, the State of Connecticut, and the ASA. And while Purkayastha is a prolific scholar, whose work appears in 11 books and over 50 peer reviewed articles

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