Lata Murti Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Lata Murti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology


Social Sciences



Lata Murti Ph.D.



Dr. Lata Murti is Associate Professor of Sociology for the School of Arts and Sciences at Brandman University.  She led the revision of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Program, designing a competitive and cutting-edge curriculum with practical and professional relevance. The recipient of Brandman’s 2015 Outstanding University Faculty of the Year Award, Dr. Murti has received recognition for both her pedagogy and her publications, from organizations such as the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment, the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and Universal Publishers’, which selected her dissertation on the racial experience of Indian immigrant doctors for its 2015 Annual Excellence Award.


Dr. Murti holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She has presented at numerous conferences related to teaching and sociology, in addition to publishing on these topics for several peer-reviewed journals, the SAGE Research Methods Cases collection, Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia, and the Work in Progress blog of the American Sociological Association.


  • Social Sciences


Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Dissertation: “With and Without the White Coat: The Racialization of Southern California's Indian Physicians”

M.A. in American Studies and Ethnicity

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Honors in Humanities, B.A. Honors in Spanish

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Areas of Concentration: American Studies, Creative Writing and Religious Studies

Scholarly Activities

"Studying the Racial Experience of Indian Doctors in Southern California through Interviews and Observations," SAGE Research Methods Cases in Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.

Annual Dissertation Excellence Award,, Boca Raton, FL

Outstanding University Faculty of the Year Award, Brandman University, Irvine, CA

Professional Experiences

Part-Time Lecturer

The Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA

In the Asian American department - Lead taught course I created, on the ways that South Asian American experiences complicate the field of Asian American Studies.

Part-Time Lecturer

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

In the American Studies and Ethnicity department: Lead taught interdisciplinary course on the continuing significance of The Vietnam War for Viet Nam, the U.S., the Vietnamese Diaspora, and Vietnamese Americans.

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Led discussion groups for four courses; taught two beginning-level Spanish courses; helped grade papers for two upper-level undergraduate seminar courses; and supported the events and research of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration as well as the research of Professor of Sociology, Dr. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo.


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