Jessica Bray


Areas of Interest: 
surveillance, illegality, and queer and feminist anthropology with a geographic focus on South Asia and contemporary United States

Bio: 
I am a second year PhD student in Anthropology at Rice University. My research interests include surveillance, illegality, and queer and feminist anthropology with a geographic focus on South Asia and contemporary United States.

I received my BA in Middle East/South Asia Studies & Religious Studies with a minor in Sexuality from the University of California, Davis. My senior honors thesis in South Asia Studies was entitled, “The Politics of Demystifying Identity: South Asian American Queer Women’s Education.” The thesis focused on the relationship between identity politics and education for South Asian American queer women of California. I received my MA in Anthropology & Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Brandeis University. My masters research examined the ways in which the queer community in India were affected by the reinstatement of a sodomy law. I spent the summer working with LGBT organizations in Mumbai to learn about the effects of the historical change in law. My masters paper, entitled "Queer Encounters with the Law: Ontological Representations of the Self in Transnational Mumbai," centered on the culture, activism,​ and​ ontologies of non-normative sexualities in India. My doctoral research will expand on my masters project to illuminate the continuing ways life in India deals with Section 377.

At Rice, I am working on my graduate certificate from the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.​ Also, I work​ at the Feminist Economics journal, Center for Written, Oral, and Visual Communication, and Rice Cinema​. When I am not in the Sewell basement, I​ ​am likely​ in my Houston apartment with my partner​ and​ our​ two cats.
Jessica Bray
Graduate Student
jessbray@rice.edu