Reena Patel, Ph.D., is a feminist geographer whose research focuses on global labor relations between India and the U.S. Raised in Massachusetts, she is a first-generation American from an Indian family. Her parents emigrated from East Africa over 40 years ago. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, she went on to work in San Francisco and thereafter Hawaii. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana on an IT development project funded by USAID.
Her previous work was published in Information Technologies and International Development (MIT Press) and ACME - An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. Funding for her book, Working the Night Shift, was provided for by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF Proposal #0703463), American Association of University Women, David L. Boren Fellowship, and Huston Endowment President's Excellence Scholarship.
Reena has lived in Spain and Mexico and is fluent in Spanglish. She also lived in the Sinai Peninsula where she served as a Civilian Observer for the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO). Reena currently lives in Washington D.C. and loves to take road trip in her spare time.