Graduate Alumni

Below is a comprehensive list of all PhD graduates from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago since the Department’s inception in 1966. Please note that the job placement/position information is listed according to the best knowledge of SALC. If you have more current information, please contact the Department here.

2016

AMBROSONE, ELLEN

 
South Asian Studies Librarian, Robert W. Woodruff Library.  Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Dissertation: Making Modern Malayalam: Literary and Educational Practices in Nineteenth-Century Kerala

MOMIN, WAFI

Head of Ismaili Special Collections Unit, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, United Kingdom

Dissertation: The Formation of the Satpanth Ismaili Tradition in South Asia

2015

ROYCHOUDHURI, RANU

Assistant Professor, Nalanda University, Rajgir, India

Dissertation: The Public Lives of Photographs: Aesthetic Conventions and Sociocultural Change in Twentieth-Century India

LOEWY SHACHAM, ILANIT

GRAD Talk Coordinator, University of Chicago

Dissertation: Kṛṣṇadevarāya's Āmuktamālyada and the Narration of a Śrīvaiṣṇava Community

2014

GHOSH, ABHISHEK

Assistant Professor, Liberal and Religious Studies, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Dissertation: Vaiṣṇavism and the West: A Study of Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinod's Encounter and Response, 1869-1909

WRIGHT, SAMUEL

Assistant Professor, School of Historical Studies, Nalanda University, Rajgir, Bihar

Dissertation: The Expansion of a Discipline: Intellectual Change in Nyaya-Sastra in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century India

2013

BLOCH, EMILY

Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dissertation:  Making Sense of Nonsense: A Contextual Study of the Art of Sukumar Ray

DELACY, RICHARD

Preceptor in Hindi and Urdu, South Asian Studies, Harvard University

Dissertation: Politics, Pleasure and Cultural Production: Writing about Hindi Fiction in Post-Liberalization South Asia

GANDOTRA, SMITA

Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi

Dissertation: In Search of a Subject: Stri Upayogi Sahitya, 1870-1930

HUNTINGTON, ERIC

Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Department of Religion, Princeton University

Dissertation: Portrait of a Landscape: Depictions of the Meru Cosmos in Buddhist Art & Culture

KOVACS, HAJNALKA

 

Instructor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University

Dissertation: “The Tavern of the Manifestation of Realities”: the Masnavi Muhit-i A`zam by Mirza `Abd al-Qadir Bedil (1644–1720)

2012

DEY, ARNAB

Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Binghamton University

Dissertation: Of Planters, Ecology and Labor: Plantation Worlds, Human History and Nonhuman Actors in Eastern India (Assam), 1840-1910

FISCHEL, ROY

Lecturer, Department of History, SOAS University of London

Dissertation: Society, Space, and the State in the Deccan Sultanates, 1565-1636

GHOSE, RAJARSHI

Assistant Professor in History, Center for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

Dissertation: Politics for Faith: Karamat Ali Jaunpuri and Islamic Revivalist Movements in British India Circa 1800-73

HE, XI

Robert H. N. Ho Family Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2016), Buddhist Studies, University of California Berkeley

Dissertation: Experiencing the Graceful and the Joyful: A Study of the Literary Aesthetics and Devotional Emotion of the "Lalitavistara"

SATPATHY, SIDDHARTH

Associate Professor, Department of English, Central University of Hyderabad

Dissertation: A Literary History of the Pastoral Subject

2011

DUBROW, JENNIFER

Assistant Professor, Asian Languages & Literature, University of Washington

Dissertation: From Newspaper Sketch to "Novel": The Writing and Reception of Fasana-e Azad in North India, c. 1878-1880

HAMILTON, AMANDA

Dissertation: Inhabiting the Middle Race: How Five Eurasian Men Walked the Color Line in British India, 1778-1852

2010

BIRKENHOLTZ, JESSICA

Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Dissertation: The Svasthani Vrata Katha: Translating Self, Place, and Identity in Hindu Nepal

KROLL, ETHAN

Associate, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Dissertation: A Logical Approach to Law

LEONARD, SPENCER

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, James Madison University

Dissertation: A Fit of Absence of Mind? Illiberal Imperialism and the Founding of British India, 1747-1776

2009

KNUTSON, JESSE

Assistant Professor of Sanskrit and Bengali, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages & Literatures, University of Hawai’I Mānoa

Dissertation: The Consolidation of Literary Registers and the World of the Senas: Late Twelfth/ Early Thirteenth-Century Bengal

O’DONNELL, ERIN

Assistant Professor, Department of History, East Stroudsburg University

Dissertation: History, Trauma and Remembering: The Construction of a Postcolonial Bengali Cultural Identity in Ritwik Ghatak's Films

2008

AHMED, MANAN

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Columbia University

Dissertation: The Many Histories of Muhammad B. Qasim: Narrating the Muslim Conquest of Sindh

FUHRMANN, ARNIKA

Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

Dissertation: Ghostly Desires: Sexual Subjectivity in Thai Cinema and Politics after 1997

KINRA, RAJEEV

Associate Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University

Dissertation: Secretary-Poets in Mughal India and the Ethos of Persian: The Case of Chandar Bhan Brahman

TIWARI, BULBUL

Part-Time faculty, Cultural Foundations (Liberal Studies Core), New York University

Dissertation: Maha Multipedia: A Nine-Night Performance of the "Mahabharata" Reworked in Mixed Media

2007

PALSHIKAR, SHREEYASH

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Albright College, Reading, PA

Dissertation: Breaking Bombay, Making Maharashtra: Media, Identity Politics and State Formation in Modern India

YAZIJIAN, EDWARD

Lecturer, Asian Studies, Furman University

Dissertation: From Performance to Literature: The “Candimangala” Of Kavikankana Mukundarama Cakravarti

2006

COX, WHITNEY

Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Dissertation: Making a Tantra in Medieval South India: The Maharthamañjari and the Textual Culture of Cola Cidambaram

SAHOTA, GURIQBAL

Assistant Professor, Literature Department, University of California Santa Cruz

Dissertation: A Literature of the Sublime in Late Colonial India: Romanticism and the Epic Form in Modern Hindi and Urdu

SOOD, ADITYA

Dissertation: The Matha State: Kinship, Asceticism and Institutionality in the Public Life of Karnataka

2005

CHANDRA SHOBHI, PRITHVI

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, San Francisco State University

Dissertation: Pre-Modern Communities and Modern Histories: Narrating Virasaiva and Lingayat Selves

GAUTAM, SANJAY

Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Colorado Boulder

Dissertation: Conflict of Callings: Literature, Politics, and the Birth of Pain in the Poetry of Muktibodh (1917-1964)

NICHOLSON, ANDREW

Associate Professor, Asian and Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University

Dissertation: Doctrine and Boundary-Formation: The Philosophy of Vijñanabhiksu in Indian Intellectual History

STEELE, LAUREL

Retired Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State

Dissertation: Relocating the Postcolonial Self: Place, Metaphor, Memory and the Urdu Poetry of Mustafa Zaidi (1930-1970)

2004

AYRES, ALYSSA

Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State

Dissertation: Speaking Like a State: Nationalism, Language, and the Case of Pakistan

BLEDSOE, BRONWEN

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Curator of the South Asia Collection, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

Dissertation: Written in Stone: Inscriptions of the Kathmandu Valley’s Three Kingdoms

FAIR, C. CHRISTINE

Assistant Professor, Center for Peace and Security Studies, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Dissertation: The Historical Novels of Bhai Vir Singh: Narratives of Sikh Nationhood

MOOKERJEA-LEONARD, DEBALI

Associate Professor, Department of English, James Madison University

Dissertation: Unfinished Histories: Gendered Violence and National Identity in Women's Writings

VAJPEYI, ANANYA

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Boston

Dissertation: Politics of Complicity, Poetics of Contempt: A History of the "Sudra" in Maharashtra 1650-1950 Ce

2003

BUSCH, ALLISON

Associate Professor, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Dissertation: The Courtly Vernacular: The Transformation of Brajbhasa Literary Culture (1590-1690)

MAJUMDAR, ROCHONA

Associate Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Dissertation: Marriage, Modernity, and Sources of the Self: Bengali Women c. 1870-1956

ROTMAN, ANDREW

Professor, Department of Religion, Smith College

Dissertation: Monks, Merchants, and a Moral Economy: Visual Culture and the Practice of Faith in the Divyavadana

2002

VEIDLINGER, DANIEL

Professor, Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities, California State University, Chico

Dissertation: Spreading the Dhamma: The Written Word and the Transmission of Pali Texts in Pre-Modern Northern Thailand

2001

IYENGAR, SAMEERA

Co-founder & Director, Junoon Theatre, Mumbai

Dissertation: Performing Presence: Feminism and Theatre in India

2000

PHUKAN, SHANTANU

Assistant Professor, Humanities, San Jose State University

Dissertation: Through a Persian Prism: Hindi and Padmavat in the Mughal Imagination

SCHNEIBEL, JEFFREY

University Archivist and Assistant Professor, Congregation of Holy Cross, University of Portland

Dissertation: The Construction of Jagannath

1999

BRONNER, YIGAL

Associate Professor, Department of Indian, Iranian, and Armenian Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dissertation: Poetry at its Extreme: The Theory and Practice of Bitextual Poetry (Slesa) in South Asia

1998

MCCREA, LAWRENCE

Associate Professor of Sanskrit Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Cornell University

Dissertation: The Teleology of Poetics in Medieval Kashmir

REICH, TAMAR

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of North Florida

Dissertation: A Battlefield of a Text: Inner Textual Interpretation in the Sanskrit Mahabharata

ROCKWELL, ANNE DAISY

Artist and Writer

Dissertation: The Novelty of Ashk: Conflict, Originality and Novelization in the Life and Work of Upendranath Ashk (1910-1996)

1997

BAKIC-HAYDEN, MILICA

Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Dissertation: Devastating Victory and Glorious Defeat: The Mahabharata and Kosovo in National Imaginings

1995

GOSSMAN, PATRICIA

Senior Analyst, Human Rights Watch

Dissertation: Riots and Victims: Violence and the Construction of Communal Identity Among Bengali Muslims 1905-1947

SHODHAN, AMRITA

Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of History, SOAS University of London

Dissertation: Legal Representations of Khojas and Pushtimarga Vaishnava Polities as Com- Munities: The Aga Khan Case and the Maharaj Libel Case in Mid-Nineteenth Century Bombay

1994

MAZAK, ARLENE

Dissertation: Gopinath Kaviraj's Synthetic Understanding of Kundalini Yoga in Relation to the Nondualistic Hindu Tantric Traditions

SELBY, MARTHA

Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas Austin

Dissertation: Toward a Grammar of Love: A Comparative Study of Interpretive Modes in Classical Indian Poetry

SWAIN, DAVID

Dissertation: Images of Kabir: A Study of Transformations in the Identity of a Saint

1992

LAL, VINAY

Associate Professor, Department of History, UCLA

Dissertation: Committees of Inquiry and Discourses of 'Law and Order' in Twentieth-Century British India

1991

BONNER, RAHUL

Dissertation: Sexual Dynamics in the Amarusataka

1990

DELMONICO, NEAL

Dissertation: Sacred Rapture: A Study of the Religious Aesthetic of Rupa Gosvamin

LLEWELLYN, JOHN

Dissertation: The Arya Samaj as a Fundamentalist Movement: A Study in Comparative Fundamentalism

NOBLE, SALLY

Independent Scholar and Adult Educator – ESL, Truman College, City Colleges of Chicago

Dissertation: The Tamil Story of the Anklet: Classical and Contemporary Tellings of Cilappatikaram

SATTAR, ARSHIA

Dissertation: Hanuman in the "Ramayana" Of Valmiki: A Study in Ambiguity

1989

DHARWADKER, VINAY

Professor, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin Madison

Dissertation: The Future of the Past: Modernity Modern Poetry and the Transformation of Two Indian Traditions

1988

ARRAJ, WILLIAM

Dissertation: The Svacchandatantram: History and Structure of a Saiva Scripture

1987

DENT, CHARLES

Dissertation: Irony in Hindi Short Stories: Translation and Structural Analysis

LUTGENDORF, PHILIP

Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies, University of Iowa

Dissertation: The Life of a Text: Tulsidas' Ramcaritmanas in Performance

NUCKOLLS, CHARLES

Department Chair and Professor, Department of Anthropology, Brigham Young University

Dissertation: Culture and Causal Thinking: Diagnosis and Prediction in Jalari Culture

1986

DAVIS, RICHARD

Director (Asian Studies Program and Religion Program) and Professor of Religion, Bard College

Dissertation: Ritual in an Oscillating Universe

FRIEDMAN, BARRY

Dissertation: Negotiating Destiny: The Astrologer and his Art in Bengali Cultural History

1985

STEWART, TONY

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University

Dissertation: The Biographical Images of Krsna-Caitanya: A Study in the Perception of Divinity

1984

CLOONEY, FRANCIS

Parkman Professor of Divinity, Professor of Comparative Theology, and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School

Dissertation: Retrieving the Purva Mimamsa of Jaimini

MILLIS, JOHN

Dissertation: Malik Muhammad Jayasi: Allegory and Religious Symbolism in his Padmavat

SULLIVAN JR, BRUCE

Professor of Religious Studies, Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, Northern Arizona University

Dissertation: The Seer of the Fifth Veda: Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa in the Mahabharata

WITTMANN, CECELIA

Dissertation: Sovereignty in Early Gujarat

1983

RICHMAN, PAULA

William H. Danforth Professor, Department of Religion, Oberlin College & Conservatory

Dissertation: Religious Rhetoric in Manimekalai

1981

IKARI, YASUKE

Dissertation: A Study of Agnicayana Ukhasambharana

PRITCHETT, FRANCES

Professor Emerita of South Asian Literature, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University

Dissertation: Marvelous Encounters: "Qissa" Literature in Urdu and Hindi

1980

CUTLER, NORMAN

(d. 2002), Professor Emeritus, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Dissertation: The Poetry of the Tamil Saints

FITZGERALD, JAMES

Chair and St. Purandara Das Distinguished Professor, Department of Classics, Brown University

Dissertation: The Moksa Anthology of the Great Bharata: An Initial Survey of Structural Issues, Themes, and Rhethorical Strategies

ROBINSON, SANDRA

Frieda Wildy Riggs Chair in Religious Studies and Professor in the Department of Asian Studies, Sarah Lawrence College

Dissertation: The Dharmapuja: A Study of Rites and Symbols Associated with the Bengali Deity Dharmaraj

SILVER, BRIAN

Dissertation: Nuclear Structure and Poetic Connotation in the Urdu Divan of Mirza Ghalib (1797-1869)

1979

ROGERS, KRISTINE

Dissertation: Citra, Caitali, and Ksanika: A Translation and Critical Analysis of Three Books of Poetry by Rabindranath Tagore

1976

PEMPE, RUTA

Dissertation: A Genetic Structural Interpretation of Novels by Buddhadeva Bose

SCHOMER, KARINE

President, The India Practice

Dissertation: Mahadevi Varma and the Chayavad Age of Modern Hindi Poetry: A Literary and Intellectual Biography

SEELY, CLINTON

Professor Emeritus, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Dissertation: Doe in Heat: A Critical Biography of the Bengali Poet Jibanananda Das (1899-1954) with Relevant Literary History from the Mid-1920s to the Mid-1950s

WILLIAMS, RICHARD

Dissertation: The Dholá-Mārū Ra Dūhā and the Rise of the Hindi Literary Tradition

1975

POULOS, STEVEN

Dissertation: Feminine Sense and Sensibility: A Comparative Study of Six Modern Women Short Fiction Writers in Hindi and Urdu: Rashid Jahan, Ismat Chughtai, Qurratul-Ain Hyder, Mannu Bhandari, Usha Priyamvada, Vijay Chauhan

1974

NELSON, DONALD

Dissertation: The Brhatkathā: a Reconstruction from the Brhatkathāslokasamgraha, Peruńkatai, and Vasudevahimdi

1972

ICHIMURA, SHOHEI

Director, North American Institute of Zen and Buddhist Studies

Dissertation: Nāgārjuna's Philosophy of Sūnyatā and his Dialect

INDEN, RONALD

Professor Emeritus, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Dissertation: Marriage and Rank in Bengali Culture: A Social History of the Brahmans and Kayasthas in Middle Period Bengal

1971

MASICA, COLIN

Professor Emeritus, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Dissertation: A Study of the Distribution of Certain Syntactic and Semantic Features in Relation to the Definability of an Indian Linguistic Area

BARZ, RICHARD

Senior Lecturer in HIndi and Urdu, ANU College of the Pacific, Australian National University

Dissertation: Early Development within the Bhakti Sect of Vailabhācārya According to Sectarian Traditions

1968

HAQ, M. ANWARUL

Dissertation: The Faith Movement of Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas