Dr. Punita Chhabra Rice is a writer and education researcher, and the CEO and founder of ISAASE ("Improving South Asian American Students' Experiences").
Dr. Rice's research, through Johns Hopkins University's School of Education, focuses primarily on the experiences of South Asian Americans in the United States, especially in context of K-12 teachers' cultural proficiency, and the model minority myth.
Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Rice formally worked as a classroom teacher, specializing in Social Studies (primarily World Studies) and English classes. She has also served as a visiting scholar at University of Virginia's Department of Philosophy (earning funding from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities), and as a research assistant at Loyola University Maryland's Department of Literacy. Dr. Rice has also worked in sales, web development, and digital marketing.
Dr. Rice's organization ISAASE (isaase.org) aims to improve South Asian American students' experiences in school, especially in context of teacher cultural proficiency, by sharing data on South Asian American students' experiences, conducting further research, and promoting teacher cultural proficiency by disseminating data, creating resources for educators, and developing professional development tools to combat low cultural proficiency and maximize teachers' cultural proficiency and multicultural readiness.
Dr. Rice is also currently writing a book on the experiences South Asian Americans have in schools.
She earned her Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University, Masters in Teaching from Loyola University Maryland, and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland.