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AIIS Trustee Michael Fisher Publishes Sweeping Anthology on Environmental History of India

AIIS congratulates Michael H. Fisher on the publication of his sweeping new anthology, An Environmental History of India: From Earliest Times to the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press). Prof. Fisher writes below on the challenges and rewards of synthesizing years of research within a single book, and

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AIIS Junior Fellow Jazmin Graves Named one of the Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40

AIIS congratulates junior fellow Jazmin Graves on being named one of the MIPAD Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40. The Most Influential People of African Descent excellence organization provides global recognition and leadership training to enhance the local impact of current and future

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AIIS Receives Grant from the U.S. Embassy in India for a Museum and Heritage Conservation Summit

AIIS received a grant to hold a three-day Museum and Heritage Conservation Summit which will bring together museum professionals in India including curators, administrators and conservationists, as well as some alumni of the Art Conservationist Fellowships, to engage with each other and American counterparts on important aspects

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AIIS to Host Faculty Development Seminar on Urban Sustainability

AIIS is partnering with the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) to host a faculty development seminar “Exploring Urban Sustainability through India’s Cities” in India in January 2019. This seminar is intended for faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions, in order to promote the development

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Indispensable Institute: AIIS Welcomes Incoming President Sumathi Ramaswamy

Sumathi Ramaswamy, James B. Duke Professor of History at Duke University, recently began her term as President of AIIS. We caught up with her to talk about the Institute’s past, present, and future. AIIS: What do you see in the future of AIIS that excites you? What

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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

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From India to Google: Hindi Student Takes Formative Experience in India to Job in Tech

Though she’s enjoying her job at Google in San Francisco, Emma Leiken hasn’t sworn off South Asian Studies as a possible career sometime down the road. And with a resume like hers, there’s little standing in her way—whether she chooses the technology industry or international affairs, she’s

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AIIS 2018 Book Prizes Awarded to Eric Huntington and Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities was awarded to Eric Huntington for Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences was awarded to Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner for Claiming the State: Active Citizenship

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Language Program Alumni: A Profile in Careers, Education, and Community Engagement

AIIS conducted a survey of language program alumni in 2018. We received responses from 174 former language program participants in various stages of their careers. The responses reflect a body of alumni that is highly educated, employable, and actively engaged in international affairs, South Asian Studies, and

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Cultural Education in the Himalayas, a Ladakhi Textbook, and the AIIS Tibetan Language Program

Patrick Dowd’s passion for the languages and cultures of the Himalayas didn’t end in the summer of 2013, after completing the AIIS intensive Tibetan language program in Dharamshala. Today, Patrick finds himself in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, where he is directing a project to

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