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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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AIIS 2017 Book Prizes Awarded to Radhika Govindrajan and to Diane Coffey and Dean Spears

The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities was awarded to Radhika Govindrajan for Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relations in India’s Central Himalayas The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences was awarded to Diane Coffey and Dean Spears, joint authors of Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted

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AIIS Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Innovative Hip Hop Jukeboxx Project in India

Chicago (September 27, 2016) The American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) is pleased to announce the launch of its first crowdsource funding campaign for an innovative performing arts project called The Jukeboxx Movement in India: From Surviving to Thriving. The campaign seeks to raise at least $25,000

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AIIS Director-General Purnima Mehta Receives Award from MAC-CAE

Professor Arlene Maclin, the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium-Center for Academic Excellence (MAC-CAE), presented AIIS Director-General Purnima Mehta with a special plaque for her extraordinary service to MAC-CAE during its five years of collaboration with AIIS to bring students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to

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AIIS 2016 Book Prize Awarded to Anand Taneja

The Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences was awarded to Anand Taneja, an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University, for Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi. Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in

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