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Sarah Fahim

Graduate student

Interests: Communication strategy & analysis, creativity in copywriting & advertising concepts, effects of advertising and mass communication on cultural diversity and tolerance


Colin Pace

Graduate student

Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Graduate student |
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Asian Studies

Daniel Dillon

Graduate student

Education: B.A. Anthropology, Asian Religions and Cultures; M.A. Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University

Hunter Gallacher

Graduate student

Interests: Sikhism and the Sikh Empire, modern Hindi, and water conservation and rights issues in South Asia

Nina Gat

Graduate student

Andrea Gutierrez

PhD Student

Interests: Animal Studies and Animal Language, Foodways, Food Manuals, Cookbooks and Food Prescriptions, Hindu and Buddhist Studies, Sanskrit, Prakrits, and Tamil Language

Hillary Langberg

Graduate student

Interests: Interpreting Mahāyāna Indian Buddhism (Bodhisattva soteriology and ritual practices) through philological analyses of Sanskrit texts (ca. 2nd-7th centuries CE) and art historical analyses of ca. 6th-7th century CE Deccan sculpture; Study of goddess traditions in all phases of South Asian religious history; Pre-modern interactions between South Asian religious traditions.

Kathleen Longwaters

PhD Candidate

Interests: Medical Traditions of South Asia, Sanskrit Language and Literature, Islamic Intellectual History, Urdu Poetry and Literature, Buddhist writings in Gandhari

Kathryn North

Graduate student

Interests: Second-language acquisition and identity in India, gender roles and women's issues in South Asia, South Asian history and culture

Joshua Orme

Graduate student

Interests: Formation of South Asian nation-states, 20th century and contemporary geo-politics/international relations, modern sociopolitical issues, modern and pre-modern history, study of Hindi-Urdu and linguistic influence on nationalism/identity

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Nikola Rajic

Doctoral Student |

Interests: Gender and transgenderism in South Asia, Tamil language and literature, pedagogy of Indian Studies

Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya

Graduate student

Interests: hindi cinema, gender studies, queer theory, affect theory, censorship

Siddharth Sridhar

Graduate student

Interests: The social and intellectual history of Tamil South India in the early modern and colonial periods; the social history of trade and migration in the Indian Ocean World

Comparative Literature

Hamza Iqbal

Graduate student

Education: MA, Honours Philosophy, University of St Andrews, UK

Interests: Long nineteenth century, Urdu Poetics, French Literature, Continental Philosophy, Postcolonial Theory, Psychoanalysis, Critical and Literary Theory


Fiza Mairaj

Graduate student

Interests: Educational policy, International development, Non-profit sustainability and Teacher practices in a classroom


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Sandy Chang

Graduate student

Education: M.A. History, The University of British Columbia

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Jack Loveridge

Ph.D. Candidate

Education: M.Phil. in Development Studies (Oxford University), B.A. in History (Stanford University)

Interests: Decolonization, Development, British Colonialism, Indian Nationalism, Population, Agriculture, Nutrition

Rupali Warke

Ph.D. Candidate



Justin Power

Graduate student

Education: MA Linguistics, University of North Dakota

Radio, Television & Film

Elizabeth Bolton

PhD Candidate

Education: B.S., MLIS (Master of Library and Information Studies), University of Oklahoma

Interests: Anthropology of media, television studies, production ethnography, news and current affairs television in Pakistan, and the privatization of Pakistan's television industry

Nabeeha Chaudhary

Graduate student

Education: M.A., International Studies, University of Washington

Interests: Television in Pakistan, drama serials, changing representations of women in entertainment media and corresponding political scenarios, popular culture, portrayals of Muslim women in South Asia.

Swapnil Rai

PhD Candidate

Interests: Media Globalization, Indian Cinema, Media Convergence, BRICS, Network Society

Religious Studies

Katherine Sanchez

Graduate student

Education: M.A. Religious Studies, University of Texas - Austin

Interests: Religions and Society | Religion in the Americas | Contemporary Islam in the United States | Religion and Popular Culture


Vrinda Marwah

Graduate student

Education: M.A., London School of Economics and Political Science

Interests: Reproductive health and technologies, Gender, Sexuality, Race and Ethnicity, Qualitative Methodology, Contemporary India, Social Movements, Law and Policy, State