Brandon J. Miliate recently joined Yale as Librarian for South and Southeast Asian Studies after completing his PhD in Political Science at Indiana University. His research straddles the border of both regions, focusing on borderland identities and movements for self-determination in Northeast India, Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts, and Northwestern Myanmar. As an area studies librarian, he is committed to ensuring that Yale’s South Asia collection continues to grow and diversify, and to make sure that students and faculty alike not only know where to find these resources, but have a clear idea of how to use them! While his graduate training was in political science, his research made use of research approaches and methods in Anthropology, History, Cultural Theory, and others. All of which is to say that if you want to talk South/Southeast Asia from any disciplinary background, he is here to help! Outside of his work as a librarian, Brandon is working on a book manuscript entitled Uncertain Self (Determination): The Necessity and Impossibility of Identity at the Intersection of India, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. He is also an avid language learner, with a strong background in Bangla, Burmese, Russian, and Mongolian, and a growing skill set with Urdu, Hindi, and Persian.
Check out his LibGuides to get a sense of Yale’s South Asia Collection.
Also, take a sneak peak at his South/Southeast Asia Methods and Materials LibGuide, for resources and basic background information on how to use different parts of the collection according to methodology and data collection technique.