Preeti Sharma – Faculty Bio

Preeti Sharma, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of American Studies
Office: F02-110
Office Hours: Tu 3:30-5pm, and by appointment

Ph.D., Gender Studies, UCLA (2019)
M.A., Asian American Studies, UCLA
B.A., Women’s Studies, University of Florida

Courses Taught
AMST 300: Introduction to American Studies
AMST 495: From the Barbershop to the Beauty Salon
AMST 495: Labor and Social Justice in Los Angeles
AMST 498: Senior Seminar in American Studies


Preeti Sharma, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her current research project, “The Thread Between Them: Affective and Intimate Labor in Los Angeles’ South Asian Threading Salons,” examines the transnational beauty practice of threading in salons across Los Angeles County through their emergence, labor, regulation, and contestation in the neoliberal immigrant service sector. Dr. Sharma is also one of the editors of the forthcoming book, The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice (University of California Press, 2021).

Dr. Sharma’s work makes intellectual and activist interventions in our understandings of a globalized Los Angeles, gender, immigration, and labor. Professor Sharma connects research and teaching to action through her service on the board of Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) and through her research with the UCLA Labor Center, where she has trained students to develop reports about issues such as wage theft while empowering them to build networks that promote social and economic justice. At the UCLA Labor Center she supported numerous research justice efforts, including the animated short video, I am a #YoungWorker and the national report, Nail Files: A Study of Nail Salon Workers and Industry in the U.S.


Hong, Mai-Linh, Chrissy Yee Lau, and Preeti Sharma, eds. The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice. University of California Press. Forthcoming, 2021.


Sharma, P. (2020). Irresponsible State Care and the Virality of Nail Salons: Asian American Women’s Service Work, Vulnerbility, and Mutuality. Journal of Asian American Studies 23(23)3, 491-509.


Ángeles, S. L., Chen, M., Galvez, J., Shadduck-Hernández, J., Sharma, P., Thomas, D., Waheed S., Wong, M. (2020). Unseen Costs: The Experiences of Workers and Learners in Los Angeles County. UCLA Labor Center.

Sharma, P., Waheed, S., Nguyen, V., Stepick L., Orellana, R., Katz, L., Kim, S. Lapira, K. (2018). Nail Files: A Study of Nail Salon Workers and Industry in the United States. UCLA Labor Center and California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative.

Shadduck-Hernández, J., Waheed, S., Sharma, P., Stepick L., Nguyen, V., Macias, M., Orellana, R. (2018). Hour Crisis: Unstable Schedules in the Los Angeles Retail Sector. UCLA Labor Center.


Golden, D.L., Sharma, P., Valenzuela, D., Waheed, S., Shadduck-Hernández, J., Ritoper, S., Higbie, T. (2016). I am a #YoungWorker. UCLA Labor Center.

Book Reviews

Sharma, P. (2020). “Responding to Gay Inc.Society & Space.


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