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Advisory committee


Anindita Banerjee

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Affliations: Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell Institute of European Studies, Polson Institute of Global Development, Visual Studies Program, and South Asia Program.

Geographic Research Area: Russia, Eurasia, and India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Technology and culture, energy and the environment, media studies, and migration studies.


Anne M. Blackburn

Professor of South Asia and Buddhist Studies and Director of the South Asia Program

Affliations: Department of Asian Studies, Religious Studies Program, Southeast Asia Program, and South Asia Program. 

Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka, India, Burma, and Thailand.

Teaching/Research Interests: Buddhist studies, religion and colonialism, and Indian ocean networks.



Bronwen Bledsoe

South Asia Curator and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Affliations: Carl A. Kroch Library, Department of Asian Studies, and South Asia Program

Geographic Research Area: Nepal.

Teaching/Research Interests: History and texts of transregional South Asia, esp. social, religious, political and urban history of the Newar people of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.


Iftikhar Dadi

Associate Professor of History of Art

Affiliations: Department of Art, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Asia Art Archive, and South Asia Program.

Geographic Research Area: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Middle East.

Teaching/Research Interests: Modern and contemporary art, methodology and intellectual history, and film, media, and popular cultures.



Durba Ghosh

Associate Professor of History

Affiliations: Department of History, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, and South Asia Program. 

Geographic Research Area: India and Pakistan.

Teaching/Research Interests: History of British colonialism, popular and radical political movements, and gender and sexuality.

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Daniel Gold

Professor of South Asia Religions

Affliations: Department of Asian Studies, Religous Studies Program, and South Asia Program

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: South Asian religions, North Indian devotional traditions, and modern Indian religious movements.


Sital Kalantry

Clinical Professor of Law

Affliations: Law School, International Human Rights Clinic, Avon Global Center for Women & Justice, International Innovation Corp, Peace Brigades International, International Human Rights Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and South Asia Program.

Geographic Research Area: India, United States, and Argentina.

Teaching/Research Interests: International human rights law, women's rights, and economic, social, and cultral rights.


Karim-Aly Saleh Kassam

International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies

Affiliations: Department of Natural Resources, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and South Asia Program

Geographic Research Area: Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China, Alaska, Canada, and Russia.

Teaching/Research Interests: Human and environmental relations, indigenous ways of knowing, food sovereignty, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change.


Neema Kudva

Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning

Affiliations: Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, Visual Studies Program, Nilgiris Field Learning Center, Carl Becker House, and South Asia Program.

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Urbanization, planning theory, research methods, transborder/transdiscipline engaged learning.



Prabhu Pingali

Professor in Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Director of Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCI)

Affiliations: Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition, and South Asia Program.

Geographic Research Area: India, Philippines and Mexico.

Teaching/Research Interests: Agricultural policy, nutrition, poverty, development and the environment.