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About Dr. Punita Rice


Dr. Punita Chhabra Rice is an education researcher, writer, speaker, and educator, focusing on issues related to multicultural education and equity. Her research expertise focuses on the school-related experiences of South Asian American populations. Dr. Rice is the founder and director of the outreach organization ISAASE, and organization aimed at improving South Asian American students’ experiences. She writes about her research on South Asian Americans’ education experiences for a variety of outlets, and presents for various education organizations. She is also writing a book on South Asian American stories and experiences in post-multicultural America, which has its roots in her research (forthcoming from Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, expected 2019).


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Punita is the founder and director of the outreach organization ISAASE (an acronym that stands for the organization’s mission: “Improving South Asian American Students’ Experiences”). ISAASE serves as a vehicle for bringing attention to the often negative experiences of South Asian American students, and aims to improve these students’ overall experiences through advocacy, outreach, and through the dissemination of resources. (You can read more about Punita’s outreach work here). ISAASE works towards its mission by sharing data on South Asian American students’ experiences, developing resources and professional development tools for educators, and through its three primary initiatives: the Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), the Family Outreach Initiative (FOI), and the Diversity & Representation Initiative (DRI). You can learn more about these projects here.

An educator with years of formal and informal teaching and research experience (inside and outside the classroom), from middle school to the doctoral level, Punita has taught Social Studies and English classes in Montgomery County Public Schools, has supported doctoral level courses in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia’s Department of Philosophy (through grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities), and has served as a research assistant at Loyola University Maryland’s Department of Literacy. Dr. Rice presently serves as an advisor with Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Doctor of Education program.

Punita earned her Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, where her research focused on South Asian Americans’ perceptions of their academic experiences and socioemotional experiences in K-12 settings, especially in context of teachers’ cultural proficiency and the model minority myth. Prior to earning her doctorate, Punita earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland where she also studied journalism and media, and she earned her Masters in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland. Prior to entering the education world, Punita also spent three years coaching dance. She has also worked in sales, web development, and digital marketing. Punita was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in Maryland. She now lives near Baltimore with her husband, son, and their Nespresso machine. She eats a lot of crushed red pepper.

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