Muzaffar Alam

Muzaffar Alam

George V. Bobrinskoy Professor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations

Foster Hall 201
(773) 834-2809
Urdu and Indian Persian literature, history of late medieval and early modern northern India.
Director of Graduate Studies in SALC.
Elena Bashir

Elena Bashir

Senior Lecturer

Foster Hall 214
(773) 702-8632
Urdu and Panjabi. Languages of Pakistan.
Mandira Bhaduri

Mandira Bhaduri


Foster Hall 206
(773) 834-2933
Bangla language.
Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the College.

Foster Hall 208
(773) 702-8642
Modern Indian social and political history, modern Bengal, Labor history, Asian studies, philosophical discourses of modernity, and postcolonial theory.
Steven Collins

Steven Collins

Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities

Pali language and literature; social and cultural history of Buddhism.
The SALC Department is deeply saddened by the loss of Steven Collins, Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities, who died unexpectedly on February 15 in New Zealand, where he was giving a series of invited lectures.  Steve Collins was a wise and compassionate colleague who exemplified in his research, teaching, and service the highest ideals of critical inquiry and thoughtfulness to which the University aspires, in ways both profoundly serious and graciously humane. He did much to shape for the better the lives and work of his colleagues and students, and he is greatly missed.

Whitney Cox

Associate Professor

Foster Hall 205
(773) 834-0772
Sanskrit language and literature; premodern Tamil language and literature; the history of medieval South India

Chair of the SALC Department

Thibaut d'Hubert

Associate Professor

Foster Hall 211
(773) 702-1333
Bangla language and literature, history of translation, Indo-Persian culture, Sufism, cultural interactions between South and Southeast Asia.


Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger

Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, Committee on Social Thought, the College

Swift Hall 207
(773) 702-8239
Hinduism and comparative mythology.
Sascha Ebeling

Sascha Ebeling

Associate Professor

Foster Hall 203
(773) 834-2788
Tamil language and literature; South Indian cultural history; Comparative Literature.
Jason Grunebaum

Jason Grunebaum

Lecturer in Hindi

Kelly Hall 101
Hindi language.

Sujata Mahajan


Foster Hall 213
(773) 702-8373

Marathi language and literature.

Rochona Majumdar

Associate Professor
Foster Hall 215
(773) 834-2966
History of gender, marriage, and family in India; modern Indian cultural and political history, modern Bengal, Indian cinema, postcolonial history and theory.
Karma Ngodup

Karma Ngodup

Foster Hall 204

Ulrike Stark

Ulrike Stark


Foster Hall 202
(773) 834-2814
Hindi language and literature, print culture and book history in South Asia, North Indian intellectual culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, Hindi-Urdu interface.
Gary Tubb

Gary Tubb

Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professor

Foster Hall 207
(773) 834-2825
Sanskrit language and literature, Indian philosophy, history of Sanskrit linguistic and literary theory.

Director of Undergraduate Studies SALC

Tyler Williams

Assistant Professor

Foster Hall 210
(773) 834-6450
Hindi-Urdu literature, South Asian literature, aesthetics, and intellectual history.

On leave 2018-2019


Visiting Faculty

E. Annamalai

E. Annamalai

Visiting Professor in Tamil

Kelly Hall 110
Tamil language and literature, Tamil grammatical tradition, language policy and problems in India.



Associated Faculty

D. Arnold

Daniel A. Arnold

Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Religions in the Divinity School

Swift Hall 401A
Indian Buddhist Philosophy
C. Wedemeyer

Christian K. Wedemeyer

Associate Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School

Swift Hall 310B
Tibetan language and literature; Sanskrit; Indian and Tibetan Buddhism; theory of religion