Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia counseling professor Anneliese A. Singh has received the Asian American Psychological Association Division on Women Award for her co-presentation titled, “Beyond Geishas and the Kama Sutra: Asian American/Pacific Islander Women’s Sexuality.”
The presentation was a response to the eroticized or non-existent sexuality of Asian American women in the United States. It explored the influences of patriarchy and Western colonization and discussed the gender fluidity and matriarchal societies that existed before these influences.
Singh, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s department of counseling and human development services, researches multicultural counseling and social justice; qualitative methodology with historically marginalized groups; advocacy to end child sexual abuse in South Asian communities; feminist theory and practice; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender counseling; Asian-American counseling and psychology issues; and empowerment interventions with trauma survivors.
In 2007, she received the Ramesh and Vijaya Bakshi Community Change Award for her outstanding leadership and social activism in metro Atlanta’s South Asian community. Singh joined the UGA faculty in 2007. She earned her Ph.D. from Georgia State University.