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


    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.


    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.

We Teach More Languages Than Any Other Department in the Country

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Meet Our Students

Praveen Vijayakumar

My earlier research investigated the presence and participation of non-Hindus and non-caste elites (for example, Abraham Pandither) in the area of the performing arts, print culture, and reform movements in twentieth-century South India. My present research broadly investigates the employment and movement of artists between princely courts and Śaiva monasteries (maṭhas) in the preceding centuries in South India.

Languages: Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit