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Kamran Asdar Ali

Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(512) 471 8520 |
SAC 4.128

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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


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Patricia Wilson

Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(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

Professor |
(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, Jr.

Director - South Asia Institute; Associate Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(512) 471 1667 |
WCH 5.103

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

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

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S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor |
(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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Darsana Manayathu Sasi

Lecturer |
(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 |
(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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Martha Selby

Professor |
(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 |
(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


Education: MA, City University of New York


Kishore Gawande

Faculty |

Interests: Econometrics, Economic Development, Economics, Global Sourcing, International Business, Public Policy

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Kate Gillespie

Associate Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(512) 471 1128 |
CBA 7.202

Interests: Marketing strategy, Product diffusion, Research methodology

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Rajagopal Raghunathan

Professor |
(512) 471 2987 |
CBA 7.232

Education: PhD, New York University

Interests: Affect and Decision Making, Hedonic and Utilitarian Consumption

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Joshua Apte

Faculty |
(512) 232 6039 |
ECJ 5.422

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Exposure to air pollution; Climate Change Mitigation; Air quality, environmental justice, and environmental sustainability in low-income areas; Policies to protect climate and health

Daene McKinney

Faculty |
(512) 471 5644 |
PRC 119

Education: PhD, Cornell University

Interests: Sustainable management of water resources; the integration of engineering, economic, environmental and political considerations in transboundary basins

Communication Studies

Scott R Stroud

Associate Professor |
(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 |
(512) 471 8885 |
GDC 4.430

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Interests: theoretical computer science, algorithms for multicore computing


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Leigh Linden

Assistant Professor |
(512) 475 8556 |
BRB 2.156

Education: PhD, 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 |
(512) 475 8543 |

Education: PhD, Princeton University

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Vijay Garg

Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(512) 471 1190 |
UTA 7.512

Education: PhD, Stanford University

Interests: Information theory, wireless communication, coding theory


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Mia Carter

Associate Professor |
(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 |
(512) 471 8798 |
PAR 326

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Snehal Shingavi

Assistant Professor |
(512) 471 8114 |
PAR 26

Education: PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Interests: Anglophone South Asian literature, 20th century 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, Ethnic and Third World Literature, Asian American Literature

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Hannah C Wojciehowski

Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Doré Thaman Professor of English |
(512) 471 8768 |
PAR 230

Education: PhD, Yale University

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


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Sonia Seeman

Associate Professor |
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 |
(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


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Gary J. Jacobsohn

Professor |
(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 |
(512) 232 7270 |
BATS 4.102

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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


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Indrani Chatterjee

Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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

Professor |
(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 |
(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


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Robert W. Jensen

Professor |
(512) 471 1990 |
BMC 3.304

Education: PhD, University of Minnesota

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


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Karen Engle

Professor |
(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 (on leave Spring 2019)

Professor |
(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


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Daniel A Bonevac

Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(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

Education: PhD, Cornell University

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

Rajeev Patel

Faculty |
SRH 3.225

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests: Food Systems, World Ecology, International Political Economy

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Varun Rai

Assistant Professor |
(512) 471 5057 |
SRH 3.256

Education: PhD, Stanford University

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

Catherine Weaver

Faculty |
(512) 232 3443 |
SRH 3.344

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: International Development, Global Economic Governance, Evaluation Methods

Radio, Television & Film

Lalitha Gopalan

Associate Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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 |
(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


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Diane Coffey

Assistant Professor |
(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 |
(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 |
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

Retired Faculty

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J.K. Aggarwal

Professor Emeritus, Electrical & Computer Engineering

John Bordie

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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James Brow

Professor Emeritus, Anthropology

Education: PhD, 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 |
(512) 475 8535 |
BRB 3.162

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Donald G. Davis, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Library and Information Science

Education: PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana

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Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Professor Emeritus, Middle Eastern Studies

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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William Glade

Professor Emeritus, Economics

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

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Kathryn Hansen

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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Robert Hardgrave, Jr.

Professor Emeritus, Government

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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Robert King

Professor Emeritus, Linguistics

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin

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Gail Minault

Professor Emeritus, History

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

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Patrick Olivelle

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

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Thomas Pullum

Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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Sankaran Radhakrishnan

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies |
(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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Jishnu Shankar

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies |
(512) 471-1219 |
WCH 5.105

Education: PhD, Syracuse University

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

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Rupert Snell

Professor Emeritus, Asian Studies

Education: PhD, University of London

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E. C. George Sudarshan

Professor Emeritus, Physics

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