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KEVIN JOHNSON, MA Student, South Asian Studies and Public Affairs (BA International Studies, Whitworth University 2010). Research interests: microfinance institutions and development discourses in Andhra Pradesh.

RAFEEL WASIF, MA Student, South Asian Studies. Rafeel graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Economics and Political Science, and took a year off working in the social sector. He is currently on a Fulbright Fellowship from Pakistan, and his research interests include Political Islam, New Media, and NGO Politics in South Asia.

Rafeel talks about his Fulbright experience at UW on our News page.

SETH POWELL, MA Student, Comparative Religion (BA, Religious Studies, Humboldt State University 2010). Research interests include the history, theory, and praxis of classical and pre-modern yoga traditions in South Asia, and their timely intersections with modern transnational yoga.

Hannah HaegelandHANNAH HAEGELAND, MA Student, South Asia Studies (BA, History and English-Literature, Concordia College—Moorhead). Research interests include regional politics and religious identities; nuclear politics; sex labor: gender, rights politics, and migration.
NICK GOTTSCHALL, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, Religion, Whitman College 2009). Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, New Delhi, 2011-12. Research interests include popular politics and democracy, development, gender, and social movements in India. Nick is currently the South Asia Center's Graduate Student Assistant.
KELSEY UTNE, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA/BS, History and Political Science, Salem State University). Research interests include gender, nationalism, public history/memory, and religious identity in the diaspora.

QUINN CLARK, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, International Studies and Philosophy, Butler University 2011). Research interests include political mobilization in Muslim communities of Uttar Pradesh; identity and belonging theory; representations of Sufism.

ThiliniTHILINI KAHANDAWAARACHCHI, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, LL.B. [Honors], National Law School of India University, Bangalore). Thilini is a Fulbright Fellow from Sri Lanka and an Attorney-at-Law. Her research interests include geopolitics, history and the strategic significance of the Indian Ocean Region. Prior to joining the University of Washington she worked in law, publishing, NPO and a diplomatic mission.

KATHERINE COFELL, MA Student, Geography (BA Geography, Int'l Studies, and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oregon). Feminist geographies, feminist political ecology, transnational social movements, politics of biotechnology, seed saving, and plant breeding.
SUZANNE CHURCH, MA Student, South Asian Studies.
MINNA JIANG, MA Student, South Asian Studies.
JESSICA BACHMAN, MA Student, South Asian Studies.
MANSI MAJITHIA, MA Student, South Asian Studies.

MINNIE RAY CHAUDHURY, MA Student, South Asian Studies. 


ANDRE ELIAS, PhD Ethnomusicology and MA South Asian Studies University of Washington (BA Cognitive Sciences from Pomona College, MA Music/Critical Studies from UCSD). Research interests include music and culture of South Asia, Spain and Latin America focusing on topics of globalization, nationalism, performance practices, and spirituality. Performs on sitar, tabla, guitar and other strings and skins.
ANAGHA HASTINGS, PhD student in Comparative Literature (M.A in Cinema Studies, University of Miami, 2010; M.A in Communication Studies, University of Pune, 2007). Research interests: Cinema studies with a focus on Indian cinema; stardom studies; theories of national cinema. Current project: the construction of gender and femininity through female stars in post-independence Indian cinema.
SUSMITA RISHI, Ph.D Candidate, Interdisciplinary Ph.D program in Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments, (M.Arch- Urban & Community Design-- Penn State; B.Arch-- CCA, PU) Hall-Ammerer WRF Fellow 2011-12- The Graduate School , University of Washington. Research interests: Cities, Citizenship and Democracy, South Asian Urbanism, Spatial expressions of non-dominant citizenships, Social Justice and the City, Growth in Modernist Cities in postmodern era.
LILY SHAPIRO, (BA Amherst 2008) Medical anthropology, occupational health, labor, trauma, globalization of medical expertise and technologies; India.
KATHRYN ZYSKOWSKI, PhD candidate Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington; MS.Ed. UPenn. Research interests: Globalization, trans-national communication, identities and representation, nationalism, religion and language ideology; South Asia (India)
ANNA COHEN, PhD Student, Anthropology (M.A. U Chicago, B.A. McGill). Politics and history of archaeology; political economy, social stratification, consumption; urbanism; Early Historic and Medieval South Asia, West Mexico.
JEFFREY MASSE, PhD Student, Geography (B.A. Puget Sound). Environmental history, commodity chain analysis, bottled water; Nepal, Southeast Asia, South Asia.
NIMAH MAZAHERI, PhD Candidate, Political Science. State-business relations and natural resource sectors in India.
SUBHASH RAM PRAJAPATI, PhD Student, Ethnomusicology. South Asian Ethnic Music, especially Newar Music from Kathmandu (Nepal); history, language and culture of South Asia.
AMY PIEDALUE, PhD Student (M.A. Geography, Washington, 2010; B.A. Women Studies & International Studies: South Asia, Washington, 2004). Critical development studies, feminist geographies, intersectionality, gender violence, feminist methodologies and praxis, cultural and political geographies. Fellow in Simpson Center's Certificate in Public Scholarship program; collaborator on community-based research project with API-Chaya's Peaceful Families Taskforce. Currently prepping for PhD exams, and preparing to leave for 11 months of field research in north India (in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand) beginning in December 2012.

JAMES WIKER, MA South Asian Studies.
MARY SELIG, MA South Asian Studies (BS Michigan State University).
NABEEHA CAHUDHARY, MA South Asian Studies (BA Miami University, 2009). Media, Education, and Gender Disparities in Pakistan; role of social organization and religion.
SARAH AHMED, MA South Asian Studies (BA Hons. Hiram College). West Bengal during the Green Revolution, Women and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Contemporary Politics in Pakistan. Fall 2014: entering PhD program in Sociology, University of Oregon.
LETITIA HARMON, MA South Asian Political Economy and Human Rights. (B.A. European Studies, French and Spanish, Seattle Pacific University). Internships for Punarbal Plus, and Himalayan Society for Youth and Women's Empowerment in Kathmandu, Nepal, and for Sanchetna Ltd. in Lucknow, UP, India.
AMY BHATT, PhD, Women Studies (B.A. Emory University, 2002). Transnational feminist theory; representations of gender, class, identity; neo-liberalism, social reproduction and temporary migration among diasporic South Asian communities. Assistant Professor of Gender and Women Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
LEAH KOSKIMAKI, PhD, Anthropology (B.A. Texas). Anthropology of development, agrarian history, nationalism, public sphere, youth culture, Hindi language politics in North India (Uttaranchal). Research Fellow at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
KACY McKINNEY, PhD, Geography (M.A. UT Austin 2006). Agrarian change, critical development studies, political ecology, the politics of crop biotechnology in India and Brazil. Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography, Middlebury College.
MADHAVI MURTY, PhD, Communications (M.A. Minnesota). Media studies, construction of difference (social and political); nationalism, popular media discourse; race in America/religion in India.
TANVI PATEL, PhD, Department of English (B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A. San Diego State University, M.A. University of Washington). Lecturer in English at University of California, Merced. Nineteenth-century British Colonial Victorian and 20th century South Asian Postcolonial literature, including home and domesticity, genre studies, gender, migration and diaspora. 
VIKRAM PATTERSON, MA, South Asia Studies, 2012 (B.A. in International Relations, Hawaii Pacific University, 2008. Research Interests: Indian Foreign Policy, Political economy of India and Asia, Regional economic development, Hindi.
JUNED SHAIKH, PhD, History. Assistant Professor of History, University of California at Santa Cruz
ELIZABETH BRADY EVANS, MA Student, South Asian Studies and Public Affairs (BSFS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 2003.) US Foreign Service Officer, New Zealand.
ASHLEY DUTTA, MA, South Asian Studies. Policy & Communication Director at Washington Council On International Trade.
CARA NICHOLL, MA, South Asian Studies.
ALLISON STANKO, MA, South Asian Studies (B.A. in Linguistics, University of Illinois). The political-economy of India, privatization, the politics of port and infrastructure development, social costs of development. Associate at EnviroIssues: provides communications and data management support for a variety of transportation, environmental restoration and energy infrastructure improvement projects.
PHELPS FEELEY, MA, South Asian Studies. International Development Consultant, currently Deputy Chief of Party at Libya Transition Initiative.
RACHEL HEILMAN, MA, South Asian Studies. High school teacher in North Las Vegas; teaching South Asian Culture and Society for the Columbia College Online Campus.
JAMES MUTTI, MA, South Asian Studies. India Country Specialist at Amnesty International USA.  
BYRON GRAY, BA, South Asian Studies, Rhodes Scholar. Studying Social & Cultural Anthropology at University of Oxford.
DAVID CITRIN, PhD, Medical Anthropology; MPH, Global Health. Director of Impact at Possible Health. Affiliate Instructor of Anthopology at UW.
TAPOJA CHAUDHURI, PhD, Anthropology. Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College. Adjunct Assistant Professor at College of Staten Island of the City University of New York.  
NANDINI VALSAN, PhD, Anthropology. 
MATTHEW BUNT, MA, South Asian Studies. US Department of State, Vancouver, BC.  
SAILAJA CHERUKURI, MA, South Asian Studies.
SAHAR ROMANI, MA, South Asian Studies. DPhil Candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University. Visiting Research Scholar in Geography at the City University of New York Graduate Center.   
NATHAN KUMAR SCOTT, MA, South Asian Studies. Executive Director at SAGE: Studied Abroad for Global Education.


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