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Priyanka Zylstra

PhD Candidate
Research Assistant

Research Interests

Gender and Sexuality, Global South Asia, Race, Empire, Diaspora

Research Description

I study the experiences of women of South Asian descent in 1970s-1990 Britain. I examine how these women confronted forms of racialized and gendered state violence, labor exploitation, and domestic abuse. I examine violence at multiple scales, from the large state mechanisms to the everyday intimate encounter, demonstrating how these layers of violence not merely coalesce, but are interlocking and co-produced. Furthermore, I aim to center the networks of resistance these women forged alongside Black British feminists.



B.A., Washington University in St. Louis, 2018


Critical Language Scholarship, Bangla, Summer 2021

Pre-dissertation Travel Grant, Summer 2022

Awards and Honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students - Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Courses Taught

HIST 100: Global History (Teaching Assistant) - Fall 2021

HIST 172: US History Since 1877 (Teaching Assistant) - Spring 2022

We CU Community Engaged Scholars Student Support Coordinator (Research Assistant) - Fall 2022-Spring 2024