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Sarah Eleazar Sadiq

Graduate student

saraheleazar@gmail.com

Interests: Political ecology, water, toxicity, environmental inequalities, and labor

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Sardar Hussain

PhD student

shrana266@utexas.edu

Interests: City, Space and Place, Heritage, Gentrification, Everyday Life, the Ordinary

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Daniel Ng

PhD student

danielkevinng@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

Art History


Avani Sastry

Graduate student

Asian Studies


Sundas Amer

PhD student

sundas.amer@utexas.edu

Interests: Urdu Literature, Persian/Farsi

Justin Ben-Hain

 
(on leave)
PhD student

jbenhain23@gmail.com

Interests: Vallabhite Vartas, Old Rajasthani Literature, Community formation, circulation of texts and ideas

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Cicely Bonnin

PhD student

cicely.bonnin@utexas.edu

Education: BSc, BEd, MA (Linguistics), The University of Queensland

Interests: Sanskrit language and literature; Old Indic; Middle Indic; Hindi; Sense perception in linguistics, literature and religion; Color; Language change; Translation; Classical South Asian poetics and epistemology

Katharine Chandler

MA student

katharinechandler@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, and Great Books, East Carolina University

Interests: Ethnography, Women and Gender Studies in South Asia, Goddess Worship

Michael Fiden

PhD student

mfiden@utexas.edu

Education: MA in Religious Studies, University of South Florida.

Interests: Early South-Indian devotional traditions; the development of śrauta ritual in the early Vedic period; sociopolitical and religious contexts and development during the second urbanization; and formative Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism.

Nina Gat

PhD candidate

ninasgat@utexas.edu

Interests: Literatures of India with a special interest in the beginnings of modern Hindi literature; Classical Indian aesthetics; & Indian modernity as reflected in post-independence Hindi literature

Charlotte Giles

PhD candidate

charlotte.giles@utexas.edu

Interests: Indo-Islamic culture and history, Urdu literature, labor, home-based production and the textile industry

Mustafa Hammad

MA student

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Katie Lazarowicz

PhD candidate

k.lazarowicz@utexas.edu

Interests: Indian Folk art (Madhubani Painting, Mithila Art), Material Culture & Visual Studies, Development & Labor, Bihar, Hindi, Economics & Economic History 19th Century - present, Contemporary Indian Art, Religious and Spiritual Traditions of India, Jesuits in India

Benjamin Simington

MA student

benjaminsimington@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., History, Carthage College

Interests: Islam in South Asia, Sufi texts, Urdu, Anti-colonialism, Critical Whiteness Studies

David St. John

PhD student

stjohnd@utexas.edu

Education: MA in Religious Studies, Florida International University

Interests: Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Quakerism, the history of the formation of ethics, lay ethics, mendicant-lay interactions, ownership principles

John Taylor

PhD student

john.m.taylor@utexas.edu

Interests: Classical Sanskrit literature, esp. the Mahabharata, ritual theory, gender & body theory, Indo-European linguistics

Business and Marketing


Mackenzie schnell

MBA Operations/MA Organizational Communication

mackenzieschnell@gmail.com

Communication Studies


Mackenzie schnell

MBA Operations/MA Organizational Communication

mackenzieschnell@gmail.com

Economics


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Sangita Vyas

Graduate student

sangita.vyas@utexas.edu |
BRB 3.134G

Education: MPA, Princeton University

Interests: Demographic methods; population projections; applied microeconomics; public, health, and development economics

Ethnomusicology


Aruna Kharod

MA/PhD student

akharod@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Ethnomusicology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sitar

Caroline Rohm

Graduate student

crohmflute@gmail.com

Education: DMA, Flute Performance, University of Maryland

Interests: Flute, North India, networks of transnational music communities

History


Anuj Kaushal

Graduate student

anujkaushal@utexas.edu

Education: MPhil, MA, and BA (History), Delhi University (india)

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Kirtan Patel

Graduate student

kirtanpatel@utexas.edu

Education: MA in History, Utah State University

Interests: British Empire, Colonial India, Hindu Religious History, Monastic Leadership and Culture, Migration History, History of Emotions, Religious Community Formation

Middle Eastern Studies


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Bryan Sitzes

Graduate student

sitzesbc@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Environmental histories of the Persianate world

Public Affairs


Gaurav Gaur

Graduate student

gauravashok@gmail.com

Education: Bachelors of Engineering, University of Delhi, India

Interests: E-governance, data driven public service delivery mechanisms, urban transportation

Religious Studies


Harsha Gautam

Graduate student

harsha24gautam@gmail.com

Education: MA and MPhil in Ancient History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Interests: Early Buddhism in South Asia; comparative study of the Vinaya traditions; socio-economic history of India

Evan LeBarre

Graduate student

evan_hanks@utexas.edu

Interests: Religions in History, Sanskrit, Tamil, Vedic studies, asceticism, philosophy, Native American studies

Blake Pye

Graduate student

blake.pye@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sufism and sainthood, the intersection of Sufism and politics, and knowledge hierarchies in premodern Islamic societies

Sociology


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Upasana Garnaik

Graduate student

ugarnaik@utexas.edu

Education: LL.M., Duke University School of Law

Interests: Gender, Sexuality, Family Law, Social Movement and Property Rights

Vrinda Marwah

PhD student

vrinda.marwah@utexas.edu

Education: MA, 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

Beth Prosnitz

PhD student

bprosnitz@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The New School

Interests: Political Sociology, Social Movements, Citizenship, Gender

Jackson Walker

PhD student

jacksonwalker94@gmail.com

Education: MA, Asian Culture and Languages, University of Texas at Austin