American Institute of Indian Studies

Current AIIS Fellows

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 2016-2017:

Tenzin Bhuchung, a graduate student in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Maitripada: A Missing Link in the Transmission of Buddhism to Tibet.” Mr. Bhuchung’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Erica Bornstein, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “New Avenues, Changing Landscapes: Regulatory Reform of the Voluntary Sector.” Professor Bornstein’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Damien Carriere, a graduate student in the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Filtering Class Through Space: The Geography of Delhi’s Security Guards.”

Utathya Chattopadhyaya, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Intoxication and Imperialism in Eastern India, 1840-1940.” Mr. Chattopadhyaya is the recipient of the Metcalf Fellowship in Indian History.

Amy Cohen, a professor in the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, was awarded a scholarly development fellowship to carry out her project, “The Legal and Regulatory Architecture of Supermarkets in India.” Professor Cohen’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

John Echeverri-Gent, an associate professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “The Politics of India’s Financial Market Reform.” Professor Echeverri-Gent’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Aleksandra Gordeeva, a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Making of Jain Drama in Medieval Gujarat: Jain Monks as Poets and Politicians at the Caulukya Court, ca. 12th-13th Centuries.” Ms Gordeeva is the recipient of the Rachel F. and Scott McDermott Fellowship.

Samana Gururaja, a graduate student in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Patronage, Performance and Sociability: A Study of Hoysala Temples as Courtly Centers.” Ms Gururaja is the recipient of the Thomas R. Trautmann Fellowship. Ms Gururaja’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Brian Hatcher, a professor in the Department of Religion at Tufts University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Networking Shiva: The Movement and Emplacement of Religion in Colonial Bengal.” Professor Hatcher’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Randeep Singh Hothi, a graduate student in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Global Disseminations of Sikhism: An Ethnographic Study of Sikh Television Production in Punjab.” Mr. Hothi’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Ansley Joye Jones, a Hip Hop artist, was awarded a performing/creative arts fellowship to carry out her project, “The Jukeboxx Movement: Hip Hop Feminist Campaign Against Sexual Assault.”

Sonal Khullar, an associate professor in the School of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Washington, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “The Art of Dislocation: Conflict and Collaboration in Contemporary Art from South Asia.”

Julia Kowalski, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at North Dakota State University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Between Rights and Kinship: The History of Family Counseling in Jaipur, Rajasthan.” Professor Kowalski’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Neema Kudva, an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Waste in the Nilgiris.” Professor Kudva’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Robert Linrothe, an associate professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Donor Portraits on 9th-13th Century Sculpture in Eastern India.” Professor Linrothe’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Puja Maewal, a film maker, was awarded a performing and creative arts fellowship to carry out her project, “Estranged from Justice: Divorce from the Female Perspective in Modern India.”

Arathi Menon, a graduate student in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Kerala Hipped and Gabled: An Atypical Sacred Style.” Ms Menon is the recipient of the Asher Family Fellowship. Ms Menon’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Daniel Michon, an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Claremont McKenna College, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Performing Piety: Female Self-Fashioning in Seventeenth Century Goa.” Professor Michon’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Kartik Misra, a graduate student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Heterogeneous Wage Impact of MGNREGS in India: Are Winners Historically Determined?”

Galen Murray, a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Do Criminal Politicians Deliver? Accessing State Resources in Bihar.” Mr. Murray’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Shailaja Paik, an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Cincinnati, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Politics of Performance: Caste, Sexuality, and Discrimination in Popular Culture in Modern Maharashtra.” Professor Paik’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pranav Prakash, a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Hasan- Dihlavi and Sufi Poetry.” Mr. Prakash is the recipient of the Thomas W. Simons Fellowship.

Lucinda Ramberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “We Were Always Buddhist: The Contemporary Life of Ancient Buddhism in South India.” Professor Ramberg’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Gayatri Reddy, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Karma of Black Folk: Siddis and the Meanings of ‘Race’ and Masculinity in Hyderabad.” Professor Reddy’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Yasmin Saikia, a professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies at Arizona State University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Freedom from Colonialism: Middle Actors’ Imagination of Emancipation.” Professor Saikia’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Jason Schwartz, a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Universalizing Dharma: Juridical Foundations of Hindu Religious Diversity.” Mr. Schwartz is the recipient of the Ludo and Rosane Rocher Research Fellowship in Sanskrit Studies. Mr. Schwartz’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Aaron Sherraden, a graduate student in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “In Search of Sambuka. Mr. Sherraden’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Anooradha Siddiqi, an assistant professor in the Gallatin School at New York University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Vocal Instruments: Minnette De Silva and an Asian Modern Architecture.” Professor Siddiqi’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research.

Janet Um, a graduate student in the Department of South and Southeast Asia Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project “Urban Space and the Poetics of Prose: Dandin’s Narrative Works in Early Medieval India.” Ms Um is the recipient of the Daniel H. H. Ingalls Memorial Fellowship. Ms Um’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Aniruddhan Vasudevan, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “From Pride to Self-Respect: Caste Politics and LGBT Activism in Chennai.” Mr. Vasudevan is the recipient of the Joe Elder College Year in India Junior Fellowship.

Rupali Warke, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Texas, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Secluded Capital: Royal Women Entrepreneurs of the Maratha States, 1750-1860.” Ms Warke is the recipient of the Rajendra Vora Fellowship for the Study of Society and Culture in Maharashtra.

 

 

 

 

 

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