Dr. Vaswati Ghosh is the residential faculty for History and Political Science. Vaswati grew up in Mumbai, India and completed her Ph.D. from the University of London, U.K. She is multilingual, and fluent in three Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi. She has been teaching at PVCC since 2016, and has found the perfect opportunity for sharing her international experience and love for teaching. Vaswati has taught a variety of courses: History of Asia, World History, History of United States, History of the Middle East, Western Civilization and World Politics. She is a global traveler, and loves to integrate her travel experiences into the classroom. She is committed to her discipline, presents research papers, attends conferences on American History, Association for Asian Studies, Asian Studies Development Program, American History Journal, Journal of American Heritage, and Political Science Quarterly.
Vaswati’s primary research interests are in the history of colonization, Indian diaspora, gender and immigration. She is closely involved in numerous clubs that encourage the study of diversity, ethnicity, and equity in the college and the local community. She has lived in the United States, United Kingdom and India, where students have varied in ethnicity, nationality, age, and culture. Her experiences with students from Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, China, Japan, and Russia, as well as students with learning disabilities, first generation students, gives her the sensitivity and understanding of individual differences and inter-cultural communication.
Her personal interest is to facilitate dialogue and initiate activities to infuse diversity and global awareness at PVCC. Vaswati organized the Diwali Festival of lights to promote Indian culture through classical dances, music, arts, crafts and food for college students. She coordinates with non-western religious and cultural centers in Phoenix to visit and experience world events and heritage. Students have visited ethnic centers such as the Ekta Mandir, Iskon Temple, Sikh Gurdwara, Buddhist Temple, Japanese Friendship Gardens, and Chinese Cultural Center.
Her recent work Hamari Awaaz Suno (Hindi): Listen to Our Voices: is a document narrative of Indian immigrant women in Phoenix, which is available for students to use at the Buxton Library, PVCC. Vaswati is also the faculty expert on Asian history, culture and diversity. Vaswati received the 2014 ‘Diversity Advisory Council Award’ for promoting communication and respect for multi-culturalism at PVCC.