Welcome from the Director

Priti Ramamurthy, Director, UW South Asia Center

For over forty years South Asian Studies at the University of Washington has been a leading center for learning about South Asia. It offers inter-disciplinary education and expert training for scholars and professionals seeking to become deeply knowledgeable about South Asia, a region including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The program is structured to prepare a new generation to understand and work with challenges, issues and opportunities in contemporary South Asia based on in-depth historical knowledge. 

The mission of the South Asia Program and Center is to promote inter-disciplinary study of the region with a strong foundation in languages and elective education in humanities, social sciences, and professional fields. Through a series of key investments the University of Washington (UW) has demonstrated its strong support for the eminence and growth of South Asian Studies.

In recognition of its excellence, the Center is one of just nine South Asia National Resource Centers funded by the US Department of Education in the country. Under the auspices of the department grant, we fund seventeen Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships which support undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year and summer.

UW’s faculty in South Asian Studies is of international renown. In the past four years, since 2006-07, we have added seven new faculty members to an already distinguished group. Faculty interests are grouped in Research Clusters on: Ancient and Classical History; Comparative and Political Islam; Development; Late Colonial History and Culture; Linguistics, Epigraphy, Writing Systems; Maharashtra Studies; Medieval History, Culture and Religion; Modern History; Gender; Technology and Society; Urban Politics and Planning; Visual Cultures.

We provide a full range of courses in Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Persian and Sanskrit and support the study of several other Indo-Aryan languages based on student demand.
Undergraduates and professional students regularly study in India. Several undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs in both south and north India are offered.

The academic programs of the center are supplemented and supported by an active outreach program which has effectively linked the South Asia Center to the wider Seattle-area community through public events, distinguished visitors, and conferences.
The excellent UW library includes a highly-reputed and vast collection of materials on South Asia including materials in several South Asian languages. These collections are expertly managed by a specialist South Asia bibliographer.

These resources ensure that undergraduate students at the University of Washington are very well supported to pursue a South Asia Major or Minor in Asian Studies or International Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies. Undergraduates can also major or minor in Sanskrit, Hindi or Urdu in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.

Graduate students can pursue the Masters degree in South Asian Studies. Opportunities are available to pursue joint Masters with several professional schools like Law, Business and Public Affairs. The new Graduate Certificate in South Asian Studies is for graduate students who want to add a South Asia emphasis to their chosen field of study.
Doctoral students in several disciplines can work on thesis projects with strong South Asia faculty expertise.

I encourage you to join the exciting programs and events we offer at UW’s South Asian Studies Program and Center. Please feel free to email me or Keith Snodgrass for further information.

 -Anand Yang
Director, Sou
th Asia Center


South Asia Center
University of Washington
303 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-4800 phone
(206) 685-0668 fax

Anand Yang, Director

Keith Snodgrass, Associate Director

Molly Wilskie-Kala, Program Coordinator

Nick Gottschall, Graduate Student Assistant

Robyn Davis, FLAS Coordinator

Sunila Kale, Graduate Program Coordinator