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.


“Indian Accents” grow stronger on television


Indian Accents

Univ of Illinois Press, Feb 2013

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268 Monroe Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA


B.S.  English (with departmental and college honors) and Molecular Biology (with college honors) from University of Wisconsin—Madison, May 1988.

M.A.  English Languages and Literature from The University of Michigan, December 1991.

Ph.D.  English Languages and Literature from The University of Michigan,  May 1997.