Punita Chhabra Rice

Dr. Punita C. Rice is an education researcher and writer, whose work focuses on South Asian American populations. Specifically, her work focuses on students' perceptions, academic experiences, and socioemotional experiences in K-12 settings, especially in context of teachers' cultural proficiency and the model minority myth. She is also the founder and director of the outreach organization ISAASE. She is currently writing a book on South Asian American stories and experiences in post-multicultural America, which has its roots in her research. 

Dr. Rice has taught in the classroom, specializing in Social Studies and English classes. She has also supported doctoral level courses in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, served as a visiting scholar at the University of Virginia's Department of Philosophy (through grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities), and as a research assistant at Loyola University Maryland's Department of Literacy. Prior to working in education, she has also worked in sales, web development, and digital marketing.

Dr. Rice's outreach organization ISAASE ("Improving South Asian American Students' Experiences") aims to improve the overall experiences of South Asian American students, especially in context of teacher cultural proficiency. ISAASE works towards its mission by sharing data on South Asian American students' experiences, developing resources and professional development tools for educators, and through its three primary initiatives: the Teacher Cultural Proficiency Initiative (TCPI), the Family Outreach Initiative (FOI), and the Diversity & Representation Initiative (DRI). Learn more about these projects here.

Dr. Rice earned her Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Masters in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland, and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland. She was born in New Delhi, India, and grew up in the United States. She lives near Baltimore with her husband, son, and their Nespresso machine.