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Visiting scholars

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.


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


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


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.

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).


Nipun Prabhakar

2019-2020 South Asian Studies Fellow

Independent Photographer and Architect, New Delhi, India

Portrait of Nepal through its Doors


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.



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