Faculty Updates - 2014

Tula Goenka has just put the finishing touches on her forthcoming book, Not Just Bollywood: Indian Directors Speak, which is being released by Om Books.

Ann Gold has been named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 2014-15. She has also been awarded a 9-month residential writing fellowship at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina and will be living in Chapel Hill for the coming academic year. She will be completing a book manuscript provisionally titled “Shiptown: North Indian Lives between Rural and Urban.”

Tazim Kassam edited a volume with Eliza Kent called Lines in Water: Religious Boundaries in South Asia, published by Syracuse University Press. A number of SU faculty and alumni contributed to the volume.

Prema Kurien received a National Science Foundation grant for her project, “Incorporation of Minorities in Canada and the United States.” She also received a research paper award from the Asia and Asian American section of the American Sociological Association for her article, ‘Decoupling Religion and Ethnicity: Second-Generation Indian American Christians” in Qualitative Sociology 2012, 35(4):447- 468.

Romita Ray has been awarded a 2014 Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to undertake archival research in the UK, for her book about the visual cultures of tea consumption in colonial and postcolonial India. This year she also presented research papers on different threads of her tea book at Dumbarton Oaks, Skidmore College, Hunter College (CUNY), Yale University, and the College of Holy Cross.

Yuksel Sezgin’s new book “Human Rights under StateEnforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India“ was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2013.

Farhana Sultana won the 2014 Moynihan Challenge as well as receiving additional funds from PARCC and CEPA for an international workshop to be held in early 2015 on climate change adaptation. In other exciting news, Farhana’s 2012 edited volume, “The Right to Water: Politics, Governance, and Social Struggles” has been recently translated into two other languages, Polish and Spanish.

Susan Wadley is the editor of “South Asia in the World: An Introduction” (M.E. Sharpe 2013), a collection of case studies that provides a multidisciplinary introduction to the region. Many of the South Asia Center faculty, graduate students, and alumni contributed to the volume.

Cecilia Van Hollen’s newest book, “Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India” has been released by Stanford University press. The book has received a good deal of positive attention in the media including a review in the USAID’s Bureau of Global Health blog and the Times of India