Dr Devika Singh was Smuts Research Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies (2012-2015). She is writing a book on art in post-independence India for Reaktion Books and curating several exhibitions on photography in South Asia. She holds a PhD in the history of art from the University of Cambridge and was a visiting fellow at the French Academy at Rome, the Freie Universität and the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. Her work has been published in Art History and Modern Asian Studies as well as in several edited volumes and exhibition catalogues. Her research has been supported by the British Academy, the AHRC and Trinity College, among others.
Aishwarj Kumar, Language Teaching Officer in Hindi at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Dr Ornit Shani
Dr Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes is a Research Fellow at Clare Hall. While her research centres on South Asia, her primary work is as a visual and digital anthropologist. Her research considers the construction of racial, gender and political identities in visual records and their relevance to current historical studies.She teaches an annual course on ‘Visual rhetoric and modern South Asian history’ and is the convenor of the annual seminar series ‘Visual constructions of South Asia’. Her scholarly work includes various publications and several outreach projects at universities and research institutes in the UK, Asia and Europe. She is also the founder of Amateur Cinema Studies Network, the first international project promoting amateur cinema/media studies.
Dr Sudeshna Guha, Associate Professor of History, Shiv Nadar University, U.P., India and Tagore Research Scholar, National Museum, New Delhi. Dr Guha is a historian of South Asia with field training in archaeology. She also researches on visual histories, and is currently working on archaeological creations of cultural heritage in post-colonial India. Recently published: Artefacts of History; Archaeology, Historiography and Indian Pasts (SAGE, New Delhi, 2015)
Dr Leake is Lecturer in International History at the University of Leeds. She completed her BA and MA in history at Yale University in 2009 before moving to the University of Cambridge for her PhD. She subsequently held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London, from 2013-16. Her first book, 'The Defiant Border' is a history of the northwest frontier tribal area of the Indian subcontinent (what is now Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area) in the context of decolonization and the global Cold War. It considers why this region has remained largely autonomous in the twentieth century, as well as why the region has persisted in interesting state actors in South Asia and the West.
Dr Datta is a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, affiliated to the Centre. After completing her PhD on gender and urban space in post colonial Delhi, she is currently working on her book monograph, along with a new project on women's informalities and patterns of urban change in modern South Asia.
Senior Research Fellow in Anthropology, Wolfson College, Cambridge
Emeritus Professor of International Business, School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Harshan Kumarasingham is Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Edinburgh. As an Affiliate of the Centre his research will be focussed on the Crown’s legacies in post-independent India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth’s influence on South Asia, 1947-72.
Dr. Remo REGINOLD is Responsable Scientifique for the Tamil Research Network at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) in Paris. His research focuses on the articulation of political implications in semiotics and aesthetics. The study of reception strategies in Tamil intellectual history is another key topic of his research. Currently he is working on a manuscript theorising the shift from phenomenological perspectives to performative realities. In addition, he is pursuing a study about the effects of Jaffna customary laws on the contemporary Tamil diaspora.
I am a historian working primarily on South and Southeast Asia. My broad research interests include migration and its role in spurring social and political change, sub-imperial systems, inter-ethnic relations, and the dynamics of citizenship, race and status in colonial systems. My first book, Mobile Citizens: French Indians in Indochina, 1858-1954, is due to be published by NIAS Press and is based on a PhD in history awarded from SOAS in 2009. At the Centre for South Asian Studies I will be furthering a study of geopolitical tensions and transnational connections established by the exile to Saigon of the Burmese Prince Myngoon Min and his entourage, with funding from a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant.
Dr Elaine Desmond is a sociologist whose work focusses on legitimation, risk and democracy, with a particular focus on Telangana, India. She has written a forthcoming book entitled Legitimation in a World at Risk: The Case of Genetically Modified Crops in India, and has taught Environmental Sociology, Globalisation and Development and Research Methods at University College Cork. Dr Desmond is also affiliated with the Ireland-India Institute at Dublin City University and the University of Hyderabad in Telangana/Andhra Pradesh. Her current work projects include a book on legitimation, risk and the secession of Telangana state. Further details of her work can be found at: https://ucc-ie.academia.edu/ElaineDesmond
Dr. Adeeba Aziz Khan joined Wolfson College as a Junior Research Fellow from 1 October 2016. Her PhD studied the relationship between formal and informal institutions and how these affect law making in Bangladesh. She is currently working on her book monograph. As an Affiliate of the Centre her research will be focused on the relationship between Informal Institutions and Judicial Development of Law in Bangladesh.
Dr Sariffodeen completed her MPhil (1999) and PhD (2003) at the University of Cambridge, UK, under the guidance and supervision of Dr Gordon Johnson. Her PhD thesis captured the political associations of Rt. Hon. Don Stephen Senanayake (1935-1952), the First Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, giving predominant focus to the attainment of independence.
After completing her PhD, Dr Sariffodeen joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) supporting humanitarian emergencies: the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka (2004-2009); protracted Afghan refugees and IDPs affected by civil strive in Pakistan (2010-2014); and Syrian refugees in Turkey and IDPs in Syria through cross border action (2014-2016).
As an affiliated scholar of the CSAS, Dr Sariffodeen will complete her research in establishing a complete biography of DS Senanayke (1884-1952) and a monograph series on Indo-Ceylon Relations.
Cleo Roberts is UCG-UKIERI PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool, and Visiting College Research Associate at Wolfson College Cambridge. She is researching the colonial representation of the Ganges. Having been named the Association of Art Historians New Voice in 2014 and received India National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage scholarship for research in India she has lectured internationally at The India Council for Cultural Relations, Princeton University, University of Cambridge, Royal Asiatic Society and Wellcome Trust. She consults for Art History UK, and has written reviews and articles for ArtAsiaPacific, ArtUK, The Conversation, Dissertation Reviews. She was recently selected as a founding young scholar for Curator Reviews, an initiative developed by Stanford University, where her leading essay will analyse ‘Envisioning South Asia’ as an emerging academic field, and identify exemplary works from early career researchers for review.
Apurba Kumar Podder has completed his PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. His PhD thesis examined the relationship between the neo-liberal policies in Bangladesh and their impact on the growth of illegal agricultural bazaars in coastal cities. His thesis argues that neo-liberal policies directly promoted the growth of chronically illegal status of agri-bazaars in urban areas as a powerful instrument for internal class exploitation of the poor. He is now working on his first monograph entitled, The making of ‘illegal’ marketplace: State, class and space in Khulna c. 1951-2008.
Parul Bhandari is a researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) since December 2014. She completed her PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge in 2014. Her PhD was supported by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. Her doctoral thesis explained the makings of middle class identities through the processes of spouse-selection. For her post-doctoral research she has shifted attention to the study of elites, particularly the rich housewives of Delhi, focusing on their relationship with money and exploring the themes of honour and humiliation in their everyday lives.
She is writing two books: One entitled 'Exploring Indian Modernities: Ideas and Practices' (Springer forthcoming 2017), which unpacks the category of the 'modern' from a multidisciplinary perspective. The second book is based on her PhD.