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Mohan Ambikaipaker, Department of Communication, Tulane University

Mohan Ambikaipaker

Associate Professor
437 Newcomb Hall


University of Texas, Austin, PhD


Mohan Ambikaipaker is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Tulane University, specializing in critical race theory and decolonial/postcolonial studies. He is also an affiliate member of the Department of Anthropology, Africana Studies, Asian Studies and Latin American Studies. He was formerly Assistant Dean of Admissions at Swarthmore College and maintains an active research interest in narrative inquiry, critical university studies and questions of racism in high education. He is the author of the ethnography Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), an examination of the lived experiences of African Caribbean and South Asian communities confronting racial violence and policing violence in London. He has also published extensively in discipline-leading journals such as Communication, Culture and Critique; Postcolonial Studies; Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Journal for Intercultural Studies. He co-authored the public policy report, What’s New About New Immigrants in 21st Century Britain? while he was a visiting research fellow at the Runnymede Trust, a race-relations think-tank in Britain. His expertise has resulted in international media appearances and he has been a featured speaker in the Emmy-nominated PBS show, Blackademics and the Asian current affairs show Consider This. Ambikaipaker’s research and teaching is comprised of three strands (U.K., U.S. and Malaysia) and engages comparative research in theorizing connections between liberal-democratic political systems and the reproduction of racial regimes. Tulane University’s undergraduate student government awarded him the John Stibbs Award for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2017.

Selected Publications

  • With Robert Berkeley and Omar Khan, What’s New about New Immigrants in 21st Century Britain? York, UK: Runnymede Trust/ Joseph Rowntree, 2006.
  • “Antipolarization Identity Politics in Malaysia: Critical Race Subjects and the Theatre of Leow Puay Tin.” Postcolonial Studies. Vol.16, no.4 (2013): 340-357.
  • “Failed Asian Values Subjects and Disrupting Neoliberal State Discourse in Malaysia and Singapore.” Journal of Intercultural Studies. Forthcoming, 2015.