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Nayan Shah

Shah is a professor of history and chair of the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at USC. His research examines historical struggles over bodies, space, and the exercise of state power from the mid-nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Shah is the author of the award-winning books "Stranger Intimacy: Contesting Race, Sexuality and the Law in the North American West" and "Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown.” Shah’s new project on the refusal to eat in indefinite detention explores the transnational history of mass hunger strikes.