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South Asia Studies Faculty – Select Publications

October 22, 2021

Get to Know Our South Asia Studies Faculty and Scholars

As a way to introduce you to our South Asia Studies faculty and scholars, we have asked them to share one article they feel represents their work well. Below you will find links to the articles faculty shared with us. For a full list of faculty, see

Enjoy exploring the diverse scholarly world of South Asia Studies at UW!

Jordanna Bailkin, History
The Boot and the Spleen: When Was Murder Possible in British India?

P.V. (Sundar) Balakrishnan, UW Bothell School of Business
Tough Policy Didn’t Save Nepal’s Throne

Manish Chalana, Urban Design and Planning
Whither the “Hindoo Invasion”? South Asians in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, 1907–1930

David Citrin, Global Health and Anthropology
The Anatomy of Ephemeral Health Care: “Health Camps” and Short-Term Medical Voluntourism in Remote Nepal 

Frank Conlon, History (Emeritus)
Dining Out in Bombay

Jennifer Dubrow, Asian Languages and Literature
The aesthetics of the fragment: Progressivism and literary modernism in the work of the All-India Progressive Writers’ Association

David Fowler, Comparative Religion
Introduction: Orienting a Logic for Comparison

Radhika Govindrajan, Anthropology and JSIS
“The goat that died for family”: Animal sacrifice and interspecies kinship in India’s Central Himalayas

Sunila Kale, JSIS
From company town to company village: CSR and the management of rural aspirations in eastern India’s extractive economies

Cricket Keating, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Framing the Postcolonial Social Contract

Alka Kurian, UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Decolonizing the Body: Theoretical Imaginings on the Fourth Wave Feminism in India

Sudhir Mahadevan, Cinema and Media Studies
Traveling Showmen, Makeshift Cinemas: The Bioscopewallah and Early Cinema History in India

Joe Marino, Asian Languages and Literature
From the Blacksmith’s Forge to the Fires of Hell: Eating the Red-Hot Iron Ball in Early Buddhist Literature

Matthew Mosca, JSIS and History
Indian Mendicants in Ming and Qing China: A Preliminary Study

Christian Lee Novetzke, JSIS and CHID
The Brahmin double: the Brahminical construction of anti-Brahminism and anti-caste sentiment in the religious cultures of precolonial Maharashtra

Heidi Pauwels, Asian Languages and Literature
Reviewing the Idea of Debate within the Intellectual History of South Asia: Early Modern Vernacular Inter- and Intra-Religious Dialogues

Aseem Prakash, Political Science
Selectively Assertive: Interventions of India’s Supreme Court to Enforce Environmental Laws

Vikramaditya Prakash, Architecture
Dhāranā: The Agency of Architecture in Decolonization

Anis Rahman, Communication
The politico-commercial nexus and its implications for television industries in Bangladesh and South Asia

Deepa Rao, Global Health
Gender inequality and structural violence among depressed women in South India

Anu Taranath, English and Comparative History of Ideas
Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

Virginia Van Dyke, JSIS
Ideological and caste-based challenges to Sikh political and religious institutions: The Shiromani Akali Dal and SGPC’s strategies of co-option and ‘management’ in a fragmented polity

Nathalie Williams, JSIS
When Does Social Capital Matter for Migration? A Study of Networks, Brokers, and Migrants in Nepal

Anand Yang, JSIS and History
Exile in Colonial Asia