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Kamran Asdar Ali

Professor

asdar@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 7531 |
SAC 4.102

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Gender, Health, Development, Labor History, Political Economy; Post-Colonialism; Urban Social Histories, Popular Culture, Historiography, Memory, Liberalism, Middle East; South Asia (Egypt, Pakistan).

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Jason Cons

Assistant Professor

jasoncons@utexas.edu |
(512) 232 3832 |
SAC 5.138

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Bangladesh, Borders, Climate Change, Agrarian Change, Development

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Ward Keeler

Associate Professor

ward.keeler@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8520 |
SAC 4.128

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Southeast Asian Performing Arts, Classical Burmese Theater/Music

Architecture


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Patricia Wilson

Professor

patriciawilson@utexas.edu |
(512) 471 0130 |
SUT 3.122

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Civic engagement and dialogue; participatory planning; international development; community development; sustainable social development

Art History


Michael Charlesworth

Professor

mick@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-2345 |
DFA 2.126

Education: PhD, University of Kent, Canterbury, England

Interests: Nineteenth Century Europe, history of gardens, early Cartography, photography history, panoramic representation of landscapes

Janice Leoshko

Associate Professor

jleoshko@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 2581 |
DFA 2.110

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

Interests: Asian Art, Art History, Buddhist Art, Tibetan Art

Asian Studies


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Joel Brereton

Associate Professor

jpb@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 6024 |
WCH 4.114

Education: PhD, Yale University

Interests: History of South Asian Religions, the Rigveda, Sanskrit, Hinduism, Languages and Literatures of Classical India

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Donald R Davis

Director - South Asia Institute; Associate Professor

drdj@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 7921 |
WCH 4.114

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sanskrit; Dharmaśāstra; Law and Religion; Medieval India; Malayalam

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Oliver Freiberger

Associate Professor

of@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8239 |
WCH 4.104A

Education: PhD, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Interests: Indian Buddhism, Asceticism, comparison in the study of religion

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Shahnaz Hassan

Lecturer

snzhasan@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 0304 |
HRH 3.102

Education: BA, University of the Punjab

Interests: Urdu Literature, Urdu Prose, Spoken Urdu, Gender in Urdu Literature

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Heather Hindman

Associate Professor

h.hindman@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 1667 |
WCH 5.103

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Critical development, entrepreneurialism, expatriate communities, social theory, global labor and gender

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor

syedakbarhyder@gmail.com |
(512) 475 6031 |
WCH 4.134

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Interests: Islam in South Asia, Urdu language and literature, Aesthetics in South Asia and the Middle East

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Amy Hyne-Sutherland

Lecturer

amyhyne@gmail.com |
WCH 5.126

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sanskrit; Asceticism, Śaiva Studies, Mental illness in South Asia, psychology of religion

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Darsana Manayathu Sasi

Lecturer

darsana@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-6043 |
WCH 5.126

Education: PhD, University of Kerala

Interests: Malayalam language and instruction; South Indian folklore and literature

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Carla Petievich

Visiting Professor

petievichc@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 6035 |
WCH 4.122

Education: PhD, University of British Columbia

Interests: Urdu Literature, Indo-Muslim Cultural History, Pakistani Culture, Female Access to Education in Pakistan

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Sankaran Radhakrishnan

Senior Lecturer

radha@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 6048 |
WCH 5.136

Education: PhD, Annamalai University

Interests: Tamil language and culture, modern and classical Tamil, Cultural history of South India

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Martha Selby

Professor

mas@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 6040 |
WCH 4.134

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Old Tamil, Prakrit and Sanskrit poetry and poetics; modern Tamil fiction; Sanskrit medical literature; gender and women's studies in South Asia

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Gautami Shah

Senior Lecturer

gshah@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-6033 |
WCH 4.104GA

Education: M.S., Purdue University

Interests: Language pedagogy (Hindi); Contemporary South Asian literature with a focus on communal conflicts, gender issues, caste, religion and immigrant experiences; Curriculum development; Innovative use of technology in language teaching; Program development; Less commonly taught languages

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Ahmed Shamim

Lecturer

ahmedshamim@utexas.edu

Education: MA, City University of New York

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Jishnu Shankar

Senior Lecturer

jshankar@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-1219 |
WCH 5.105

Education: PhD, Syracuse University

Interests: Aghor tradition of ascetics in India, Comparative study of Saint traditions

Business


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Kate Gillespie

Associate Professor

kate.gillespie@mccombs.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 5438 |
CBA 7.258

Education: PhD, London Business School

Interests: International marketing, international business-government relations, business in developing countries

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Prabhudev Konana

Professor

pkonana@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 5219 |
CBA 5.248, 5.202

Education: PhD, University of Arizona

Interests: Global sourcing, e-business value assessment, supply chain management, virtual communities, online investing, design of next-generation electronic brokerages

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Vijay Mahajan

Professor

vijay.mahajan@mccombs.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 1128 |
CBA 7.202

Interests: Marketing strategy, Product diffusion, Research methodology

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Rajagopal Raghunathan

Professor

raj.raghunathan@mccombs.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 2987 |
CBA 7.232

Education: PhD, New York University

Interests: Affect and Decision Making, Hedonic and Utilitarian Consumption

Communication Studies


Scott R Stroud

Associate Professor

sstroud@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 6561 |
CMA 7.138A

Education: PhD, Temple University

Interests: Communication and Culture, Communication Ethics, Philosophy and Rhetoric

Computer Science


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Vijaya Ramachandran

Professor

vlr@cs.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8885 |
GDC 4.430

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Interests: theoretical computer science, algorithms for multicore computing

Economics


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Leigh Linden

Assistant Professor

leigh.linden@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 8556 |
BRB 2.156

Education: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interests: Economics of education, microeconomic foundations of poverty, gender and educational opportunity, political economy of India

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Dean Spears

Assistant Professor

dspears@utexas.edu |
(512) 475 8543 |
3.134D

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: Family Demography and Intergenerational Relationships, Population Health, Reproductive Health, Child Health in the Developing World

Electrical & Computer Engineering


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Vijay Garg

Professor

garg@ece.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 9424 |
ACE 5.436

Education: PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Interests: Decision, Information and communications engineering; architecture, computer systems and embedded systems; software engineering and systems

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Sarfraz Khurshid

Professor

khurshid@ece.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8244 |
POB 5.120

Education: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interests: Software testing, specification languages, code conformance, model checking, application of heuristics in program analysis

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Sriram Vishwanath

Professor

sriram@ece.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 1190 |
UTA 7.512

Education: PhD, Stanford University

Interests: Information theory, wireless communication, coding theory

English


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Mia Carter

Associate Professor

miac@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8733 |
PAR 123

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Interests: Ethnic and Third World Literature; Popular Culture; Modern British Literature; Women, Gender and Literature; post-colonial and ethnic studies, modernism, 19th and 20th Century British Literature, Imperial studies, film, women's studies.

Brian Doherty

Senior Lecturer

bfd@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8798 |
PAR 326

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ernest Kaulbach

Professor

ekaulbach@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8365 |
CAL 17

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Classics, English, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, Language and linguistics

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Snehal Shingavi

Assistant Professor

snehal.shingavi@utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8114 |
PAR 29

Education: PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Interests: Anglophone South Asian literature, Hindi/Urdu literature, Literature in Translation and Translation Theory, Theories of “the nation” (anticolonialism, nationalism, statism, postcolonialism, postnationalism, cosmopolitanism, globalization, transnationalism, internationalism), Classical Marxism

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Hannah C Wojciehowski

Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English

gemelli@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8768 |
PAR 230

Education: PhD, Yale University

Interests: globalization and transculturation in pre-modernity; medieval and Renaissance travel literature; neurocriticism

Ethnomusicology


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Sonia Seeman

Associate Professor

stseeman@austin.utexas.edu |
512-471-2854 |
MRH 3.602

Education: Ph.D., UCLA

Interests: The music of modern Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, and Southeastern Europe, specializing in Rom (“Gypsy”) communities; Project director for joint ensemble between UT Austin Butler School of Music and the National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi, Pakistan

Stephen Slawek

Professor

slawek@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 0671 |
MBE 3.202

Education: PhD, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Interests: Musical traditions of South Asia, southeast Asian music, American popular music

Government


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Gary J. Jacobsohn

Professor

gjacobsohn@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 1444 |
MEZ 3.110

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Constitutional theory and comparative constitutionalism, constitutional identity

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Paula Newberg

Clinical Professor

pnewberg@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 7270 |
BATS 4.102

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Rights and jurisprudence; governance and climate change in South Asia

History


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Indrani Chatterjee

Professor

ichatterjee@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 7252 |
GAR 3.412

Education: PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Interests: Postcolonialism, Slavery and South Asian History, Gender and Modern India

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Sumit Guha

Professor

sguha@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 474 7236 |
2.140 GAR

Education: PhD, University of Cambridge

Interests: demography and agriculture, environment and ethnicity, agrarian economies, caste, identity and power

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Philippa Levine

Professor

philippa@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 1236 |
HRC 3.202B

Education: DPhil, Oxford University

Interests: Asian colonies of the British Empire

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Wm. Roger Louis

Professor

britishstudies@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 9274 |
HRC 3.202

Education: DPhil and DLitt, Oxford University

Interests: History of the British Empire and Commonwealth, the Middle East, India, End of Empires

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Cynthia Talbot

Associate Professor

ctalbot@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 7229 |
GAR 3.406

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Social and cultural history of medieval and early modern India (ca. 1000-1750); historiography and historical memories, Hindu-Muslim relations

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James M. Vaughn

Assistant Professor

jmvaughn@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 8268 |
GAR 3.218

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: History of Britain and the British Empire, 1688-1918; history of European overseas expansion, 1500-2000; history and social theory of capitalism

Journalism


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Robert W. Jensen

Professor

rjensen@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 1990 |
BMC 3.304

Education: PhD, University of Minnesota

Interests: News media and democracy; feminism and sexual exploitation industries; ecological sustainability

Law


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Karen Engle

Professor

kengle@law.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 7066 |
JON 6.240

Education: JD, Harvard University

Interests: International human rights law, indigenous rights and development, international criminal law, and Latin American law

Middle Eastern Studies


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Faegheh Shirazi

Professor

fshirazi@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 9416 |
WMB 6.128

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

Interests: Textiles, dress, gender identity discourse, and material culture in the Middle East; the meanings of veiling; rituals and rites of passage as they relate to material culture

Philosophy


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Daniel A Bonevac

Professor

bonevac@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 4333 |
WAG 403

Education: PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Interests: Philosophy; Logic; Moral Issues; Ethics; Philosophy in Popular Culture; Christian Philosophy

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Stephen Phillips

Professor

stephen_phillips@utexas.edu |
(512) 471 5080 |
WAG 301

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Interests: Sanskrit, classical Indian thought and philosophy

Public Affairs


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David Eaton

Professor

eaton@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 8972 |
SRH 3.204

Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Rural water supply, International water resource conflicts, energy management, sustainable development in international river basins, energy and water conservation programs, pollution prevention, water conservation in Texas

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Erin Lentz

Assistant Professor

erinclentz@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Food Security; Gender, Nutrition and Agriculture Linkages; US Food Aid and Food Assistance Policies

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Varun Rai

Assistant Professor

raivarun@gmail.com |
(512) 471 5057 |
SRH 3.256

Education: PhD, Stanford University

Interests: Technological change, innovation and diffusion; economics of climate change; energy and development

Radio, Television & Film


Lalitha Gopalan

Associate Professor

lalitha.gopalan@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 9374 |
CMA 6.174

Education: PhD, University of Rochester

Interests: film theory, feminist film theory, contemporary world cinemas, indian cinema, genre films, experimental film and video

Shanti Kumar

Associate Professor

shantikumar@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 3498 |
CMA 6.128A

Education: PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington

Interests: Globalization and nationalism in Indian Television, global media cultures, South Asian media

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Madhavi Mallapragada

Assistant Professor

madhavim@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 9239 |
CMA 6.172

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: New media, Asian American studies, Internet cultures

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Karin Wilkins

Professor

karin.wilkins@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471 2007 |
CMA 5.114

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Media Studies Global and International Media Identity and Representation Media/Technology/Social Change

Religious Studies


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A. Azfar Moin

Associate Professor

amoin@utexas.edu |
(512) 232 7224 |
BUR 518

Education: PhD, University of Michigan

Interests: Sufism and Sainthood in Islam; Sacred Kingship; Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia

Sociology


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Diane Coffey

Assistant Professor

coffey@utexas.edu |
(512) 232 6915 |
CLA 2.620D

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Interests: Early life health, maternal health, India, sanitation, social inequality, survey methodology

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Sharmila Rudrappa

Professor

rudrappa@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232 6310 |
BUR 574

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Interests: Gender, immigration, globalization, assisted reproductive technologies

Theatre and Dance


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Laquetta Carpenter

Lecturer

quetta.carpenter@austin.utexas.edu |
Loren F. Winship Building, 1.132

Education: Master of Fine Arts, The Pennsylvania State University

Interests: Gender, physical theatre, movement-based narrative, mythology; mentor for univeristy partnership between UT Austin and the National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi, Pakistan

Emeritus Faculty


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J.K. Aggarwal

Professor Emeritus, Electrical & Computer Engineering

aggarwaljk@mail.utexas.edu

John Bordie

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics

jgbordie@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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James Brow

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology

jbrow@mail.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington

Interests: Political economy, social theory, colonialism and nationalism; South Asia. Anthropology of development and underdevelopment; Sri Lanka; South Asian anthropology; economic development in village communities

Harry Cleaver, Jr.

Associate Professor Emeritus, Economics

hmcleave@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475 8535 |
BRB 3.162

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Donald G. Davis, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Library and Information Science

dgdavis@ischool.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana

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Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Professor Emeritus, Middle Eastern Studies

mrghanoonparvar@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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William Glade

Professor Emeritus

gladew@att.net

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Kathryn Hansen

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

kgh@austin.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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Robert Hardgrave, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Government

rlh@austin.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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Robert King

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics

rking@austin.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin

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Gail Minault

Professor Emeritus, History

gminault@austin.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

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Patrick Olivelle

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

jpo@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

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Thomas Pullum

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

tom.pullum@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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Rupert Snell

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

rupertsnell@austin.utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of London

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E. C. George Sudarshan

Professor Emeritus, Physics

sudarshan@physics.utexas.edu

Interests: Elementary particle physics; quantum optics; quantum field theory; gauge field theories; fibre bundles; classical mechanics; foundations of physics

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Herman Van Olphen

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

hvo@mail.utexas.edu