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Northwestern School of Communication

Lakshmi Padmanabhan

Assistant Professor
1920 Campus Dr
Evanston, IL 60208
Lakshmi Padmanabhan

Lakshmi Padmanabhan is an assistant professor in the Department of Radio/Television/Film and will be teaching in its Screen Cultures doctoral program. She came to Northwestern from Dartmouth College, where she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Society of Fellows faculty in its Department of Film & Media Studies. Her research interests are in the fields of experimental cinema and new media art, postcolonial theory and critical race theory, and queer feminisms. Her current book project, The Untimely Image: Cinematic Form and Postcolonial Refusal, explores the ways in which experiments with cinematic time in queer feminist video art from South Asia manifest radical political desires. Her writing is published or forthcoming in journals including Art History Post45 Camera Obscura New Review of Film & Television Studies, and Women & Performance. She has programmed experimental film and video at venues including BRIC Contemporary, AS220, and Magic Lantern Cinema. She earned her Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.