Joy E. Block


Advisor: Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Joy E. Block


My interests include South Asian diaspora, Asian America, early Cold War (1946-65), 20th century United States, Modern South Asia, Public education and textbook policies, and Indian nationalism.


B.A., Asbury University (Social Studies Secondary Education)


  • U.S./North American History

MA Title

  • “Brokering Nationalism & Multiculturalism Through History Textbooks: The Hindu Textbook Campaign of 2005”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Visitors, Citizens, & the Paths Between: Indians in the U.S., 1946-65”

Selected Awards:

  • UW-Madison Graduate School Research Travel Award (Spring 2017)
  • UW-Madison Department of History Dissertation Travel Award (Spring 2017)
  • Exceptional Service TA Award
  • UW-Madison Department of History (Spring 2016)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Hindi (2010-2012)

Professional Affiliation

  • Association for Asian American Studies

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 160 – Introduction to Speech Communication, History of South Asia to the Modern Period
  • History 161 – Asian American History: Settlement and National Belonging