Area of Specialization: Rachael Goodman is a PhD candidate in anthropology. For her dissertation she is researching how villagers and NGO staff members in Uttarakhand, India reshape NGO projects as they are implemented to meet the different goals of villagers, local-level staff members, project planners at NGO headquarters, and the NGO’s donors. Although NGO projects rarely unfold as any of these groups expect, they all continue to participate and herresearch aims to find out why – what exactly are projects able to do on the ground. Preliminary research for this project was supported by a grant from the Center for South Asia. This spring she will return to India for a year of research supported by a Fulbright-Hays fellowship.
Area of Specialization: Gregg is currently a PhD candidate in the Archaeology section of the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, He is currently completing his dissertation under the guidance of Professor J. M. Kenoyer and serving as a Teaching Assistant for Anthropology 100: General Anthropology. His dissertation focuses on the production technologies and variability of inscribed steatite seals of the Indus or Harappan civilization (2600-1900 BCE), south Asia’s earliest urban society and one of the oldest known in the entire world. Using innovative complementary methods including experimental and ethnoarchaeological studies, formal stylistic and metric analysis, and scientific studies of seals, he is fingerprinting groups of seals that would have been produced in different workshops throughout the Indus. These data are being used to evaluate current models of Indus social and political organization and control, which remain poorly understood and contested. Gregg’s research has taken him to Pakistan and India on multiple occasions, where he has excavated at several Harappan sites, conducted experimental research and artifact analysis, and worked with stone carvers to model sources of variation in Indus carving techniques. Upon completing his dissertation he plans to pursue a career as a university instructor focusing on south Asian archaeology.
Area of Specialization: Joy Johnson received her MA last spring in the History of South Asia. She is now continuing her PhD studies in the U.S. History program, studying South Asian Americans as they have responded to developments in U.S. education policy. Her research also looks at associations formed in the U.S. around various South Asian identities and at the transnational applications of conceptions of “Indian” history.
Department: Languages and Cultures of Asia
Area of Specialization: Sanskrit Jurisprudence, Theory and Law, South Asian History
Department: Languages and Cultures of Asia and Theatre & Drama
Area of Specialization: Katherine Lieder is currently working toward a joint PhD in Theatre Research and Languages and Cultures of Asia. She recently directed the play Lights Out by Manjula Padmanabhan, which explores the ethics of witnessing violence against women in Mumbai. She has studied Hindi in Jaipur and Bangla in Bangladesh. This summer she hopes to continue her Bangla in Kolkata. She is currently in the midst of developing two papers for publication, one titled “Ethical Wtinessing and Affective Relationality, or Can the Subaltern Scream?” and the other, “Woman as Auteur: Performing ‘Not-Feminism’ in Modern Indian Theater.”
Department: Population Sciences and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Area of Specialization: Vijay Limaye studies the public health impacts of air pollution in India, particularly in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. During his time as a graduate student, he has been fortunate to participate in the South Asian Summer Language Institute (Hindi) and earned a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship in 2011 to continue language study. After graduation, he is interested in continuing work to address linked environmental and public health challenges in South Asia.
Department: Anthropology and School of Music
Area of Specialization: Processional music, religious festivals, and urban geography in colonial and post-colonial India
Area of Specialization: Indus Valley civilization and interactions with eastern Arabia
Department: Educational Policy Studies (Comparative & International Education)
Area of Specialization: Education and development, anthropology of policy, child labor and vulnerability, childhood studies
M.A . STUDENTS
Department: La Follette School of Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning
Area of Specialization: Projects on South Asia: development and stability in a COIN environment and DoD Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP), War in Afghanistan
Department: Languages and Cultures of Asia
Area of Specialization: Jordynn Peter is a senior majoring in Languages and Cultures of Asia with a certificate in South Asian Studies. She has focused her studies on India by taking Hindi through 6th semester, for which she received the FLAS scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. In the summer of 2013 she took part in the Pune, Maharashtra study abroad program. During her stay in India she had an internship at Saheli Sangh, a sex workers collective in the red light area of Pune, where she worked on documenting cases of illegal adoption among sex workers. Since my return, she has been working on a senior thesis with Professor Vinay Dharwadker about her experience and further researching how a NGO like Saheli can help women in regards to adoption.