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Visiting scholars


Waruni Anuruddhika

2016-2017 Fulbright Fellow


From: Sri Lanka

Position: Independent Filmmaker / Director of Photography

Program Plan: Conducting research on her proposed project for Fulbright professional award, A Photographic Journey of the Ritualistic Worship of Goddess Pattini of Marginalized Community in Urban Sri Lanka.


Sanjeeb Baral

2016-2017 Humphrey Fellow


From: Nepal

Position: Project Manager of the Budhi Ganga Hydropower Project.

Program plan: Water management - hydropower.



Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter works on South Asia as a comparative political theorist, focusing on Tamil-speaking South India and Non-Brahmin politics.  As a Visiting Scholar in the South Asia Program, he is working towards the completion of a book manuscript tentatively titled The Politics of Embrace: On the Non-Brahmin Self-Respect Critique of Gandhian Self-Rule.


Gaytri Devi

2016-2017 Humphrey Fellow



Position: Completed Masters in May 2016, Azim Premji University and Former Intern at William Clinton Foundation.

Program Plan: Developing livelihood opportunities for the women by enhancing their agricultural skills, enabling market access, and providing educational programs for their children.



Humera Khan

2016-2017 Humphrey Fellow


From: Pakistan

Position: Environmental Compliance Specialist, Chemonics International Inc., USAID Contractor.

Program plan: Environmental impact assessment, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and economic appraisal techniques.



T.V. Sekher

2016-2017 Fulbright-Nehru Fellow


From: India

Position: Professor, International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai

Program plan: Understanding Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) schemes from international experiences as a strategy to empower girls and women in less developed countries


Sumathy Sivamohan

2017 Tamil Studies Visiting Scholar

From: Sri Lanka

Position: Professor of English at the University of Peradeniya

Program Plan: Teaching ASIAN 4437, “Formations of Tamil Identity in Postcolonial Sri Lanka: Intersections of Class, Caste and Gender in Telling the Story of the Tamil."



Gopalakrishnan Veilumuthusamy

2016-2017 Humphrey Fellow


From: India

Position: Counsellor, Confederation of Indian Industry.

Program plan: Green supply chain, climate change and emissions as it relates to shipping industry and logistical management (warehouse design, cost reduction and training).