An Organization of Scholars

Scholars who serve on the Institute’s Board of Trustees, as well as officers and committee members, donate their time. The American headquarters staff works with all aspects of fellowship and language program administration and with fellows and students until their departure for India. Upon their arrival in India, the Delhi staff assumes responsibilty for each scholar and student. The national headquarters of the Institute in India is located in Gurgaon, just outside of New Delhi, with an office in Defence Colony, New Delhi. Regional offices are located in Kolkata and Pune.


  • Board of Trustees
  • Indian Advisory Committee
  • Bi-National Committee
  • Selection Committee
  • Committee on Art & Archaeology
  • Committee on Ethnomusicology
  • Language Program Committee
  • Committee on International Learning

Board of Trustees

Sumathi Ramaswamy, President
Department of History
Duke University

John Cort, Secretary
Department of Religion
Denison University

Siddharth Chandra, Treasurer
Asian Studies Center
Michigan State University

Philip Lutgendorf, Chair, Board of Trustees
Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Iowa


Tarini Bedi
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois

Lalita Du Perron
Center for South Asia
University of Wisconsin

Shah Mahmoud Hanifi
History Department
James Madison University

Sarah Lamb
Department of Anthropology
Brandeis University

Geeta Patel
Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Virginia

Anupama Rao
Department of History
Columbia University

Davesh Soneji
Department of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania

Cecilia Van Hollen
Department of Anthropology

Chitralekha Zutshi
Department of History
College of William and Mary

Standing Committee Chairs

Susan Bean, Art and Archaeology Committee
Peabody Museum, Harvard University

Anthony Seeger, Ethnomusicology Committee
Department of Ethnomusicology
University of California, Los Angeles

Rebecca Manring, Language Committee
Department of Religious Studies
Indiana University

Sarah Lamb, Publications Committee (Co-Chair)
Department of Anthropology
Brandeis University

Anand Yang, Publications Committee (Co-Chair)
Department of History
University of Washington

Sandria Freitag, Committee on International Learning
Department of History
North Carolina State University

Ex Officio

Elise Auerbach, U.S. Director

For further information, please contact:

American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS)

1130 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 702-8638

Contact: Elise Auerbach, U.S. Director