Faculty Updates - 2011

Ann G Gold, Professor, Religion and Anthropology, was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship for academic year 2010-11 (see p. 3). She published three anthology chapters and co-edited (with K.I. Leonard and G. Reddy) the volume, Histories of Intimacy and Situated Ethnography (Manohar 2010). She gave invited lectures at Kyoto University and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan, as well as at the Universities of Florida and Iowa.

Romita Ray, Assistant Professor, Art & Music Histories, completed her book manuscript, "Under the Banyan Tree: Relocating the Picturesque in British India" last year with the help of an NEH summer stipend, and grants from the Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. After returning from her sabbatical in India, she spent the Spring semester in-residence at Yale where she worked on her book and gave several guest lectures. She has now moved onto a multi-national project centering on Elihu Yale, founder of Yale College and former governor of Fort Saint George in Chennai (Madras). By Maymester, 2011, she will be branching into Bollywood and its aesthetics, a course that she hopes to develop into a regular offering at SU.

Larry Schroeder, Professor, Public Administration, helped plan and participated as a trainer in the training program in Public Policy Analysis and Management for members of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) sponsored by the Government of India under a contract to The Maxwell School Executive Education Program (April – May, 2010) as well as for the training program in Public Policy Analysis and Management for senior members of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) sponsored by the Government of India under a contract to The Maxwell School Executive Education Program (June and August, 2010). He also conducted feasibility study for a pilot sector conditional grant to District Development Committees in Nepal under auspices of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (August 2010). Larry continues his work with IIM Bangalore; he directed the seven-week training program in Comparative Public Policy Analysis in October-November 2010.

Farhana Sultana, Assistant Professor, Geography, organized the highly successful conference 'The Right to Water' at SU, details of which can be found at www.maxwell.syr.edu/waterconference. The conference has led to a forthcoming book and further international collaborations on water. She is also co-organizing the forthcoming Syracuse-Cornell conference focusing on water in South Asia. Farhana delivered invited talks and keynote addresses at a number of universities in the US and UK, published articles on water governance in South Asia, and accepted two new PhD students who are working on India. She also taught a field course in Bangladesh for Maxwell grad students in Summer 2010.

Cecilia Van Hollen, Associate Professor, Anthropology, spent six weeks in Sri Lanka in 2010 doing research on her newest project, “A Biographical Sketch of Miron Winslow: Language, Education, Missionaries, and Identity Politics in Colonial Ceylon and India.” Her article, “HIV/AIDS and the Gendering of Stigma in Tamil Nadu, South India,” was published in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (2010) as well as a book review of Where There is No Midwife: Birth and Loss in Rural India by Sarah Pinto, (Berghahn Books) in Medical Anthropology Quarterly (March 2010). She also gave a lecture based on her HIV/AIDS and reproductive health research at the University of Columbo, Sri Lanka in April 2010, and a presentation for the Society for Medical Anthropology Task-Force for Health Care Reform at the Annual American Anthropological Association Meetings in November.

Susan S. Wadley, Professor, Anthropology, spent a month in India this past fall traveling. While in India, she was quite busy. Sue gave a talk at Hindu College, Delhi University and in Madhubani, Bihar, helped coordinate a workshop on professionalism for students at the Mithila Art Institute, where she has been named to the Board of Directors. Her newest book, Damayanti and Nala: The Many Lives of a Story, was released by Chronicle Books in 2010.

Joanne Waghorne, Professor, Religion, returned to Singapore, May 15 to June 15 to continue here work on Guru-centered global movements in this cosmopolis. She also gave presentations at the Association for Asian Studies in March 2010, the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and at the 3rd Annual Iconic Book Symposium at Syracuse University in October 2010.