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Office of Academic Services

Thomson Hall Room 111


Degree Requirements
Required Courses
Other Coursework
Final Papers and Oral Exam
To Fulfill the Language Requirement
To Fulfill the Required Courses
To Fulfill the Other Coursework
Incomplete Course Work
Supervisory Committee
Papers and Exam Option
Timeline for final quarter (2-papers Option)
Thesis Option
Timeline for final quarter (Thesis Option)
Registration and Planning Your Class Schedule
Applying to Graduate
Program Procedures for Finishing
Fellowship Applications and Financial Aid
South Asia Studies Faculty


Welcome to the South Asian Studies program at the Jackson School of International Studies. The Jackson School houses many academic programs, of which the South Asian Studies program is one. The variety of programs at the Jackson School provides a wealth of resources, including colloquia and symposia that bring in outside speakers. We expect you to take advantage of them while you are here.

Thomson Hall is the home of the Jackson School. The South Asian Studies Center office is located in Thomson 301. In this office, you will find Keith Snodgrass, the Associate Director for the South Asia Center, and the Program Coordinator, Molly Wilskie-Kala .

Your mailbox is in the Graduate Reading Room, which is located in Thomson 311. Check it regularly for materials not received via email.
The Graduate Reading Room, aside from being a good place to check your mail, study, and meet other students, has 5 computers and a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave. A more fully-equipped Computer Lab is located in the Jackson School Basement Annex. (See page 17 for more information.) Your UW student card is your “key” to the graduate reading room and the computer lab. Be sure to take your card to Mark Haslam, the Jackson School Computer Specialist (in Thomson 408C), so that he can activate your card.

Academic Services is in room 111. Check the bulletin boards just outside the door and across the hall for general information on visiting speakers, film series, etc. For South Asia focused speakers and events sign up for the South Asia weekly bulletin by requesting Keith Snodgrass ( to add your name to the South Asia student list serve. This is a moderated list serve that you can post to. You can pick up information about relevant course offerings for upcoming quarters from the shelves against the wall outside Academic Services. Any of the Academic Services staff members can assign you a locker, which you may retain as long as you are here, if you renew it each spring.


For advice on procedures and requirements, contact Paula Milligan, the Graduate Program Adviser (GPA), in JSIS Academic Services. For quick questions, you may come during drop-in hours (Mondays 9:30-11:30 am or Thursdays 2-4 pm). For appointments, go to Paula’s on-line calendar or go to the Academic Services office. Paula’s office is in Thomson 116. There are approximately 150 JSIS master’s students, so you may need to remind Paula of your name and your program of study when you drop in. You should meet with the GPA at least once a year. It is particularly important to meet with her before registering for your last quarter, to make sure that you have met all requirements and to review graduation procedures.

Professor Sunila Kale, in her role as the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) for the program, serves as your faculty adviser in your first year of the program. Professor Kale’s office is in Thomson Hall, Room 418. Her email is She will provide details about her office hours in her first meeting with you. As you read the program requirements and guidelines you will find that some actions on your part will require the official approval of the GPC. Importantly, you must acquire the approval and signature of the GPC each quarter before you register for classes.

During your first year, Professor Kale will help you determine a suitable faculty mentor, who will become your faculty adviser. You should meet with your faculty adviser at least once a quarter. By your fourth quarter in the program, you should establish a Supervisory Committee to advise you in completing the final requirements of your program. (See page 5)

If you find yourself struggling academically, we strongly advise you to meet with the GPA, your faculty adviser, and/or the GPC as soon as possible to discuss your options.


Familiarize yourself with both the South Asian Studies Program Requirements for a Master of Arts in International Studies and the General Graduate School Requirements for a Master’s Degree. The program requirements are designed to meet Graduate School requirements, but it is important to note that to earn your degree you must satisfy both sets of requirements.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete a minimum of 36 credits. The expectation is that students will complete this degree within two years. The components of the degree are as follows:

Students must reach a proficiency equivalent to completion of the third year in a South Asian language. Beginning, intermediate and advanced Hindi are taught during the academic year, intermediate Hindi is sometimes taught also in Summer Quarter on an intensive basis. Sanskrit is taught during the academic year. Urdu and Bengali are also taught during the academic year.

Students who enter the program with no prior training in a South Asian language will likely need to complete at least one summer intensive language program in order to satisfy the requirement of third-year proficiency within the two-year program. Summer programs are offered at UW, at other institutions in the US, and over the summer in South Asia. The program will work with students in an effort to provide partial or full funding for such programs if possible. Please note, it is the student’s responsibility to apply for admission and funding in a timely manner for summer language study.

Students may also choose to apply for a nine-month language course in South Asia, which would extend a student’s MA timetable by a year or more.
Please see the GPC and Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director of the South Asia Center, for more information on these and other opportunities.


Required Courses:
JSIS A 508/Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia I Intensive survey seminar taken in the first year.
JSIS A 509/Interdisciplinary Study of South Asia II Continuation of the intensive survey seminar taken in the first year.
JSIS A 510/Seminar on South Asia This is a course which is designed to provide each student an opportunity to synthesize his or her studies through research and writing on an individual research topic.

JSIS 594 JSIS DIRECTOR’S COURSE: International and Area Studies (2 credits)
Exposes students to the four-fold thematic intellectual rubric of the school, and to the wide range of teaching and research agendas represented in the Jackson School. Recommended common course for all first-year graduate and doctoral students. (Autumn quarter of first year)

Other Coursework:
Students must complete at least 21 credits in course work from at least two different departments. Most of this course work should be focused primarily on South Asia, or in courses taught by South Asia Studies faculty on topics relevant to specializations the student has chosen. Students may take a maximum of 10 credits not focused on South Asia, nor taught by South Asia faculty, but help to fulfill disciplinary or professional objectives. All courses are planned in consultation with the program adviser to ensure that both individual and program goals are met. You must acquire the approval and signature of the GPC each quarter in order to register for classes.

Final Papers and Oral Exam:
Students have the option of submitting either two revised seminar papers or an original thesis to a supervisory committee, and must pass a comprehensive oral examination. One of the seminar papers will normally be written for JSIS A 508 or 509. Students should constitute a committee of at least two South Asia faculty members 2.5 quarters prior to their intended graduation date. Normally, this means you will have selected an advisor by the end of your first year and selected your second committee member by the end of the first quarter of your second year.

To fulfill the Language Requirement:

South Asian language and literature courses are offered by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature in Gowen Hall. Language study is an essential part of the program and all students must demonstrate the equivalent of three years of language study or “advanced” proficiency in a South Asian language. Normally this means a student undertakes language study in every quarter of their time at UW, and supplement this time with summer language study in the US or in South Asia. Students who enter the program with advanced proficiency in a South Asian Language (usually indicating fluent reading, writing and speaking abilities) may contact the GPC about possibly testing out of the language requirement. However, in such cases, we encourage students to increase their language abilities by studying a second language during their MAIS.

Those who are uncertain about what level of language to take should contact the department of Asian Languages and Literature for advice.

Should you find that you are having academic trouble with language study, consult your language professor and the GPC immediately.

To fulfill the Required Core Courses:

The introductory South Asian seminars, JSIS A 508 and JSIS A 509, are usually taken in Autumn and Winter quarter of the first year in the program. The South Asia research seminar, JSIS A 510, is taken in the Spring quarter. This latter course will help you to synthesize your studies and prepare a research proposal for the second year thesis or revise your seminar papers. These required courses contribute 15 credits of your required graduate work. If you are planning on undertaking primary research involving interviews for your thesis, we will advise you to apply for permission from the Human Subjects Office.

To fulfill the Other Coursework:

To complete this portion of the program, you must take 21 credits from at least two departments. You can select from courses at the 400, 500, 600, and 700 levels, but at least 8 of the optional credits must be at the 500 level and above.

At least 11 of your 21 credits must be from courses that focus on South Asia. This means that you can take up to 10 credits not specifically focused on South Asia, for example in order to fulfill disciplinary or professional objectives. For instance, those planning to pursue a Ph.D. may find that they still need to fulfill prerequisite requirements not related to South Asia for the departments they wish to enter. On the other hand, students pursuing non-university careers may determine that some coursework from one of the departments or schools relevant to their career objectives (e.g. Communications, Public Affairs, Business Administration, Education, etc.) may be useful. In both cases, students should consult advisers from appropriate schools or departments early. Students who wish to apply credit for courses not related to South Asia toward their course work must obtain written approval from the GPC. Students in the Thesis option must additionally register for a minimum of 9 thesis credits. Thesis credits can be done over several quarters or all at once, and there is no limit to the number of thesis credits you can take. It is usual to sign up for these with your thesis advisor.

Taking Courses Outside of Requirements

You may take courses that do not fulfill program requirements. Comparative study is encouraged, and classes which do not meet South Asian Studies requirements may be useful. However, taking too many courses that do not apply to your degree could prevent you from completing the program within two years.

Courses NOT to Take

While it is preferable for you to take only courses at the 400 level or above, 300-level courses with a JSIS- prefix can occasionally be taken with the approval of the GPC. However, 300-level courses do not qualify for graduate credit at the UW Graduate School, so this option should only be used when necessitated by future academic or professional goals, and when your other courses fulfill both the program and Graduate School requirements. A better option would be to make a contract with the instructor to take the 300-level course as a 600-level Independent Study (form available in the Office of Academic Services) and do the work required for the class along with extra work to meet graduate level standards.

Number of Credits Per Quarter

An average load per quarter for Jackson School graduate students is 12-15 credits or 3-4 courses, depending on credits per course. In the second year, some students take fewer courses as they begin to focus on their final paper(s). If you are receiving a scholarship or fellowship, or financial aid, or hold a TA or RA position, you must carry at least 10 credits a quarter. International students must be registered for 10 credits in order to maintain their F-1 status. Students receiving FLAS fellowships must be enrolled full time and for one 5 credit language and one 5 credit South Asia area studies course in each quarter. It is a student’s responsibility to meet the requirements of any scholarship or fellowship they are awarded.

You are not required to take a full course load every quarter, but taking a reduced load during Autumn Quarter may put you at a competitive disadvantage for fellowship consideration. It is difficult for the fellowship committee to assess your scholastic performance if you have only taken a course or two.
You are expected to finish your degree in two years. If you do not carry a full load in your first year, it may affect your ability to finish within two years.

Incomplete Course Work

Graduate school is demanding, intellectually and emotionally, and students sometimes struggle to balance life and academic studies. If you are encountering difficulty, consult your professor, advisor, and/or GPC. We strongly discourage students from taking “incompletes” in their courses. In many cases, students never fulfill the work required, or fulfill the work in an unsatisfactory way. Therefore we strongly advise you not to take an incomplete in any class at UW.

Supervisory Committee:

You must identify a faculty adviser by the end of your 3rd quarter in the South Asian Studies program, and you must form a Committee by the 5th week of your 4th quarter. Your Supervisory Committee should consist of two faculty members who have had a chance to get to know your work and who have expertise in your area of concentration. These two members of your Supervisory Committee must be Graduate Faculty (see; you may select a third member who is not Graduate Faculty. The purpose of this committee is to advise you in the final stages of your program and evaluate your paper(s) and oral defense. Your committee members serve as your consultants and mentors as you write your thesis or write and revise your MA papers and they serve as your examiners. You should make sure that your committee members will be available in the quarters when you need them for advisory work, independent study, and exams.

You form your committee by filing the Supervisory Committee Form which establishes a record that your selections of area of concentration, faculty committee members, and papers/ thesis option are acceptable to the South Asian Studies program as represented by the GPC and that your committee members have agreed to undertake supervision of your program. Once you file the form, your primary advisor becomes the Chair of your committee.

You should ask your committee members to clarify their expectations of when you will provide them with evidence of your progress towards completion of the papers or thesis. The timelines on pages 11 and 12 express the SA Program’s expectations of when you would have to submit materials in order to meet Graduate School deadlines. Your Supervisory Committee may require additional drafts and earlier submission dates.

For a guide to your role as an advisee and your faculty supervisor’s role as Mentor, please see the Graduate School’s “Guidelines for Good Practice in Graduate Education”:

Papers and Exam Option:

The two papers option is an appropriate selection for anyone who intends to pursue future studies or for whom the MAIS in South Asian Studies will be a terminal degree. This is the option we encourage most MA students to choose. You will prepare two papers of at least 25 pages each (6,000 words + references) which you should present in a standard academic format. The papers should be seminar papers significantly revised to incorporate comments from the faculty who commented on the original version and comments from your Supervisory Committee members as appropriate. You may register for JSIS 600/ Independent Study with a member of your committee to get credit for work done on these revisions. It is wise to have one of these papers completely revised and approved for examination by your committee by the quarter before you plan to graduate.

The oral exam is given by the members of your committee. It covers your area of concentration and program coursework and focuses on issues that arise in relation to your papers. It will take approximately 1.5 hours. You should consult each member of your committee prior to the exam to clarify what to expect and how to review for the exam.

Timetable for the Final Quarter

(Papers and exam Option)


6 week

Submit final drafts of papers to committee members

8 week
Submit SA MAIS Exam Scheduling Form to Paula Milligan (GPA)

10 Week
Oral Exam of Papers

11 Week
Complete any required revisions to papers

Submit final papers to GPC for SAP archive

Submit Warrant to GPA by 4:00 Thursday

6th week Submit final drafts of papers to committee members
8th week Submit SA MAIS Exam Scheduling Form to Paula Milligan (GPA)
10th week Oral Exam of Papers
11th week Complete any required revisions to papers
Submit final papers to GPC for SAP archive
Submit warrant to GPA by 4:00 Thursday

Thesis Option:

The thesis option is for students who intend to do an advanced degree in one of the disciplines or professions after completing the MAIS in South Asian Studies and who have both the time and linguistic or other abilities to undertake original research. Your primary thesis adviser will be the Chair of your Supervisory Committee, but you should consult with each member of your committee as you develop the thesis and prepare to defend it in a comprehensive oral exam. The thesis can begin as a seminar paper or an Independent Study project. You will register for 9 thesis credits (JSIS 700/ Thesis) during your second year in the Master’s program. Theses usually range between 80-120 pages (25,000 words + references) and must be formatted as per University of Washington Graduate School requirements
( Students interested in writing a thesis should indicate that interest to his or her advisor and/or GPC early, preferably in the first year.

The oral exam is given by the members of your committee. It focuses on issues that arise in relation to your thesis. It will take approximately 1.5 hours.

Timetable for the Final Quarter (Thesis Option)

2nd Week
Submit rough draft of thesis to committee members
6th Week

Submit defense draft of thesis to committee members (complete and formatted as per Graduate School requirements)

Submit SA MAIS Exam Scheduling Form to Paula Milligan (after providing defense draft to Supervisory Committee)

8th Week
Oral Exam of Thesis

11th Week

Finish any required revisions & have thesis Signature Page signed by all committee members

Submit copy of Supervisory Committee Approval Form to Graduate School by5:00 Friday

Upload Thesis on to ETD site to Graduate School by 5:00 Friday

Provide committee members bound copy of thesis

Provide GPC with PDF copy of thesis for SAP archive


Registration for classes begins in the middle of the preceding quarter (e.g. middle of Spring Quarter for Autumn). Course offering booklets on South Asia, which contain course descriptions for the upcoming quarter, are available in Academic Services prior to each registration period. As a continuing student you will be eligible to register in the first Registration Period. Registering early will usually ensure that you can enroll in the classes you want. Keep in mind that, with the exception of intensive 2nd year Hindi, few, if any, classes on South Asia are offered Summer Quarter. You should meet with your faculty adviser (the Graduate Program Coordinator in your first year, and your committee chair in your second) before registering each quarter.


To graduate, you must apply through the Graduate School’s degree application website: The application period commences the first day of the quarter of graduation. The Graduate School allows you to apply for your degree through the 10th Sunday of the quarter (8th, in Summer), however, the department requires that you apply for the degree by the 7th Sunday of the quarter.

The Graduate School will send you an email confirmation of your application for Master’s Degree and inform you of Graduate School requirements that must be met by the end of the quarter in which you graduate. The Graduate Program Adviser (Paula Milligan) will be notified of your application for Master’s Degree and will enter information detailing departmental requirements that must be met. This will generate an email from the Graduate School to you informing you of departmental requirements.

If you do not finish in the quarter you applied to graduate, you will have to apply again. You must be registered for at least two credits in the quarter you graduate.
It is important for you to maintain your status as a student until you graduate. To do this, you must be registered for every quarter except Summer Quarter, or be formally on leave.


Once your Supervisory Committee has accepted your final papers, you will need to set a date and time with them for your oral examination. When this is established, complete an Oral Exam Scheduling Form. These are available from the GPA, Paula Milligan. After your faculty mentor and the GPC have signed the form, give it to Paula Milligan, who will schedule a room, if necessary, and notify everyone involved.

Paula will prepare your file for your oral exam. Be sure to make an appointment with her the quarter before you plan to graduate to ensure that this review produces no surprises, and to review procedures for finishing the program. The Graduate School will be informed of any course work necessary to meet departmental requirements for which you have not yet received a grade, and your graduation will be finalized after these grades are received.

Prior to your exam, your file will be given to your Chair. Aside from providing a record of the work you have done in the program, the file will also contain your Oral Exam Completion Form and your Warrant for Master’s Degree. Both of these documents must be signed by your committee members following the successful completion of the oral examination, and will remain in your file. For those in the two-papers option, your committee’s signatures on these this will signify that your graduation is approved, and Paula will notify the Graduate School that your graduation may be finalized. For those in the Thesis option, a copy of your signed signature page also must be given to Paula by 4:00 on the last day of the quarter.


Graduate students are required to maintain graduate status during their program of study. Failure to maintain this status requires application to the South Asian Studies program for reinstatement to the University of Washington Graduate School and a fee if $250. Students who desire to take a quarter or quarters off without going through the reinstatement process must apply for on-leave status for each quarter they do not register. For complete details regarding the on-leave policy, refer to Graduate School Memorandum 9 (


You can apply for most fellowships offered through the Jackson School with one application (International and Area Studies Fellowship Application). It is an online application that will be available by November. This application will include the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships and others. EVERY MAIS SA student should apply for a FLAS unless she/he already has other fellowship support or is not a US citizen or permanent resident. The SA program GPC will hold a FLAS fellowship advising meeting in the November of the Fall quarter. Awards are made in mid-April for the following summer and/or academic year. Specific questions concerning FLAS should be addressed to the FLAS Coordinator, Robyn Davis, in JSIS Academic Services. Questions concerning the other fellowships covered by this application should be addressed to the Director of Academic Services.

Faculty evaluations and grades earned at the UW are of particular importance to JSIS fellowship committees, so it is helpful to carry a full load of relevant courses and do well in them. It is important to make good progress toward your degree before applying, and you must continue this progress if you receive a JSIS fellowship.

For information on need-based financial aid, check with the Financial Aid Office in Schmitz Hall. The website is
You may be eligible to apply for the Conlon Fellowship and the India Association of Western Washington Scholarship offered through the South Asia Program. Announcements for these awards will be posted to the South Asia student list serve.


The University has a large library system, including one of the best collections of South Asia related materials in the country. Materials are housed in many different buildings across campus. There is a reference section on the ground level of Suzzallo/Allen. Deepa Banerjee is the South Asian Bibliographer and provides useful reference services. Please email her at for an appointment.


The Jackson School Graduate Student Council (JSGC) has been successful on several occasions in applying for funds for computers and equipment. Thanks to these efforts, there are 9 workstations and two printers in the Jackson School Basement Annex, and four workstations and a printer in the third floor Graduate Reading Room. You may use the printers after paying a quarterly fee to JSGC for paper and supplies. This system is maintained by the Jackson School. Jackson School graduate students also may borrow one of the three laptop computers. To check these out, or if you have any technical or software problems with the computers in either of the Jackson School computer labs, contact the Jackson School’s computer specialist, Mark Haslam <jsishelp The office of the Jackson School Computer Specialist office is in Thomson 408C.

The University’s Computing Resource Center is in Mary Gates Hall. Information about this and other computer labs can be found on the Web at These labs offer word processing, spreadsheet, database, and graphics applications, and access to the Internet. The Center for Social Science Computation and Research (CSSCR) in Savery 145 offers consultation on computer services for social science students, which includes all JSIS students.


The Jackson School Graduate Student Council was formed to promote better communication among programs. Over the years, in addition to its success with funding equipment, JSGC has greatly improved the facilities in the Graduate Reading Room and organized several social gatherings for the whole school.
JSGC seeks representatives from each of the graduate programs to serve on this Council. The group meets periodically throughout the year. The current president of the JSGC is Christopher Kessler, a Japan Studies M.A. student.

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NANDINI ABEDIN, M.Sc, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, (1987); Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Bangla language and literature.
JAMEEL AHMAD, PhD Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (2011), MA Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (1996); Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literatures; Urdu language and literature.
SAREETA AMRUTE, PhD University of Chicago (2007); Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Diasporas; Social networks; international professional migration.
JORDANNA BAILKIN, PhD Stanford University (1998); Associate Professor, History; Colonial History.
MANISH CHALANA, PhD Colorado (2005); Assistant Professor, Urban Design and Planning; International Planning and Development, Historic Preservation Planning, India.
COLLETT COX, PhD Columbia (1983); Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Comparative religion, Indian and Chinese Buddhism.
PURNIMA DHAVAN, PhD University of Virginia (2003); Assistant Professor, History; Early Modern South Asian History and Literary Culture.
JENNIFER DUBROW, PhD Chicago (2011); Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Urdu language and literature.
TER ELLINGSON, PhD Wisconsin-Madison (1979); Professor, Ethnomusicology and Anthropology; Comparative religions and South Asian ritual, Buddhism, Shamanism, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka.
DARRYL HOLMAN, PhD Penn State University (1996); Associate Professor, Anthropology; human reproductive ecology, anthropological demography, Bangladesh.
SUNILA KALE, PhD University of Texas (2007); Associate Professor, International Studies; Indian politics and political economy; political economy of development; comparative politics.
SANTOSH KUMAR, PhD University of Houston (2009); Lecturer, Global Health; Health Economics, Development Economics, and Program Evaluation.
SONAL KHULLAR, PhD UC-Berkeley (2009); Assistant Professor, Art History; colonialism, nationalism, and modernism in South Asia; feminist art practice and theory art and anthropology.
TIMOTHY LENZ, PhD Washington (1999); Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Sanskrit language and literature; Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project.
DONNA LEONETTI, PhD Washington (1976); Professor, Anthropology; Bio-cultural anthropology, household ecology and intergenerational effects on fertility, child survival and health in NE India.
CLARK LOMBARDI , PhD Columbia (2001), JD Columbia (1998); Assistant Professor, Law; Islamic law, constitutional law, comparative legal institutions, development law, law and religion, Afghanistan.
SUDHIR MAHADEVAN, PhD New York University (2008); Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature; Indian cinema, world cinemas, media history and theory, film theory and history.
BIREN (RATNESH) NAGDA, PhD University of Michigan (1996); Associate Professor, School of Social Work; education and intergroup dialogue, South Asian diaspora.
CHRISTIAN NOVETZKE, PhD Columbia University (2002); Associate Professor, South Asia Studies, International Studies, and Comparative Religion; Indian culture, religion, and history; religious studies theory and historiographic theory.
ARZOO OSANLOO, PhD Stanford (2002); Assistant Professor, Law, Justice & Society Program and Anthropology; Gender and Islam, human rights and the Islamic state, Pakistan.
PREM PAHLAJRAI, MSEE, Georgia Tech (1990); MA, Washington (2005); Lecturer, Asian Languages and Literature; Hindi Language and Literature, Indian Philosophy.
SAMUEL PARKER, PhD Chicago (1989); Associate Professor, IAS (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences), UW-Tacoma; aesthetic anthropology, India.
HEIDI PAUWELS, PhD Washington (1994); Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Hindi literature, Hinduism.
ASEEM PRAKASH, PhD Indiana (1997); Professor, Political Science and Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences; environmental policy, CSR, globalization, international political economy, India.
VIKRAM PRAKASH, PhD Cornell (1994); Professor, Architecture; history of architecture, urban design, women and development, India.
PRITI RAMAMURTHY, PhD Syracuse (1995); Professor and Department Chair, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Adjunct Professor, American Ethnic Studies; Former Director, South Asia Center; gender & globalization; labor; agricultural biotechnologies; social movements; development; India.
PRADIPSINH RATHOD, PhD Oregon Health Sciences University (1982); Professor, Chemistry; Adjunct Professor, Global Health; malaria research in South Asia.
CABEIRI DeBERGH ROBINSON, PhD Cornell (2005); Assistant Professor, International Studies, Adjunct, Anthropology; political violence, socio-cultural anthropology, historical anthropology, refugees, human rights, political Islam, Pakistan, India, Kashmir.
RICHARD G. SALOMON, PhD Pennsylvania (1975); Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Sanskrit language and literature, history of early India, Gandharan studies.
MICHAEL C. SHAPIRO, PhD Chicago (1974); Professor, Asian Languages and Literature; Interim Divisional Dean for Humanities; Adjunct Professor of Linguistics; Hindi, Indo-Aryan languages and linguistics.
NATHALIE WILLIAMS, PhD University of Michigan (2009); Assistant Professor, International Studies and Sociology; migration, social demography, armed conflict, climate change, Nepal.
ANAND A. YANG, PhD Virginia (1976); Professor of International Studies and History; popular culture in colonial India, colonial systems of discipline and punishment, South Asian diasporas and migrations, India and China relations and comparisons.



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