American Institute of Indian Studies

Current AIIS Fellows

The American Institute of Indian Studies is pleased to announce that the following scholars have been awarded fellowships to carry out their projects in India in 2017-2018:

Adam Auerbach, an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Dream of a Complete Town: Small Town Governance and Development in India.” Professor Auerbach’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

Shalini Ayyagari, an assistant professor in the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Small Voices Sing Big Songs: A Transmedia Documentary Film Project.” Professor Ayyagari’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Erin Benay, an assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Case Western Reserve University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Italy by Way of India: Routes of Devotional Knowledge in the Early Modern Period.” Professor Benay’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Kristin Bloomer, an associate professor in the Department of Religion at Carleton College, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Family Gods and Changing Places in Tamil Nadu.” Professor Bloomer’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Brian Cannon, a graduate student in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Keepers of Status, Then and Now: Alternative Histories of Caste in North India, c. 1660-1980.” Mr. Cannon is the recipient of the Metcalf Fellowship in Indian History. Mr. Cannon’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Anindita Chatterjee, a graduate student in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society at the University of Minnesota, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Bitter Pill: Patent Regimes, Imitation and Innovation in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry.” Ms Chatterjee is the recipient of the Vina Sanyal Research Award.

Manisha Desai, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “From Mathura to Nirbhaya and Beyond: Theory and Praxis in Feminist Organizations Working to End Violence Against Women in Neoliberal India.” Professor Desai’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Samuel Frantz, a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “The Political Economy of Non-State Services in North India.” Mr. Frantz’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Michele Friedner, an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Disability, Diversity and Affirmative Action in Urban India.” Professor Friedner’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Tejaswini Ganti, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at New York University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Thinking in English, Speaking in Hindi: The Politics of Language in the Bombay Film Industry.” Professor Ganti’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Kenneth George, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Australian National University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Work is Worship: Religion, Craft and Infrastructure in Contemporary India.” Professor George’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kashi Gomez, a graduate student in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Lady Dindima: Gender, Family Networks and the Transmission of Sanskrit.” Ms Gomez is the recipient of the Ludo and Rosane Rocher Research Fellowship in Sanskrit Studies. Ms Gomez’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Mallory Hennigar, a graduate student in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “India’s Buddhist Renaissance: Ambedkarite Dalits and the Triratna Buddhist Community.” Ms Hennigar is the recipient of the Rajendra Vora Fellowship for the Study of Society and Culture in Maharashtra. Ms Hennigar’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Samantha Iyer, an assistant professor in the Department of History at Fordham University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “The Poverty of Plenty: The Politics of Food in India, Egypt and the U.S., 1870s to 1970s.” Professor Iyer’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Puninder Singh Jaitla, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Living the Word: Language and Experience in Sikh Devotional Practice.” Mr. Jaitla’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Hillary Langberg, a graduate student in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Invoking the Goddess: The Place of Female Deities in Mahayana Indian Buddhism.” Ms Langberg is the recipient of the Daniel H.H. Ingalls Memorial Fellowship. Ms Langberg’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Amanda Lanzillo, a graduate student in the Department of History at Indiana University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Technologies of Production, Networks of Consumption: Awadhi Muslim Artists, 1857-1947.” Ms Lanzillo is the recipient of the Kumkum Chatterjee Memorial Fellowship in Indian History. Ms Lanzillo’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Alexander Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Policing in India: The Politics of Justice in a Poor Democracy.” Professor Lee’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Pamela Lothspeich, an associate professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project “Regional Ramlilas in Bareilly and Almora.” Professor Lothspeich’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Akanksha Misra, a graduate student in the Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Articulating Desire: Gender and Sexuality in Schools in India and Turkey.”

Deepthi Murali, a graduate student in the Department of Art History at the University of Illinois, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Politics and Transculturality of Decorative Arts in Kerala, 1750-1875.” Ms Murali is the recipient of the Asher Family Fellowship.

Navine Murshid, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Colgate University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Bengali Muslims: Foreigners Within India?”

Kirin Narayan, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Australian National University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “Rethinking Creativity with Vishwakarma’s Family.” Professor Narayan’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Rupal Oza, an associate professor in the Dept of Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Gender and Power in Rural Haryana.” Professor Oza’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Iva Patel, a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Taming of the Mind: Practice and Pedagogy in the Bhakti Lyrics of the Swaminarayan Sect.” Ms Patel’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Sarah Saddler, a graduate student in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “India’s Corporate Theatre Culture Industry: Performance and Neoliberal Labor.” Ms Saddler’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Vijayeta Singh, a graduate student in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Protests Over Power: The Impact of Land Acquisition Struggles on Energy Megaproject Viability in Jharkhand.” Ms Singh is the recipient of the Thomas W. Simons Fellowship.

Shreyas Sreenath, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at Emory University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Untouchability in India’s IT City: Urban Waste and the Materiality of Power in Bangalore.” Mr. Sreenath is the recipient of the Joe Elder College Year in India Junior Fellowship. Mr. Sreenath’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Margherita Trento, a graduate student in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Writing Christianity in Early Modern South India, 1606-1759.” Ms Trento is the recipient of the Rachel F. and Scott McDermott Fellowship.

Vaishnavi Tripuraneni, a graduate student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “A Political Ecology of Agrarian Debt Crop Choices and Smallholder Livelihoods in South India.” Ms Tripuraneni is the recipient of the Joseph W. Elder Fellowship in the Social Sciences.

Archana Venkatesh, a graduate student in the Department of History at Ohio State University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Lady Doctor and the Nation: Women, Medicine and Reproductive Politics in Twentieth Century Tamil Nadu.” Ms Venkatesh is the recipient of the Thomas R. Trautmann Fellowship.

Naomi Worth, a graduate student in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Body Within a Body: Consciousness and the Mind-Body Relationship in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism.” Ms Worth’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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