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  • Undergraduate

    South Asia Studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with the past and contemporary life of one-fifth of the world’s population.

    Graduate

    The PhD and MA Graduate program gives students a broad understanding of the study of South Asia, deep knowledge of particular fields of interest, and training in South Asian languages as the basis for original research to prepare for academia or other professional careers.

    Faculty

    The South Asia Studies Department is a close-knit community of interdisciplinary scholars that combines expertise in the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of South Asia.

What is South Asia Studies?

The study of South Asia at Penn has a tradition stretching back over a hundred years. The department has trained generations of leaders in the field and remains one of the most distinguished places to study South Asia in the United States. Today the South Asia Studies Department is a close-knit community of interdisciplinary scholars that combines expertise in the languages, literatures, histories, and cultures of South Asia. The Department prides itself in its ability to meet a variety of training and learning needs.

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Ammel Sharon

Medieval cultural formations of South India, Feminist philosophy, Intellectual histories with a particular emphasis on debt.