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Sarah Fahim

MA student

sara.fahim14@gmail.com

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

Anthropology


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Krishantha Fedricks

PhD student

kfedricks@utexas.edu |
5.114 SAC

Education: MA, California State University at Long Beach

Interests: Language, Religion and Media; Sinhala Language and Linguistics; Sri Lankan Buddhism; English to Sinhala Translations

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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

MA/PhD student

danielkevinng@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

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Aniruddhan Vasudevan

PhD candidate

aniruddhan@utexas.edu |
5.114 Student Activity Center (SAC)

Interests: Gender and Sexuality Politics in India, LGBTQ Rights Activism in Chennai, Theater and Dance, Ideologies of the Self respect Movement of Early 20th Century Tamil Nadu, Tamil to English Translations

Art History


Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani

Graduate student

maryam.ohadi@gmail.com

Education: MA, Art History and Museum Studies, Case Western Reserve University

Interests: Post-war abstraction in Britain, postcolonialism, transnationalism during decolonization, history of immigration

Asian Studies


Sundas Amer

MA/PhD student

sundas.amer@utexas.edu

Interests: Urdu Literature, Persian/Farsi

Emily Beissner

MA student

ebeissner86@gmail.com

Education: BA Philosophy and Malayalam, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sri Narayana Guru, Sri Narayana Guru’s Malayalam and Sanskrit adages, Sanskrit and Malayalam religious texts of Kerala, caste in Kerala, Temple Entry Movement of Kerala, Malayalam Lierature, and Malayalam to English translation

Justin Ben-Hain

PhD student

jbenhain23@gmail.com

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

Cicely Bonnin

Graduate student

cicely.bonnin@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Linguistics, The University of Queensland

Interests: Sanskrit language and literature; sense perception in linguistics, literature and religion; colour; language change; Sanskrit to English translation; Classical South Asian poetics and epistemology; Hindi

Katharine Chandler

Graduate 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

daniel dillon

PhD candidate

ddillon154@utexas.edu |
BEL 212 H

Education: BA Anthropology, Asian Religions and Cultures; MA Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University

Interests: Globalization, Mobility, Gender & Sexuality (especially Masculinity), the Tamil Ethnoscape, Religious & Ethnic Violence, Modernity, Visual Ethnography, Contemporary Sri Lanka

Michael Fiden

Graduate 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 student

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

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Andrea Gutierrez

PhD candidate

andreagutierrez@utexas.edu

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

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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

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Zeltzyn Rubi Sanchez Lozoya

PhD candidate

zrubisl@gmail.com

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Indian cinemas and film cultures, world cinema, women cinema, transnational and third world feminisms, cultural studies of South Asia, and film digital distribution

Aaron Sherraden

PhD candidate

aaron.sherraden@gmail.com

Interests: Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Epic Literature of India and associated performance traditions

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

Comparative Literature


Hamza Iqbal

PhD student

hmi4@utexas.edu

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

Economics


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Sangita Vyas

Graduate student

sangita.vyas@utexas.edu |
BRB 3.134G

Education: MPA, Princeton University

Interests: Applied microeconomics; public, health, and development economics; demography

Education


Fiza Mairaj

MA student

fiza_mairaj_ali@live.com

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

English


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Meghan Gorman-Darif

Graduate student

meghangormandarif@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College

Interests: Representations of the Naxalite and Maoist movements in contemporary literature

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


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Sandy Chang

PhD candidate

sandy.chang@utexas.edu

Education: MA, The University of British Columbia

Interests: British Empire; Colonial South & Southeast Asia; Chinese Diaspora; Gender and Sexuality; Inter-Asia Mobilities and Connections

Anuj Kaushal

Graduate student

anujkaushal@utexas.edu

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

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

International Relations


Journalism


Paromita Pain

PhD student

paromita.pain@gmail.com

Education: MA Specialized Journalism, University of Southern California

Interests: Participatory media process, Citizen’s journalism,Women’s empowerment via mobile technologies

Linguistics


Justin Power

PhD student

justin.power@utexas.edu

Education: MA Linguistics, University of North Dakota

Middle Eastern Studies


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Bryan Sitzes

Graduate student

sitzesbc@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Environmental histories of the Persianate world

Public Affairs


Anushree Deb

Graduate student

diya.deb@gmail.com

Education: MA in Urban Policy & Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

Interests: Urban governance and development in South East Asia and India

Taylor Foody

Graduate student

tmfoody@gmail.com

Education: BA, Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Efficacy and transparency of social impact, corporate social responsibility, and impact investing initiatives; global development

Olivia Hay

Graduate student

olivia.hay@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Anthropology, Oberlin College

Interests: Tamil language, conflict management, and climate security

Adam Materne

Masters candidate in Global Policy Studies

adam.materne@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Persian language, military affairs in South Asia, civil-military relationships in South Asia, and cybersecurity and national security

Sadikshya Nepal

Masters candidate in Global Policy Studies

snepal@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Art History, University of Massachusetts

Interests: South Asian Migration particularly focusing on Nepal, Gender, Labor, Citizenship, and Refugee Rights

Radio, Television & Film


Nabeeha Chaudhary

PhD student

chaudhnz@utexas.edu

Education: MA, International Studies, University of Washington

Interests: Television in Pakistan, Changing representations of women in entertainment media, Interconnections between Cultural/Entertainment Media, Women’s Issues, and Education, Regional focus on South Asia, particularly Pakistan

Jacob Hustedt

PhD student

jhustedt@gmail.com

Education: MA, University of Sussex

Interests: Growth of urban centers of information technology in India and simultaneous emergence of LGBT activist organizations, Confluence of queer theory, New media theory, Theories of diaspora and the new global city

Prakshi Malik

Graduate student

prakshimalik11@gmail.com

Education: B.A. in Media and Cultural Studies, Macalester College

Interests: Film, representation, women's stories, migration and diaspora, power and solidarity

Swapnil Rai

PhD candidate

swapnilrai@utexas.edu

Education: MA (Cinematic Arts), Southern Methodist University

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

Ramna Walia

Graduate student

ramna.walia@gmail.com

Education: MA, English, Delhi University; MPhil, Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Interests: Informal media, media industries in India, video film cultures, film remakes

Religious Studies


Evan LeBarre

Graduate student

evan_hanks@utexas.edu

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

Hemal Trivedi

Graduate student

hpt249@utexas.edu

Education: MA in Religious Studies, Rutgers University

Interests: Mind & Ego in Indian Philosophy, Sāṅkhya-Yoga, Vedic Psychology, Vedic Astrology (Jyotiṣa), Sanskrit

Social Work


Swathi Reddy

PhD student

smreddy@utexas.edu

Education: MA Social Work, University of Chicago

Interests: Immigrant Children exposed to Interpersonal Violence, Intergenerational conflict in transnational families, Cultural perspectives on mental health. Effects of acculturation on South Asian immigrants

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