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Sarah Eleazar Sadiq

Graduate student

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

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Sardar Hussain

PhD student

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

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Daniel Ng

MA/PhD student

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

Asian Studies

Sundas Amer

MA/PhD student

Interests: Urdu Literature, Persian/Farsi

Justin Ben-Hain

PhD student

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

Cicely Bonnin

Graduate student

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

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

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

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daniel dillon

PhD candidate |
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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

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

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

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

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Katie Lazarowicz

PhD candidate

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

Graduate student

Education: B.A., History, Carthage College

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

David St. John

PhD student

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

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


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Sangita Vyas

Graduate student |
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Education: MPA, Princeton University

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


Aruna Kharod

MA/PhD student

Education: BA, Ethnomusicology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sitar

Caroline Rohm

Graduate student

Education: DMA, Flute Performance, University of Maryland

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


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Sandy Chang

PhD candidate

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

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

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Kirtan Patel

Graduate student

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


Justin Power

PhD student

Education: MA Linguistics, University of North Dakota

Middle Eastern Studies

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Bryan Sitzes

Graduate student

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Environmental histories of the Persianate world

Public Affairs

Anushree Deb

Graduate student

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

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

Gaurav Gaur

Graduate student

Education: Bachelors of Engineering, University of Delhi, India

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

Olivia Hay

Graduate student

Education: BA, Anthropology, Oberlin College

Interests: Tamil language, conflict management, and climate security

Adam Materne

Masters candidate in Global Policy Studies

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

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

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

Prakshi Malik

Graduate student

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

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

Ramna Walia

Graduate student

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

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

Blake Pye

Graduate student

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

Hemal Trivedi

Graduate student

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

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


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Upasana Garnaik

Graduate student

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

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

Vrinda Marwah

PhD student

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

Education: MA, The New School

Interests: Political Sociology, Social Movements, Citizenship, Gender