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anindita

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.

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Alaka Basu

Professor of Development Sociology

 

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Population studies, reproductive health and family planning, gender and dvelopment, child health and mortality, and culture and demographic behavior.

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Arnab Basu

Professor of Applied Economics & Management

 

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Development economics, field experiments, information economics, international trade, and labor economics.

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Kaushik Basu

C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics

 

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Development economics, industrial organization, game theory and welfare economics.

Berry

James Berry

Assistant Professor of Economics

 

Geographic Research Area: India and Africa.

Teaching/Research Interests: Development economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics.

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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.

 

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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.

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Daniel Boucher

Associate Professor of Asian Studies

 

Geographic Research Area: India and China.

Teaching/Research Interests: Mahayan Buddhism, translation, language and religion.

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Jeffrey Chusid

Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning

 

Geographic Research Area: India, China, Ukraine, Fiji and America.

Teaching/Research Interests: Historic cements, modernist architecure, cultural exchange and sustainable development.

 

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Roy Colle

Professor Emeritus of Communications

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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.

 

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Shelley Feldman

Professor Emerita of Sociology

 

Geographic Research Area: Bangladesh.

Teaching/Research Interests: Agriculture development, climate change, community-based approaches, economic development, and environment.

 

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Julia L. Finkelstein

Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition

 

Geographic Research Area: India, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and America.

Teaching/Research Interests: Design and conduct of randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, and surveillance programs in resource-limited settings.

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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.

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Martin Hatch

Professor Emeritus of Music

 

Geographic Research Area: Southeast Asia, Africa and Turkey.

Teaching/Research Interests: Performing arts of Southeast Asia, both past and present.

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Bandara Herath

Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies

 

Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka.

Teaching/Research Interests: Teaching Sinhala as a second language, and English-Sinhala translation.

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Ronald Herring

Professor of Government

 

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Agrarian political economy and agrarian reform; ethnicity and conflict; political ecology and development; and social conflicts around science and genetic engineering.

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David Holmberg

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

 

Geographic Research Area: Nepal and the Himalaya region.

Teaching/Research Interests: Ritual syncretism, ritual and myth with power, state system of forced labor, and history of anthropology of the Himalayas.

 

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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.

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Ravi Kanbur

T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics

Geographic Research Area: India, China, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka.

Teaching/Research Interests: Development economics, public economics and economic theory and international development.

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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.

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Mary Katzenstein

Stephen and Evalyn Professor of American Studies, Emerita

 

Geographic Research Area: India and America.

Teaching/Research Interests: Incarceration, political activism, ethnic activism, and gender.

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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.

 

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Sarosh Kuruvilla

Professor of Industrial Relations, Asian Studies and Public Affairs

 

Geographic Research Area: Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Comparative industrial relations, industrial relations policies and practices, national human resource policies and practices, and economic development policies

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Barbara Lust

Professor of Human Development

 

Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka.

Teaching/Research Interests: Cognitive Science, developmental psychology, and linguistics.

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Bonnie MacDougall

Professor Emeritus of Architecture

 

Geographic Research Area: India and Sri Lanka.

Teaching/Research Interests: Architecture, culture, and society.

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Mukul Majumdar

H.T. Warshow and Robert Irving Warshow Professor of Economics

 

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Sustainable economic development, intertemporal decentralization, dynamical systems: chao-cycles, and allocation theory and international trade theory.

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Kathryn March

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Geographic Research Area: Nepal and the Himalayas.

Teaching/Research Interests: Gender, ethnicity, religion and culture.

mccrea

Larry McCrea

Professor of Asian Studies

 

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Sanskrit poetics, text intergpretation, and Buddhist studies.

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Kaja McGowan

Associate Professor of History of Art

 

Geographic Research Area: India and Indonesia.

Teaching/Research Interests: Gender studies, colonialism, landscape and the human body, and material culture.

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Saurabh Mehta

Associate Professor of Global Health, Epidemiology, and Nutrition

 

Geographic Research Area: India, Kenya and Ecuador.

Teaching/Research Interests: Infectious disease, nutrition, and epidemiology.

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Satya Mohanty

Professor of English

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Critical theory, twentieth-century literature, colonial and postcolonial studies, and modernism and postmodernism.

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Sreemati Mukherjee

Senior Lecturer of Bengali

Geographic Research Area: India and Bangladesh.

Teaching/Research Interests: Bengali and English, esp. linguistic variety in oral Bengali.

 

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Viranjini Munasinghe

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies

 

Geographic Research Area: Trinidad and the Asian Diaspora in the Americas.

Teaching/Research Interests: Ethnicity and nationalism, the politics of exclusion, and nation-building.

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Alan Jeffrey Nussbaum

Professor of Linguistics and Classics

 

Geographic Research Area: Indo-Europe.

Teaching/Research Interests: Indo-European linguistics, and Greek and Latin comparative and historical linguistics.

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Shambhu Oja

Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: Nepal.

Teaching/Research Interests: Nepali language and culture

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Banoo J. Parpia

Director of Asia and Middle East International Development

Geographic Research Area: Asia and Middle East.

Teaching/Research Interests: Nutrition, food science, and cardiology.

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Barry Perlus

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Art, Architecture, and Planning

Geographic Research Area: India, Nepal, China and US.

Teaching/Research Interests: Obervation and intepretation, multimedia art, and science and art.

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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.

 

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Eswar Prasad

Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Geographic Research Area: India, China and other emerging markets.

Teaching/Research Interests: Macroeconomics of financial globalization, financial regulation, and monetary policy frameworks and exchange rate policies in emerging markets

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Kandukuri Venkat Raman

Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and Associate Director of Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project II

Geographic Research Area: India and Bangladesh.

Teaching/Research Interests: Research and technology transfers to promote agricultural innovations. 

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Lucinda Ramberg

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Feminist, postcolonial and queer theories, religion and secularism, medicine and the body

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Naaz Fatima Rizvi

Teaching Associate of Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: India and Pakistan

Teaching/Research Interests: All levels of Urdu and advanced level of Hindi

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Sujata Singh

Lecturer of Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: All levels of Hindi language.

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Eric Tagliacozzo

Professor of History

Geographic Research Area: Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.

Teaching/Research Interests: The history of people, ideas, and material in motion in the Indian Ocean during the late colonial age. 

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Eric Thorbecke

H.E. Babcock Professor of Economics and Food Economics Emeritus

Geographic Research Area: Asia and Africa

Teaching/Research Interests: Economic and agricultural development, the measurement and analysis of poverty and malnutrition, the Social Accounting Matrix and general equilibrium modeling, and international economic policy. 

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Robert Travers

Associate Professor of History

Geographic Research Area: India and Pakistan

Teaching/Research Interests: British Empire, legacy of Indo-Persian politics in colonial era, history of political and economic ideas, and the history of global interconnections.

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Norman Uphoff

Professor Emeritus of Government and International Agriculture

Geographic Research Area: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bhutan.

Teaching/Research Interests: development administration, irrigation management, local participation, agro-ecology, and strategies for broad-based rural development.

 

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Michael Weiss

Professor of Linguistics

Geographic Research Area: Indo-European languages.

Teaching/Research Interests: Indo-European linguistics, especially the historical phonology and morphology of Greek, Latin and the Sabellic languages.  

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Andrew C. Willford

Professor of Anthropology

Geographic Research Area: India, Malaysia and North America

Teaching/Research Interests:  Tamil displacement, revivalism, and identity politics, language and religion, mental health, psychiatry, neurology, and religious healing traditions

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Mary Norman Woods

Professor of Architecture

Geographic Research Area: India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Modern and contemporary urbanism and architecture and comparative modernities in the global south and global north.