Current Master’s Students

VINNU KOMANAPALLI MA Student, South Asian Studies


IMG-20150915-WA0006JAYANTHI GOWRISHANKARAN, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BS, Economics, Madras University). Research interests include women,  entrepreneurship, and development in South Asia.

MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA History, Kenyon College). Research interests include Persian and Indo-Persian literary history, cultural history of pre-modern South Asia.
mariam2MARIAM SABRI, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, International Relations, Mount Holyoke College). Research interests include South Asian Islamicate history, Indian Ocean history, Pashtun history and culture, oral history and nomadic societies of South and Central Asia.
IMG_20160401_170621JACKSON STEPHENSON, MA Student, Comparative Religion (BA, Religious Studies, Humboldt State University). Research interests include South Asian religions, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Sanskrit Language and Literature, Tantra, and contemporary South Asian youth cultures.
lorittaLORITTA YING PING CHAN, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, Economics & South Asian Studies, University of Michigan).  Research interests include how caste and value systems influence identity formation and notions of development.
Leh - Srinagar highwayMICHAEL WALSTROM, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, Anthropology, Western Washington University). Research interests include Indian history, society, philosophy and music.

Current Doctoral Students

jessicaJESSICA BACHMAN, PhD History (MA South Asian Studies, University of Washington, 2015; BA, Slavic Languages and Literature, Georgetown University).  Research interests include South Asian urban and environmental history, Indo-Soviet relations, and material culture.
MICHAEL BUTCHER, PhD Asian Languages and Literature, Buddhist Studies (MA Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2015). Research interests: Sanskrit, Prakrit, Indian epigraphy and paleography, history of India and Central Asia, ancient Buddhist manuscripts from India and Central Asia, numismatics.
chris diamondCHRISTOPHER DIAMOND PhD Asian Languages and Literature – South Asia (MA Asian Languages & Literature, University of Washington 2014; BA Hindi and Music, School of Oriental and African Studies). Research Interests: Bhakti devotional history and literature; Hindi poetry; Maithili literature; Vaiṣṇavism; Hinduism; Persian historical texts Current Projects: an analytical study of the Kīrttilatā, a 15th century Avahaṭṭha text by Vidyāpati from Mithila; Maithili drama from the 14th through 17th centuries.
Akanksha MisraAKANKSHA MISRA, PhD candidate Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies (M.A. Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011). Research interests: Comparative study between Turkey and India of Gender Education programs in schools; violence against women and children;  feminist organizations in Turkey and India working with adult survivors of incest.
SUBHASH RAM PRAJAPATI, PhD Student, Ethnomusicology. South Asian Ethnic Music, especially Newar Music from Kathmandu (Nepal); history, language and culture of South Asia.
Reisman_Headshot-smileANDE REISMAN, PhD Candidate (MA, Sociology, University of Washington, 2012). Research interests include using Sociology to understand group identities and social change. Dissertation research is on the effects of male migration on gender equality in households in Nepal.
SushmitaSUSMITA RISHI, Ph.D Candidate, Interdisciplinary Ph.D program in Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments, (M.Arch, Urban & Community Design, Penn State; B.Arch, CCA, PU) Hall-Ammerer WRF Fellow 2011-12, The Graduate School, University of Washington. Research interests: Cities, Citizenship and Democracy, South Asian Urbanism, Spatial expressions of non-dominant citizenships, Social Justice and the City, Growth in Modernist Cities in postmodern era.
Lily ShapiroLILY SHAPIRO, (BA Amherst 2008) Medical anthropology, occupational health, labor, trauma, globalization of medical expertise and technologies; India.
RafeelRAFEEL WASIF, PhD, Political Science, (MA South Asian Studies, University of Washington 2014). Rafeel graduated from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Economics and Political Science, and took a year off working in the social sector. He attained his MA at JSIS while on a Fulbright Fellowship from Pakistan. His research interests include Political Islam, New Media, and NGO Politics in South Asia. Rafeel talks about his Fulbright experience at UW in this post.
KathrynKATHRYN ZYSKOWSKI, PhD candidate Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington; MS.Ed. UPenn. Research interests: Globalization, trans-national communication, identities and representation, nationalism, religion and language ideology; South Asia (India)

Graduated Students

TAYLOR ROCKHILL, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, Columbia College Chicago). His research interests include: Sri Lankan electoral politics and reform, and intergovernmental organizations in South Asia.
kristinKRISTIN GUPTA, MA Student, South Asian Studies (BA, International Political Economy, University of Puget Sound). Research interests include South Asian ecofeminism and cross-cultural conflicts regarding the use of nonhuman animals.
MINNIE RAY CHAUDHURY, MA Student, South Asian Studies. (BS, Anthropology & Art History, The Ohio State University). Research interests include South Asian representation in contemporary digital culture, video games, and cybersecurity.
Krysta WaliaKRYSTA WALIA, MA Student, South Asian Studies  (BA/BS Spanish & Psychology, University of Washington; Master of Social Work, University of Washington). Research interests include Sikh, Punjabi, and South Asian populations in the US and globally.
 Nick GottschallNICK GOTTSCHALL, MA , South Asian Studies (2015) (BA, Religion, Whitman College 2009). Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, New Delhi, 2011-2012. Research interests include popular politics and democracy; politics of development and poverty; gender; and social movements in India.
 QuinnQUINN CLARK, MA , South Asian Studies (2015)(BA, International Studies and Philosophy, Butler University 2011). Research interests include Hindu-Muslim encounters, collective memory, narratives of Sufi history in contemporary communities. PhD student in Religious Studies at Columbia University.
 KelseyKELSEY UTNE, MA,  South Asian Studies (2015) (BA/BS, History & Political Science, Salem State University). Fulbright U.S. Student Program, New Delhi 2012-2013. Research interests include the intersections of gender violence with museums exhibits and the memorialization of national histories of India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Phd student in history at Cornell University.
keith cKEITH CANTU, MA South Asia Studies (2015) (MA South Asia Studies & MA Comparative Religion, University of Washington; BA International Studies, Pepperdine University). Research interests include Bengali esoteric traditions, Sanskrit, and Thelema. Phd Student in Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
 Thilini KTHILINI KAHANDAWAARACHCHI, MA, South Asian Studies (2015) (BA, LL.B. [Honors], National Law School of India University, Bangalore). Thilini is a Fulbright Fellow from Sri Lanka and an Attorney-at-Law. Research interests include geopolitics, history and the strategic significance of the Indian Ocean Region. Prior to joining the University of Washington she worked in law, publishing, NPO and a diplomatic mission.
 HannahHANNAH HAEGELAND, MA, South Asia Studies (2015) (BA, History & English-Literature, Concordia College—Moorhead). Research interests include regional politics and religious identities; nuclear politics; sex labor: gender, rights politics, and migration.
 mansiMANSI MAJITHIA, MA South Asian Studies (2015) (BA, History, University of Illinois at Chicago). Research interests include history of religion and its politics, and South Asian diaspora.
laura randallLAURA RANDALL, MA Comparative Religion (2015). Research interests include Islam in South Asia, women’s resistance movements, and embodied knowledge.
 S. Church2 SUZANNE CHURCH, MA South Asian Studies (2015). (BA, Comparative History of Ideas, University of Washington). Research interests include socio-spatial theory, narratives of the discarded, post-conflict resolution, graphic/visual medium, and Bengali.
AMY PIEDALUE, PhD (2015) (M.A. Geography, Washington, 2010; B.A. Women Studies & International Studies: South Asia, Washington, 2004). Critical development studies, feminist geographies, intersectionality, gender violence, feminist methodologies and praxis, cultural and political geographies. Fellow in Simpson Center’s Certificate in Public Scholarship program; collaborator on community-based research project with API-Chaya’s Peaceful Families Taskforce.
Seth PowellSETH POWELL, MA Comparative Religion (2014). (BA, Religious Studies, Humboldt State University 2010). Hhistory, theory, and praxis of classical and pre-modern yoga traditions in South Asia, and their timely intersections with modern transnational yoga.
Kevin JohnsonKEVIN JOHNSON, MA South Asian Studies, MPA Public Administration. (BA International Studies, Whitworth University 2010). Microfinance institutions and development discourses in Andhra Pradesh.
Andre EliasANDRE ELIAS, PhD Ethnomusicology and MA South Asian Studies University of Washington (BA Cognitive Sciences from Pomona College, MA Music/Critical Studies from UCSD). Research interests include music and culture of South Asia, Spain and Latin America focusing on topics of globalization, nationalism, performance practices, and spirituality. Performs on sitar, tabla, guitar and other strings and skins.
JAMES WIKER, MA South Asian Studies.
MARY SELIG, MA South Asian Studies (2013) (BS Michigan State University).
NABEEHA CAHUDHARY, MA South Asian Studies (2013) (BA Miami University, 2009). Media, Education, and Gender Disparities in Pakistan; role of social organization and religion.
SARAH AHMED, MA South Asian Studies (2013) (BA Hons. Hiram College). West Bengal during the Green Revolution, Women and the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Contemporary Politics in Pakistan. Fall 2014: currently in PhD program in Sociology, University of Oregon.
LETITIA HARMON, MA South Asian Political Economy and Human Rights (2013). (B.A. European Studies, French and Spanish, Seattle Pacific University). Internships for Punarbal Plus, and Himalayan Society for Youth and Women’s Empowerment in Kathmandu, Nepal, and for Sanchetna Ltd. in Lucknow, UP, India.
AMY BHATT, PhD, Women Studies (2011) (B.A. Emory University, 2002). Transnational feminist theory; representations of gender, class, identity; neo-liberalism, social reproduction and temporary migration among diasporic South Asian communities. Assistant Professor of Gender and Women Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
LEAH KOSKIMAKI, PhD, Anthropology (2011) (B.A. Texas). Anthropology of development, agrarian history, nationalism, public sphere, youth culture, Hindi language politics in North India (Uttaranchal). Research Fellow at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
KACY McKINNEY, PhD, Geography (2011) (M.A. UT Austin 2006). Agrarian change, critical development studies, political ecology, the politics of crop biotechnology in India and Brazil. Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography, Middlebury College.
MADHAVI MURTY, PhD, Communications (2011) (M.A. Minnesota). Media studies, construction of difference (social and political); nationalism, popular media discourse; race in America/religion in India.
TANVI PATEL, PhD, Department of English (2011) (B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A. San Diego State University, M.A. University of Washington). Lecturer in English at University of California, Merced. Nineteenth-century British Colonial Victorian and 20th century South Asian Postcolonial literature, including home and domesticity, genre studies, gender, migration and diaspora.
VIKRAM PATTERSON, MA, South Asia Studies, (2012)  (B.A. in International Relations, Hawaii Pacific University, 2008. Research Interests: Indian Foreign Policy, Political economy of India and Asia, Regional economic development, Hindi.
JUNED SHAIKH, PhD, History (2011). Assistant Professor of History, University of California at Santa Cruz
ELIZABETH BRADY EVANS, MA Student, South Asian Studies and Public Affairs (2011) (BSFS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 2003.) US Foreign Service Officer, New Zealand.
ASHLEY DUTTA, MA, South Asian Studies (2010). Policy & Communication Director at Washington Council On International Trade.
CARA NICHOLL, MA, South Asian Studies (2010).
ALLISON STANKO, MA, South Asian Studies (B.A. in Linguistics, University of Illinois). The political-economy of India, privatization, the politics of port and infrastructure development, social costs of development. Associate at EnviroIssues: provides communications and data management support for a variety of transportation, environmental restoration and energy infrastructure improvement projects.
PHELPS FEELEY, MA, South Asian Studies (2007). International Development Consultant, currently Deputy Chief of Party at Libya Transition Initiative.
JEFFREY MASSE, PhD, Geography (2006) (B.A. Puget Sound). Environmental history, commodity chain analysis, bottled water; Nepal, Southeast Asia, South Asia.
NIMAH MAZAHERI, PhD , Political Science (2011). State-business relations and natural resource sectors in India.
RACHEL HEILMAN, MA, South Asian Studies (2007). High school teacher in North Las Vegas; teaching South Asian Culture and Society for the Columbia College Online Campus.
JAMES MUTTI, MA, South Asian Studies (2005). India Country Specialist at Amnesty International USA.
BYRON GRAY, BA, South Asian Studies (2012), Rhodes Scholar. Studying Social & Cultural Anthropology at University of Oxford.
DAVID CITRIN, PhD University of Washington (2012); MPH University of Washington (2011). Director of Impact at Possible Health. Affiliate Instructor of Anthropology at UW. Co-Director of UW Nepal Studies Initiative.
TAPOJA CHAUDHURI, PhD, Anthropology (2009). Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College. Adjunct Assistant Professor at College of Staten Island of the City University of New York.
NANDINI VALSAN, PhD, Anthropology.
MATTHEW BUNT, MA, South Asian Studies (2006). US Department of State.
SAILAJA CHERUKURI, MA, South Asian Studies (1995).
SAHAR ROMANI, MA, South Asian Studies (2008). DPhil Candidate at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University. Visiting Research Scholar in Geography at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
NATHAN KUMAR SCOTT, MA, South Asian Studies (1998). Executive Director at SAGE: Studied Abroad for Global Education.