Current Graduate Students
Poonam Argade--Social Science PhD
Adrienne Atterberry-Sociology PhD
Area: United States and India
Adrienne's research focuses on
educational migration from India to the US with a concentration on how students
prepare to complete higher education in the US.
Parvathy Binoy-Geography PhD
Parvathy's dissertation investigates the historical production of dispossession and its relationship to specific geographies of waste in the context of neoliberal India. Her research interests include Marxism, neoliberalism, feminist geography, and social movements in South Asia.
Emera Bridger Wilson-Anthropology PhD
Title: Livelihoods in Motion: Understanding Tourism Work in Eastern Rajasthan
Emera's research examines the way that caste and class shape understandings of tourism, development and work among cycle rickshaw pullers in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Stephen Christopher-Anthropology PhD
Stephen's research focuses on ethnicity, resource competition and cosmopolitanism in Dharamsala, India. Home to indigenous Gaddi tribals, Tibetan refugees and the Dalai Lama, and an ever-rising tidal wave of domestic and international tourism, Dharamsala is a small place nestled in the mountains with a lot going on.
Dimple Dhanani--Religion PhD
Trudy DeLong-Anthropology PhD
Area: India, Thailand
Trudy is researching post-operative experiences of people who have decided to sell kidneys, how body parts move from body to body, and the global commodification of specific bodies over others.
Sreyoshi Dey-Communications PhD
Sreyoshi's dissertation research looks into the use of social
media in India, the country with the second highest number of Internet users
globally, with particular focus on the aspect of queer identity
constructions in the digital space. Research Interests: Social media, Identity
studies, Media and Diversity, South Asian diaspora.
Ross Freedenberg-Anthropology PhD
Area: The Caribbean, US
Ipshita Ghosh--Anthropology PhD
Area: India, US
Ipshita's research interests include social entrepreneurship, NGOs, anthropology of development
Mallory Hennigar-Religion PhD
research focuses on communities of dalit/SC Buddhists in Nagpur, Maharashtra
and their efforts to build a pan-Indian Buddhist community and to connect with
transnational Buddhist networks. She is interested in the relationship between
caste, class, and religion in people's construction of Buddhist
Zainab Khalid-Anthropology PhD
Hamza Khalil-Anthropology PhD
Jocelyn Kilmer-Anthropology PhD
Jocelyn's research explores the social world of biomedicine
in and around Jaipur, Rajasthan through an ethnographic study of women doctors.
Her current focus is on the gendered constructions of risk and space that
discourage women doctors from serving in rural areas, as well as the
intersections of gender and class that render women doctors' problems invisible
to the state's public health apparatus.
Natasha Susan Koshy-Social Science PhD
Natasha's areas of interest include gender and rural livelihoods, with a focus on agriculture and food.
Ajaya Mali--Anthropology PhD
Liz Mount-Sociology PhD
Liz’s research interests are women’s and queer/LGBT movements and activism in India, particularly in relation to notions of globalization and cosmopolitanism. Her work engages with transnational feminist analyses and praxis, postcolonial studies and critical race studies.
Lalit Narayan-Anthropology PhD
Lalit's research addresses the social, political and economic factors that influence the practice of medical students and doctors in India.
Aarti Patel--Religion PhD
Retika Rajbhandari-Anthropology PhD
Area: Nepal, US
Retika's research examines
emergent refugee subjectivities of Nepali-Bhutanese refugees who are resettling
in the United States from refugee camps in Nepal.
Raza Habib Raja-Political Science PhD
Taapsi Ramchandani-Anthropology PhD
Area: Trinidad and Tobago
Taapsi's research falls within the realm of civic anthropology and broadly encompasses bureaucracy,
collaborative governance, and the modern state. For the past two years, she has
been studying local government reform and decentralization in Trinidad and
Tobago, and she is interested in the ways in which new collaborations are formed with
non-state actors in the name of participatory governance.
Krishna Ranaware--Social Science PhD
Moushumi Shabnam-Anthropology PhD
Area: United States and Bangladesh
Title: Construction of Muslim identity in the post 9/11 era
Moushumi investigates class, gender, ethnic and family backgrounds, and length of residency in the U.S. in the process of identity construction for the Muslim American immigrants in the post 9/11 U.S.
Jay Sharma--Anthropology PhD
Prakhar Sharma-Political Science PhD
Jenna Sikka-Sociology PhD
Area: United States and India
Jenna's areas of interest include international migration
and transnationalism, women and gender studies, qualitative methods and South
Asia. Her dissertation project seeks to
explore a recent and significant trend among first-generation Indian American
families who have had an otherwise 'successful' migration experience in the
United States: making a permanent move back to India.
Taveeshi Singh-Social Science PhD
Taveeshi's interests include gender, domesticities, women's work and the military.
Ruma Sinha-English PhD
Silas Webb-History PhD
Alisa Weinstein-Anthropology PhD
Tailor Made in India: clothing local and global bodies in
Bernadette White-Sociology PhD
Bernadette's research interests include rural sociological issues, developmental sociology, and political sociology in India.