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Ali Abbas

Ali Abbas

Ali is a student of applied economics and management. For his research, Ali focuses on issues related to public economics and development economics. His research interests range from studying tax compliance behavior in South Asia to constructing measures of school performance in developing country contexts. Ali has previously been associated with organizations such as the World Bank, the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan and the Brookings Institution.


Hom Acharya

Lecturer of Asian Studies


Geographic Research Area: Nepal.

Teaching/Research Interests: Teaching Nepal as a second language.




Rama Adithya

Rama is a PhD student in Human Computer Interaction. His primary interests lie in the areas of education and development contexts (ICT4D). In particular, he tries to understand ways in which various communities use technologies for achieving their goals and design impactful solutions.


Farhana Ahmad

Farhana is a Phd Student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell. Her research intersects the fields of adaptation planning, water and institutional reform in Bangladesh. Her work examines how and why processes of adaptation planning by institutions differentially affect cities, regions and communities, and the implications of these processes for questions of vulnerability, equity and sustainability.  Farhana's interest in issues of equity in cities comes comes from her 10 plus years of experience working in the international development field.

Tanvir Ahmed

Md. Tanvir Ahmed

2019-2020 Humphrey Fellow

Deputy Director, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)

Program focus: Improve knowledge and expertise on international rural development and work on market linkages of agricultural commodities such as rice in developing countries.


Manasicha Akepiyapornchai

Manasicha is pursuing a PhD in Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture from the Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University. Her project, under the supervision of Lawrence J. McCrea, focuses on the development of the Śrīvaiṣṇavas’ soteriological doctrine of prapatti, especially in the time of Vedāntadeśika. She explores the relationship between Vedāntadeśika’s systematization of prapatti and the production of his multilingual corpus, written in Sanskrit, Maṇipravāḷa, and Tamil.


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.


Daniel Bass

Administrative Manager & Fellowship Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka, India, and South Asian diasporas

Research Interests: Ethnicity, citizenship, tea plantations, diaspora, and popular culture.

Office: 170D Uris Hal


Phone: 607-255-8923




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.


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.


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.


Rohil Bhatnagar

Rohil holds a Bachelor’s engineering degree in Biotechnology from India, and a Master’s degree in Food Science from Cornell. His doctoral research is focused on developing novel iron-rich microalgae composites and exploring their utility as potential fortificants in food commodities to improve iron nutrition. In his role as a Tata-Cornell Scholar, he conducts fieldwork in rural, marginalized communities in India and studies location-specific community trends that modulate nutritional iron status.


Isha Bhatnagar

Isha is a MS/Phd student in the Department of Development Sociology. Her research interests include the study of gender, as a system of knowledge and as practice, specifically in relation to patterns of fertility and the family, with a regional focus on India. In her current work, she is examining the expectations and roles of daughters and parents of daughters, in the context of cultural norms and fertility decline within the political economy of development.


Anne M. Blackburn

Professor of South Asia and Buddhist Studies

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.


Jocelyn Boiteau

Jocelyn is a PhD student and TCI (Tata-Cornell Institute) Scholar in the field of International Nutrition. She holds a BS degree in Nutritional Sciences and is a Registered Dietitian. Her dissertation research focuses on estimating and understanding quantity and quality food loss of fruits and vegetables in Indian food value chains.


Daniel Boucher

Associate Professor of Asian Studies


Geographic Research Area: India and China.

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


Larry Douglas Brown

Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics

Affiliations: Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences



Vincent Burgess

Vincent is a PhD candidate in the Asian Religions doctoral program of the Department of Asian Studies. He has received a 2016-17 Fulbright Student Fellowship to conduct his research over the next year in India.  His research is currently focused on discourses of renunciation and environmentalism against contemporary, north Indian religious traditions, particularly how such discourses have intersected with various conceptions and articulations of modernity.


Allen R. Carlson

Associate Professor of Government

Affliations: Department of Government, Department of Asian Studies, China Asia Pacific Studies Program, Comparative Muslim Societies Program, and East Asia Program


Achyut Chetan

2019-2020 South Asian Studies Fellow

Assistant Professor of English, Santal Parganas College, Dumka, India

Founding Mothers of the Indian Republic in an International Frame


Razima Chowdhury

Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies


Geographic Research Area: Bangladesh and India.

Teaching/Research Interests: Teaching Bangla as a second language.





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.



William Coffman

Academic Director and Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Teaching/Research Interests: Agricultural biotechnology, intellectual property, international agriculture, international development, and plant breeding and genetics 

Kathi Colen Peck

Kathi Colen Peck

Post-Secondary Outreach Coordinator


Office: 152 Uris Hall


Phone: 607-255-2248



Patrick Cummins

Patrick is a Ph.D. student in Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture, who works as an intellectual historian of Sanskrit knowledge systems. His primary areas of interest are Epistemology (Nyāya), Scriptural Hermeneutics of the Vedas (Mīmāṃsā), Sanskrit's Indigenous Grammatical Tradition (Vyākaraṇa), and Sanskrit Poetics (Alaṅkāraśāstra).

Iftikhar Dadi

Iftikhar Dadi

Associate Professor of History of Art and Director of the South Asia Program

Affiliations:  Institute for Comparative Modernities 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.


Iftikhar Dadi

Iftikhar Dadi

Director of the South Asia Program and Associate Professor of History of Art

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.

Office: 170E Uris Hall


Phone: 607-255-8909


Kanchuka Dharmasiri

2019-2020 South Asian Studies Fellow

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Many Phases of Ravana: Transcreations and Rewritings of Ravana in a Post-Colonial Sri Lankan Context


Claire Elliot

Degree: Master of Arts, Asian Studies 

Language: Sinhala

Research Interests: Female Buddhist renunciant orders in Thailand and Sri Lanka 


Kaitlin Emmanuel

Kaitlin holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley (2011) and a M.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University (2017). Her work draws on postcolonial theory, cosmopolitanism, and comparative modernities to examine how socio-political legacies condition art making, particularly in studies of global modernism, nationalism and the subaltern. Under the PhD program in Art History at Cornell, she extends this analysis to her experience working with and researching the Sri Lanka avant-garde.


Kaitlin Emmanuel

Degree: PhD, History of Art

Language: Tamil

Research Interests: Comparative modernities, and modern and contemporary art

Kamala Eyango

Kamala Eyango

Degree: Master of Professional Studies, International Agriculture and Rural Development 

Language: Tamil

Research Interests: Sustainable agricultural practices, food production increase strategies, maximization of land use, rural farmer engagement, and food business markets


Shelley Feldman

Retired Professor of Sociology


Geographic Research Area: Bangladesh.

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



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.

Brenna Fitzgerald

Brenna Fitzgerald

K-12 Outreach Coordinator


Office: Kahin Center


Phone: 607-255-6688


Amy Fothergill

Amy is a Phd student in International Nutrition, in the division of Nutritional Sciences. Her research focuses on micronutrient status and maternal and child health. Specifically, she is interested in elucidating the role of vitamin B12 and other micronutrients in the development and progression of anemia, and she is particularly interested in how these associations may change during pregnancy. Currently, she is working on a periconceptional surveillance program in Southern India.


Karlie Fox-Knudtsen

Karlie is a PhD. student in the Department of Anthropology. There she focuses on India religions, sovereignty, reform movements, temporality, and psycho-analysis. She has completed her Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) Degree at Harvard University Divinity School in the anthropology of South Asian Religions and Sanskrit Literature. Most recently she looked at futurity and sustainability discourses in Western Odisha, mining development and slumification in northwestern Odisha State, and religion and regional sovereignties.


Durba Ghosh

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.


Iago Gocheleishvili

Senior Lecturer of Near Eastern Studies

Geographic Reserach Area: Midle East

Teaching/Research Interests: Democracy in Modern Iran, Russo-Iranian Relations, Constitutional movements in the Middle East, Mongol Rule in the Middle East

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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.


Anya Golovkova

Anna Golovkova completed her PhD in Asian Studies at Cornell in 2017 and was most recently an A. W. Mellon Fellow in Religion at Bowdoin College. She is a historian of religion working on tradition formation and intersections of religion and gender in Hindu Tantric traditions. Her forthcoming monograph, A Goddess for the Second Millennium, examines the early history of worship of Tripurasundarī in a popular transregional tradition, now known as Śrīvidyā.


Raashid Goyal

Raashid is a PhD student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, where he studies early Islamic law and history. His dissertation project aims at reconstructing the earliest phase of legal thought in Islam through the study of the full corpus of primary sources, especially hadith reports, incorporating source-critical and transmission-based methods of analysis.


Kristen Grace

Assistant Director for Advising, Office of Global Learning

Affiliations: Office of Global Learning


Charvi Gupta

Charvi is a graduate student in the City and Regional Planning department at Cornell University. Having a professional background in Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, India, she is currently focussed working towards the inclusion of human factor, within the development and planning framework, to restore the genius loci and facilitate economic growth. 


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.


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.


Ronald Herring

Professor Emeritus 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.


Peter Hobbs

Adjunct Professor and Associate Director of IP-CALS Academic Program

Geographic Research Area: South Asia

Teaching/Research Interests: Tropical cropping systems, international agriculture and rural development, agroforestry systems


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.



Labib Hossain

Labib is a Ph.D. student in the History of Architecture and Urban Development program. His studies focus on the traditional practices (ex. muslin weaving) in monsoon landscape that can offer an alternative reading of human habitation, one that challenges the dry/permanent ground and serves to open a new imagination that shifts us from a divided landscape of contained waters to a ground of wetness.


Samantha Huey

Samantha is a PhD student in International Nutrition, in the division of Nutritional Sciences. Her research focuses on nutritional, immunologic, and microbiological outcomes in children in Mumbai, India. She is particularly interested in how vitamin D status may predict immune function and the gut microbiome composition. Currently, she is in Mumbai, India and is conducting preliminary work for a large randomized biofortification trial among children living in urban slums. 


Camille Jones

Camille is a doctoral student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, studying international nutrition and epidemiology. She is interested in maternal and child nutrition, in particular the role of nutrition interventions in immune system strengthening and disease management and prevention. She currently works in the preliminary stages of a randomized controlled trial in southern India that will assess the potential health benefits of meals containing wheat, pearl millet, lentils and sweet potatoes biofortified with vitamin A, iron and zinc.


Barkha Kagliwal

Barkha is a PhD student at the Department of Science and Technology Studies. In her current work Barkha examines the role of technology in changing the food system in India. She focuses on the packaged foods market to bring out the interaction between science, technology and social order.



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.


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.


Shrey Kapoor

Shrey is a PhD candidate in Development Sociology, and is interested in the contemporary articulations of neoliberalism, Hindutva and the dispossession of marginalized groups in favor of capital-intensive development projects, with a regional focus on Gujarat. He holds master's degrees in International Development from Sciences Po Paris and in International Affairs and Governance from the University of St. Gallen.


Sabrina Karim

Assistant Professor of Government

Geographic Reserach Area: Sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh

Teaching/Reserach Interests: Conflict and Peace Processes, and state building in the aftermath of civil war 


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.


Karim-Aly 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


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.


Kavya Krishnan

Kavya is a PhD student in the field of Soil and Crop Sciences. Her primary research interests are studying soil health – particularly its effects on food security. For the fieldwork component of her PhD, she is working with India-based agricultural universities like the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University in Bihar to advance India’s understanding of soil health.


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.



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


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


Gloria Lemus-Chavez

Administrative Assistant


Office: 170 Uris Hall


Phone: 607-255-8493



Austin Lord

Austin is a PhD Student of Sociocultural Anthropology whose research interests include disaster and aftermath, the political ecology of infrastructure development, anticipation and futurity, the conceptualization of risk and resilience, and the lived experience of uncertainty and environmental change in Nepal.


Barbara Lust

Professor of Human Development


Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka.

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

Delon Madavan

Delon Madavan

2020 Tamil Studies Visiting Scholar

Delon Madavan completed his PhD in Geography at Paris-Sorbonne University (France) in 2013. He is currently Researcher Fellow at the Centre of Studies and Researches on India, South Asia and its Diaspora (CERIAS, University of Québec à Montréal, Canada) and Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre of Studies and Researches on India and South Asia (CEIAS, UMR 8564 CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France).


Aparajita Majumdar

Aparajita is a PhD candidate in the History Department. Her research brings together ideas concerning matter, space and ecology in the histories of resource extraction. She works primarily on the accumulation of 'wild' rubber in the north eastern tracts of British India, with specific interests in scientific forestry, borders and contraband economies.


Mukul Majumdar

Professor Emeritus 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.


Kathryn March

Professor Emerita of Anthropology

Geographic Research Area: Nepal and the Himalayas.

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


Larry McCrea

Professor of Asian Studies


Geographic Research Area: India.

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


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.


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.


Mariangela Mihai Jordan

Mariangela is an Anthropology and Film PhD Candidate. She received her BA in Anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta where she has also worked on issues of refugee political resettlement at the Emory Center for Ethics and the International Rescue Committee. Her current research looks at overlapping nationalisms, identity, and ethnicity in Mizoram (a Northeast Indian state bordering Burma).


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.


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.


Paul Nadasdy

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Affliations: Department of Anthropology and Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future


Yagna Nag Chowdhuri

Yagna is a Phd student in the Department of Asian Studies.  Her research interests lie in the discourses of self-transformations and utopia in post-colonial India. In particular she studies the lives and legacies of three figures: Ramana Maharshi, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Osho. She highlights their contributions in writing a new intellectual history of post-colonial India. She is also interested in the encounters between the ‘East’ and ‘West’ and the makings of spiritual cosmopolitan communities.


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.


Thomas Pepinsky

Associate Professor of Government

Geographic Research Area: Southeast Asia

Teaching/Research Interests: Relationship between economic interests and political outcomes, the interaction between domestic politics and the global economy, emerging markets, authoritarianism and regime survival, and political Islam in Indonesia and beyond


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.


Prabhu Pingali

Professor of Applied Economics and Management & Director of Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (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.



Nipun Prabhakar

2019-2020 South Asian Studies Fellow

Independent Photographer and Architect, New Delhi, India

Portrait of Nepal through its Doors


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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Humera Qasim Khan

2016-2017 Humphrey Fellow


From: Pakistan

Position: Environmental Technical Advisor, QP Corp (Pvt)Limited Environmental Consultants.

Program plan: Environmental impact assessments for climate change.



Katie Rainwater

Katie is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Development Sociology. She is interested in labor and food and agricultural issues. Her dissertation research explores labor relations in the shrimp industries of Bangladesh and Thailand.


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. 


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


Duaa Randhawa

Degree: Master of Professional Studies, International Development 

Language: Urdu

Research Interests: Community formation, development and self-representation among refugees, and filling the gap between state resources and grassroots mobilization in diasporic communities


Jessica Ratcliff

Assistant Professor of Science & Technology Studies

Geographic Reserach Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: History of science and technology, British empire from the 17th through the 19th centuries, science and the state, East India Company and the India Office in the nineteenth century.


Matthew Reyes

Degree: Master of City and Regional Planning

Language: Urdu 

Research Interests: Development in post-conflict Middle Eastern and South Asian urban planning, and ethnic favoritism in infrastructure investment


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


Leala Rosen

Degree: Master of Professional Studies, International Development 

Language: Nepali 

Research Interests: Climate change, agricultural resiliency strategies for small-scale farmers, international nutrition, gender, migration in India and Nepal 


Biswajit Sarmah

Biswajit Sarmah is a PhD candidate in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India, and a Fulbright India Doctoral Research fellow at Binghamton University, working with Prof. Arnab Dey. In his dissertation, Park, People and Politics: An Environmental History of the Kaziranga National Park, he analyzes the contested political, environmental and cultural factors that made the park a ‘successful’ example of Greater One-horned Rhinoceros conservation over the last hundred years.



Payal Seth

Payal is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Applied Economics and Management. Her work is primarily focused on development economics and applied econometrics. As a Tata-Cornell Scholar, her fieldwork involves around 1000 households in 15 rural villages in India as she explores the linkages between sanitation and nutrition.


Sadia Shirazi

Sadia is a doctoral candidate whose research focuses on modern and contemporary art. She holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MArch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shirazi’s dissertation examines translation, untranslatability and withdrawal in global art practices of abstraction that draw from architecture, new media and conceptualism. Her research interests include Architecture and Urbanism, New Media, Translation Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Gender Theory, Black Critical Theory and Performance Studies.

Bruno Shirley

Bruno Shirley

Bruno is a PhD student in the field of Asian Literature, Religion & Culture. He focuses mainly on Pali Buddhist depictions of kings and kingship in Southern Asia, particularly Sri Lanka, and holds an MA in Religious Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.


Ranjit Singh

Ranjit is a PhD candidate in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University. His dissertation project examines the legal, administrative, and technological challenges in the implementation of India’s biometrics-based national identification project, Aadhaar. He is also involved in a research project that traces the conceptualization, design, and implementation of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, India.


Sujata Singh

Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: All levels of Hindi language.


Adam Thomas Smith

Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology

The College of Arts & Sciences


Nidhi Subramanyam

Nidhi is a Ph.D. student in City and Regional Planning, with a concentration in International Studies in Planning. Her research examines how small cities in the global South manage urbanization in the face of demographic and climate change. She studies the provision and management of basic services such as water and sanitation (and the infrastructure that undergirds them) in small cities in India.


Naveen Sunder

Naveen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at Cornell University. His primary research interests are in the fields development economics and labor economics. His research uses cutting edge tools in applied econometrics to answer questions related to health, education, nutrition and gender issues in developing countries. In his dissertation he looks at the intergenerational impact of maternal socioeconomic conditions on health and education of their children in contexts as varied as India and Uganda.


T G Suresh

2019-2020 Fulbright-Nehru Fellow

T G Suresh is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He works in the field of comparative political economy focusing on India and China. His project at Cornell will examine how the social security reforms are affecting the urban informal workers in India and China. His study probes how labor informalities are growing under two different regime types and what are the social security ideas and practices evolving in response


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. 


Anna Thottappilly

Anna is a PhD student in Applied Economics and Management. Her primary research interest lies in looking into issues related to development and social mobility. She is interested in policy-oriented research that could aide in bridging the inequality gap. Prior to Cornell, Anna worked in the capacity of Assistant Professor at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. She graduated with third rank for the Economics Masters program from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.


Michael Tomlan

Professor of City & Regional Planning and Director of Historic Preservation Planning

Geographic Research Area: Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America

Teaching/Research Interests: Relationships between museums and the public, and preservation, planning, and religion 



Angie Torres-Beltran

Angie M. Torres-Beltran is a PhD student in the Government Department at Cornell University. Her research focuses on women’s rights in South Asia, and United Nations peacekeeping operations. More specifically, she investigates the reversal of women's rights in the region. She received her BA in International and Global Studies from the University of Central Florida. She is a Dean’s Excellence Fellow, a Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies Graduate Fellow, and an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.    


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.


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.



Kelsey Utne

Kelsey is a PhD student in the Department of History. Her research focuses on commemoration and public history in late colonial and early postcolonial South Asia, with a particular interest in war memorials and military cemeteries. After she earned a dual BA/BS in history and political science at Salem State University, she was 2012-2013 Fulbright-Nehru student research grant. She went on to complete MA in South Asian Studies at the University of Washington (2015).


Palashi Vaghela

Palashi is a PhD student in the Information Sciences department at Cornell. Her research interests are located in technology policy, design and cultures. She works at the intersection of Information Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Anthrpology. Her doctoral research is on feminist technologies, where she looks at the impact and use of technology in women’s lives trying to resist and subvert patriarchal norms in India.


Shiuli Vanaja

Shiuli is a Ph.D. candidate in the field of Applied Economics and Management and TCI (Tata Cornell Institute) scholar. Her research focuses on the economics of household water use in India. She spent 18 months conducting fieldwork in remote villages of Jharkhand state, where she led a survey team and collected primary data. Her field surveys focused on household drinking water choices, water borne disease, behavioral patterns around household water use, and time use patterns of women in these villages.


Michael Walter

Professor Emeritus of Biological and Environmental Engineering

Geographic Research Area: India

Teaching/Research Interests: Sustainable development, particularly the nexus of water and energy.


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.  


Anthony Wenndt

Anthony is a PhD candidate and TCI Scholar in the section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology.  He holds BA degrees in Biology and Russian Language, and an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Global Development Studies from Grinnell College. His dissertation research focuses on community-driven participatory research approaches for identifying and addressing food safety issues that may give rise to harmful fungal toxins in Indian village food systems.


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


Mary Norman Woods

Professor Emerita 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.


Elaine Yu

Elaine focuses on the effects of vitamin D supplementation among adult patients with tuberculosis (as well as a subset living with human immunodeficiency virus co-infection) in southern India. In a double-blinded randomized control trial, study participants will be randomly assigned to receive different dosages of vitamin D or placebo; biological, immunological, and health indicators will be assessed during the one year follow up period.


Mahrusah Zahin

Degree: Master of Public Administration 

Language: Urdu

Research Interests: Economic development focused on public-private partnerships in South Asia, particularly in Bangladesh