South Asia

The Department of Anthropology has three members who specialize in South Asia, with a range of colleagues in other departments. Susan S. Wadley (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1973) focuses on social change, gender roles, and oral traditions in northern India; Cecilia Van Hollen's (Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley and San Francisco, 1998) interests are in medical anthropology, gender, development, and nationalism in South Asia, especially India; and Ann Gold (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1984) works on religion, environmental history, and gender. Other colleagues with anthropological interests include Tazim Kassam, a scholar of religion who works with Islam, gender and performance; Carol Babiracki, an ethnomusicologist who works in eastern India. Hindi language training is offered by Tej Bhatia, of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, along with Anand Dwivedi, Associate Director of the South Asia Center.

Syracuse University has a National Resource Center for South Asian Studies as part of the Moynihan Institute for Global Affairs, with funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Center links together more than twenty faculty from across campus, as well as some seventy graduate students with interests in South Asia. Graduate students can earn a Graduate Certificate in South Asian Studies, while undergraduates can minor in South Asian Studies. The South Asia Center sponsors a lecture series (focusing last year on religious sites with Hindu-Muslim interactions), workshops and additional courses. In addition, funding for students who are American citizens is available through the South Asia Center’s FLAS fellowships. Funding for non- U.S. citizens must be sought from the department or university. The South Asia Center and GAI provide funding for pre-dissertation research through the Bharati Memorial Scholarship Fund.