Rachel Weiss has been with the Center for South Asia since September 2001. Rachel received a B.A. in Art History with a focus in Asian Art and M.A. in South Asian Studies in which she focused her studies on Religions of India at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rachel currently serves as the center’s Assistant Director, Outreach Coordinator, and Advisor for the Undergraduate Certificate in South Asian Studies.
Rachel served as the Project Director for two Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad to India in the summer of 2003 and summer of 2005, in which she led a group of educators from the state of Wisconsin to India on a curriculum development project. Rachel coordinated a 2-week program in India and served as the co-chair for the Wisconsin Rural Leadership’s program in India (January 2008), providing a group of Wisconsin’s leaders with an in depth educational program.
After high school, Rachel’s first experience in South Asia was on a semester-long program in Kathmandu, Nepal – Sojourn Nepal. As an undergraduate, Rachel studied in Madurai, Tamilnadu on the University of Wisconsin’s College-Year-in-India program and studied Tamil language and researched a caste of traditional potters, studying their art and religious traditions. After graduate school, Rachel received an academic year AIIS Fellowship to study Tamil Language in Madurai, Tamilnadu. Rachel remained in Madurai for two additional years, serving as the “Monitor” for the College-Year-in-India, Madurai Program.