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
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.” Her dissertation (in process) addresses the variety of performative responses to the 2012 Delhi gang rape of the woman the media have named Nirbhaya.
Department: Anthropology and School of Music
Area of Specialization: Processional music, religious festivals, and urban geography in colonial and post-colonial India
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
Area of Specialization: Tahira is a second year masters student focusing on International and education development in South Asia. Tahira spent the summer of 2014 working on various development projects as an intern for a Pakistani NGO, The National Rural Support Program. Thanks to the FLAS award for the 2014-15 academic year, Tahira is studying Urdu and taking other area studies courses to aid her understanding of the region.
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. 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.
Department: La Follette School of Public Affairs and Urban & Regional Planning
Area of Specialization: Development and stability in a COIN environment, DoD Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP), War in Afghanistan, conflict management, post-conflict redevelopment
Department: Languages and Cultures of Asia
Area of Specialization: Muslim India, theatre and performance, Urdu literature
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.