Students with an interest in South Asian Studies should apply to one of the University’s degree-granting departments, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, Economics, or Religious Studies. The Council on South Asian Studies is part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. It has been organized to provide guidance to graduate students who desire to use the resources of the departments of the University that offer South Asia-related courses.

The Council on South Asian Studies aims to bring together faculty and students sharing an interest in South Asia, and it supplements the curriculum with seminars, conferences, and special lectures by scholars from Yale as well as visiting scholars. It provides information concerning grants, fellowships, research programs, and foreign study opportunities.

Language instruction is offered in Hindi, Sanskrit, and additional South Asian languages via the Shared Course Initiative and the Directed Independent Language Study program. Students planning to undertake field research or language study in South Asia may apply to the council for summer fellowship support. 
For additional information, contact the Council on South Asian Studies at

Graduate Students Working in the South Asia Region:

American Studies

Sasha Sabherwal, PhD, American Studies


Jacob Rinck, PhD, Anthropology
Chandana Anusha, PhD, Anthropology
Amy Johnson, PhD, Anthropology
Souvanik Mullick, PhD, Anthropology
Bhoomika Joshi, PhD, Anthropology
Sophia Abbas, PhD, Anthropology
Shivangi Pareek, PhD, Anthropology
Lav Kanoi, PhD, Anthropology
Meredith McLaughlin, PhD, Anthropology
Tanmoy Sharma, PhD, Anthropology
Shalini Iyengar, PhD, Anthropology


Martin Mattsson, PhD, Economic


Harshavardan Raghunandhan, PhD, History
Alexander Williams, PhD, History
Zaib un Nisa Aziz, PhD, History
Gourav Krishna Nandi, PhD, History
Tiraana Bains, PhD, History

History of Art

Mohit Manohar, PhD, Art History

Political Science

Shikhar Singh, PhD, Political Science
Dipin Kaur, PhD, Political Science
Maysha Alam, PhD, Political Science
Shahana Sheikh, PhD, Political Science
Fahd Humayun, PhD, Political Science
Drew Stommes, PhD, Political Science and South Asian Studies
Radha Sarkar, PhD, Political Science
Lynna Dhanani, PhD, Religious Studies
Ryan Brizendine, PhD, Religious Studies
Vatsal Naresh, PhD, Political Science
Deepika Padmanabhan, PhD, Political Science
Chetana Sabnis, PhD, Political Science
Gautam Nair, PhD, Political Science

Religious Studies

Mansi Agrawal, PhD, Religious Studies