Himanee Gupta-Carlson is an associate professor with Empire State College. A former journalist, she completed her master’s in American Studies and her doctorate in Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i. Questions of diversity, inclusion, and justice play a central role in her teaching and her research. These interests are reflected not only in the courses on American History, Asian American histories, community sustainability, and Hip Hop as an emancipatory practice that she teaches but also in her many publications and community activites. These include her book Muncie, India(na): Middletown and Asian America (University of Illinois Press, 2018); her ongoing research and teaching on Hip Hop as a community building and political organizing practice; her hands-on work in running a small farm with her husband Jim; her development of online curricula using open educational resources; and her passionate involvement with farmers' markets, food pantries, and other food and farming organizations in the Saratoga area. She currently is writing a book A Hip Hop of Food that seeks to offer a philosophical yet pragmatic approach to social justice through food security at a grassroots level. She is looking forward to using her 2019-2020 sabbatical as an opportunity to finish the book and further widen her involvement with food security movements on a local and regional level. 

(Photo credit: Jim Gupta-Carlson)



  • B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University
  • M.A. in American Studies from University of Hawaii-Manoa
  • Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Hawaii-Manoa