SAP has more than 50 core and affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and schools, working in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. SAP faculty and language instructors offer classes in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.
The SAP steering committee provides internal faculty leadership from SAP's core faculty, collaborating with the director to set goals and priorities for SAP and to develop innovative programming and curricula related to South Asia.
The SAP advisory council is composed largely of persons based outside Cornell. With the aim of making our governance structure more global, the advisory council ensures that SAP fulfills its intellectual and educational mission in a rapidly changing international context.
SAP hosts visiting scholars from South Asia and elsewhere, including Fulbright fellows, our own South Asian Studies fellows, and other scholars, writers, and artists, who collaborate with Cornell faculty and students on South Asia Program activities.
Students who minor in South Asian Studies work across Cornell's colleges and schools, in more than two dozen disciplines.
SAP awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to outstanding students pursuing South Asian language and area studies. The U.S. Department of Education allocates these highly competitive four-year grants to SAP in recognition of our world-class language and area study program.
SAP staff have years of combined experience working in international studies, and they play an active role in enhancing the world's knowledge about South Asia.
Director, South Asia Program
Iftikhar Dadi is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies.
Geographic Research Area: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Middle East
Ali is a student of applied economics and management. For his research, Ali focuses on issues related to public economics and development economics.
Lecturer, Asian Studies
Geographic Research Area: Nepal
Teaching/Research Interests: Teaching Nepali as a second language
Rama is a PhD student in Human Computer Interaction. His primary interests lie in the areas of education and development contexts (ICT4D). In particular, he tries to understand ways in which various communities use technologies for achieving their goals and design impactful solutions.
Farhana is a PhD student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell. Her research intersects the fields of adaptation planning, water, and institutional reform in Bangladesh.
2019-2020 Humphrey Fellow Deputy Director, Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD)
Program focus: Improve knowledge and expertise on international rural development and work on market linkages of agricultural commodities such as rice in developing countries.
Manasicha is pursuing a PhD in Asian literature, religion, and culture from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell.
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Geographic Research Area: Russia, Eurasia, and India
Teaching/Research Interests: Technology and culture, energy and the environment, media studies, and migration studies
Daniel Bass also serves as an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology and Asian studies.
Geographic Research Area: Sri Lanka, India, and South Asian diasporas
Professor, Global Development
Geographic Research Area: India
Teaching/Research Interests: Population studies, reproductive health and family planning, gender and development, child health and mortality, and culture and demographic behavior
Professor, Applied Economics amd Management
Geographic Research Area: India
Teaching/Research Interests: Development economics, field experiments, information economics, international trade, and labor economics