Shikha Bista is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. She completed her BA in Sociology from Loras College, and has a MA in Sociology from MSU. She is interested in race and ethnic relations in the US, as well as how race as a social construct evolves and continues to represent and structure the social world. She is also interested in the acculturative experience of immigrants in the US, studied as a nuanced, complex and multidimensional process that encompasses both contextual and individual level factors that facilitate and hinder their experiences in their new country.
The focus of Shikha’s dissertation is to have a better understanding of the psychological cost of personal discrimination that are experienced by Asian Americans. More specifically, it examines if and how perceived everyday discrimination is associated with psychological distress among Asian Americans.Further, it seeks to identify factors that may mitigate or modify the impact of discrimination on the mental health of Asian Americans.