Dr Annapurna Devi Pandey
Dr Annapurna Devi Pandey was born and brought up in Cuttack, Orissa. She went to Ravenshaw College for her undergraduate education and moved to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for her MA and PhD in Sociology. Her thesis was a study of women in Orissa Politics, one of the first studies of its kind in India. After eight years of teaching at Ravenshaw College, She went to Cambridge University, UK, as a common wealth post- doctoral fellow in Social Anthropology. In 1989, she moved to Santa Cruz, California to make a home in the Diaspora. She spent the first seven years raising her two boys and since 1995, she has been teaching in Anthropology department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Annapurna has remained committed to Orissa and her people (Volunteer at Basundhara, Cuttack, and Vijaya, Bhubaneswar). In Santa Cruz, she has organized many Odissi dance programs with dancers and musicians coming from Orissa. She also made a film on the Oriya community in the bay area. Annapurna is committed to the betterment of the life of the Oriya community in the Diaspora as well as in the state of Orissa. She has been very actively involved in OSA National. Annapurna was the Vice President of OSA during 1998-1999. She has been a volunteer, the organizer of seminar sessions and speaker in many Annual OSA Conventions.