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Renu Junjarwad

IVSA Graduate Student Board Member

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I am a Ph.D. student in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. I am pursuing an interdisciplinary Doctorate in Design and Social Science. Prior to perusing my PhD, I received a Masters of Design in New Product Innovation – Industrial Design – from Arizona State University and a Masters in Industrial Design from SPA in New Delhi, India. 

My scholarly interests include visual research methods, visual ethnography, documentary research, and interdisciplinary research for innovation. My most recent works include a tribal art ethnography project, The Speaking Art, which examines issues of survival for a 3000 years old traditional tribal wall art known as Warli Art.  The visual ethnography touches on issues such as the effects of the global economy on villagers’ work patterns and the "theft" of village intellectual property which are marketed by non-Warli artists as bedspreads and tablecloths.  My Doctoral research is a visual ethnographic study of ethnic food-ways among the Western Indian (South Asian) diaspora in the United States. I examine the most common street food in Mumbai, Vadapav, and its importance as a "comfort food”"among South Asians in the United States.


  • Country: United States


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