American Institute of Indian Studies

AIIS 2018-2019 Fellowship Recipients

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 2018-2019:

Roy Bar-Sadeh, a graduate student in the Department of History at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “The Transnationalization of Islamic Modernism: Religion, Politics and Anti-Colonialism Between India and Egypt, 1857-1947.” Mr. Bar-Sadeh is the recipient of the Thomas R. Trautmann Fellowship.

Ananya Chakravarti, an assistant professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Konkan: Regional History on an Indian Ocean Coast.” Professor Chakravarti’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Swati Chawla, a graduate student in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Between Homelessness and Homecoming: Tibetan Migration in Late Twentieth Century India.”

Cathleen Cummings, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Sacred Architecture and the Transformation of Urban Space in Eighteenth Century Nagpur.” Professor Cummings’ 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).

Ishani Dasgupta, a graduate student in the Departments of Anthropology and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Eternal Flame: Self-Immolation and the Culture of Resistance in the Tibetan Community.” Ms Dasgupta is the recipient of the Joseph W. Elder Fellowship in the Social Sciences.

David Farris, an independent scholar and director of the Shabistan Film Archive in Bangalore, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “The Celluloid Collapse in India.” Dr. Farris’ fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Andrew Flachs, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Purdue University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Environment and Development in South Indian Organic Agriculture.” Professor Flachs’ fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Joyce Flueckiger, a professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Migration and Belonging on Mullingar Hill: Oral Histories of a Himalayan Hill Station.” Professor Flueckiger’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Jed Forman, 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, “Yogic Perception.” Mr. Forman is the recipient of the Ludo and Rosane Rocher Research Fellowship in Sanskrit Studies. Mr. Forman’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Curt Gambetta, a graduate student in the School of Architecture at Princeton University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Cement, Paint and Plastic: Materials and Architectural Reproduction in Postcolonial India.” Mr. Gambetta is the recipient of the Vina Sanyal Research Award. Mr. Gambetta’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Gautam Ghosh, a senior lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “The Edification of Education? The Ascent of the Liberal Arts in India.” Dr. Ghosh is the recipient of the Rajendra Vora Fellowship for the Study of Society and Culture in Maharashtra. Dr. Ghosh’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Jazmin Graves, 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, “Music and Mediumship in the Sidi (African Indian) Sufi Devotional Tradition of Western India.” Ms Graves is the recipient of the Rachel F. and Scott McDermott Fellowship. Ms Graves’ fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

David Haberman, a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Angry Gods and Raging Rivers: A Climate of Change in the Char Dham Region.” Professor Haberman’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Mark Hauser, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, was awarded a senior scholarly development fellowship to carry out his project, “Shifting Landscape: Archaeological Exploration of Tranquebar and Danish Colonial Engagement on the Coromandel Coast.” Professor Hauser’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Ayesha Irani, an assistant professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Situating the Bengali Darves: Texts, Practices, and Communities of Reception in Bengal.”

Manpreet Kaur, a graduate student in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Performance Traces of Paper Trails: Locating Farid Across Time and Space.” Ms Kaur is the recipient of the Thomas W. Simons Fellowship.

Joel Lee, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Williams College, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “Caste Passing in Urban Uttar Pradesh.” Professor Lee’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Patricia McDonough, a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Documenting the Structure of the Thangal Naga Language.” Ms McDonough is the recipient of the Joe Elder College Year in India Junior Fellowship. Ms McDonough’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Shaivya Mishra, a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Revolutionary Lives in Colonial India: Nationalism and Colonial Surveillance in the United Provinces, 1907-1944.” Ms Mishra is the recipient of the Kumkum Chatterjee Memorial Fellowship in Indian History.

Daniel Jacobius Morgan, 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 his project, “Mysticism, Manuscripts and Applied Cosmology in Mughal Delhi.” Mr. Morgan is the recipient of the Metcalf Fellowship in Indian History.

Harshita Mruthinti Kamath, an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Temple Poems on Copperplates: The Material Life of Annamayya’s Telugu Padams.” Professor Mruthinti Kamath’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Uponita Mukherjee, a graduate student in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Evidencing Crime: Law, Science and Detection in British Bengal, 1840-1930.”

Fareen Parvez, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Debt, Dowry and Labor Migration: Reconfiguring Family Life Among the Indian Muslim Urban Poor.” Professor Parvez’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Yael Rice, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and History of Art at Amherst College, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out her project, “The Reconstitutive Codex and the Limits of Mughal Albums.” Professor Rice’s fellowship is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Eleonore Rimbault, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “On the Training Grounds: Duty, Tradition and the Politics of Innocence in Kerala.” Ms Rimbault’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Jeremy Simmons, a graduate student in the Department of Classical Studies at Columbia University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out his project, “Gold and Wine: The Lives of Roman Imports in Ancient India (100 BCE-400 CE).” Mr. Simmons is the recipient of the Daniel H.H. Ingalls Memorial Fellowship. Mr. Simmons’ fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Tulasi Srinivas, an associate professor in the Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “The Absent Goddess: Ecology, Religion and Politics in an Accidental Megacity.” Professor Srinivas’ fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Shivani Sud, a graduate student in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Rajput Painting and its Transcultural Histories: The Jaipur School of Painting, 1866-1916.” Ms Sud is the recipient of the Asher Family Fellowship. Ms Sud’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Kelsey Utne, a graduate student in the Department of History at Cornell University, was awarded a junior fellowship to carry out her project, “Landscapes of Death: War Memorials and Military Cemeteries in South Asia.” Ms Utne’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Charles Weitz, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out his project, “Behavioral Factors Related to Heat Stress Among Elderly Poor of West Bengal.” Professor Weitz’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

Tyler Williams, an assistant professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, was awarded a senior fellowship to carry out his project, “In God’s Bazaar: Merchant Religion, Literature and Early Modernity.” Professor Williams’ fellowship is funded by a grant from the ECA through CAORC.

 

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