American Institute of Indian Studies

AIIS ANNOUNCES ITS 2013-2014 FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS

The American Institute of Indian Studies is pleased to announce that the following scholars and artists have been awarded fellowships to carry out their projects in India in 2013-2014: 

Daud Ali, an associate professor in the Department of  South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “The Vicissitudes of Ma’bar: State and Society in the Pandya Country, c. 1200-1485 CE.”

Krishnachandran Balakrishnan, a graduate student in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Urban Water Resources in India and Climate Uncertainty: Rainfall Dependence and Relevance of Conjunctive Water Management.”

Martha Chaiklin, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded a scholarly development fellowship to carry out her project, “Tusks to Treasure: Ivory in Early Modern India, 1600-1850.”

Titas Chakraborty, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Work and Society in the Factory Towns and Port Cities of Bengal, 1632-1757.” Ms Chakraborty is the recipient of the Thomas R. Trautmann Fellowship.

Naindeep Chann, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Political Economy of the Early Modern Gujarat-Persian Gulf Zone, 1650-1720.”

Purnima Dhavan, an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Washington, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Brave New Worlds: Literary and Professional Networks in Late Mughal India.” Professor Dhavan’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

James Duerlinger, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Santaraksitaand Karmalasila on the Refutation of the Self.”

Triveni Gandhi, a graduate student in the Department of Government at Cornell University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Women’s Inequality in the Public Sphere: Do Electoral Quotas Improve Representation?”

Lalitha Gopalan, an associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Long, Short, Lost: Experimental Film and Video in India.”

Matthew Hull, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Lotteries: Economic Governance and Speculation in India.”

Wendy Jehlen, the artistic director of the ANIKAI Dance Theater, was awarded a performing/creative arts fellowship to carry out her project, “The Rani of Jhansi.”

Vinayak Sammit Khandeparkar, a graduate student in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, of at Arizona State University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Precariousness of the Normal: Ritual, Text, and Pollution in the Rise of a Brahman Caste.”

Huma Kidwai, a graduate student in the Teachers College at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Policy and Practice of Madrassa Education Reform in India.”

Sean Killen, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Texas, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Indian Legal Professionals and International Legal Order, c. 1860-1970.”

Christi Merrill, an associate professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Genres of Real Life: Mediating Stories of Injustice Across Languages.” Professor Merrill’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Aakash Mittal, a musician, was awarded a performing/creative arts fellowship to carry out his project, “Nocturne: A New Work of Music Based on Hindustani Evening/Night Ragas for the Saxophone.”

Elizabeth Mount, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at Syracuse University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Producing the Sexual Minority Subject: NGOs, Sexual Rights and Neoliberalism in South India.”

Vijayanka Nair, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at New York University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “From ‘Weak’ to ‘Strong’ Identity: The Biometric Body and the Postcolonial Indian State.”

Susan Ostermann, a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Compliance in the Absence of Well-Developed State Enforcement Capacity.”

Deven Patel, an assistant professor in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Textile and Text in Medieval Western India: The Case of the Freer Vasantavilasa (Erotic Play of Spring).”

Indulata Prasad, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Land Redistribution and Dalit Women’s Lives: Mapping Social Change in Bodhgaya, Bihar.”

Megha Sehdev, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Expression, Documentation, and Domestic Violence Law in India.”

Holly Shaffer, a graduate student in the Department of History of Art at Yale University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Art Production and Collection in Edward Moor’s Hindu Pantheon (1810).” Ms Shaffer is the recipient of the Asher Family Fellowship.

Zoe Sherinian, an associate professor in the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Participatory Video as a Means to the Development and Empowerment of Dalit Women Drummers at the Sakthi Folk Arts Centre.”

Hasan Siddiqui, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Chicago, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Worlds Coming into View: Natural Philosophy in Early Modern North India, ca. 1600-1750.” Mr. Siddiqui is the recipient of the Metcalf Fellowship in Indian History.

Caleb Simmons, a graduate student in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Camundesvari and the Rise of the Wodeyar Dynasty.” Mr. Simmons is the recipient of the Daniel H.H. Ingalls Memorial Fellowship.

Simran Jeet Singh, a graduate student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Tracing the Puratan Janamsakhi: Contextualizing Memories of Guru Nanak.” Mr. Singh is the recipient of the Rachel F. and Scott McDermott Fellowship.

Mark Singleton, a tutor in the Department of Eastern Classics at St. Johns College, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Yoga on the Eve of Orientalism.” Dr. Singleton’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Juhi Tyagi, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at SUNY, Stony Brook, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Resilience in Agrarian Movements: A Mixed Methods Study of Contentious Social Movements in India.”

Bapu Vaitla, a post-doctoral researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Caring About the Poor: A Study of Political Values in Rural India.”

Liza Weinstein, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Northeastern University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Demolition and Dispossession: Understanding Forced Evictions in Urban India.”

Christina Welsch, a graduate student in the Department of History at Princeton University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Desertion, Disorder and Disobedience in the Eighteenth Century Company Army.”

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