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Pravina Shukla

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Name  Pravina Shukla

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Books  Costume: Performing Identities Through Dress
Education  University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles

Pravina Shukla is an associate professor of folklore at Indiana University Bloomington and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Anthropology Department, the India Studies Program, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design. She is also a consulting curator at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.


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Academic career

Shukla received her B.A. in Anthropology in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley, her M.A. in Folklore and Mythology in 1994 from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology in 1998 from the University of California, Los Angeles with a minor in Art History.

In 2000, she began her employment at Indiana University, Bloomington as an assistant professor of folklore; in 2006 she became an associate professor.

Her research interests include folk art, material culture, body art, dress, costume, museum studies, foodways, India, and Brazil.

Book publications

Her first book, The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India, was published in 2008 and discusses the everyday and special occasion dress of women in Banaras (Varanasi), India. For this book, the Costume Society of America has awarded her the 2009 Millia Davenport Publication Award, which is awarded to published works that make a significant contribution to the study of costume using appropriate methodology, original thought, and exceptional creativity. The book was also recognized by the Asian Studies Association with the Anada Coomaraswamy Prize, which recognizes the best book written about India in English for 2010. Shukla has been invited to several institutions in the United States and abroad to give lectures on her book.

She is currently working on a second book, focusing on costume and she co-edited a collection titled The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011).

Personal life

Shukla, whose parents are from Banaras (Varanasi), India, was born in Oslo, Norway, and spent her childhood in São Paulo, Brazil before her family settled in California. She speaks fluent English, Hindi, and Portuguese.

Shukla is married to fellow and world-renowned folklorist Henry Glassie.

One of her goals in life is to visit every museum in the world.


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