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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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Diana Shuheng Zhang

Post-Gupta scribal and artisanal activities through epigraphical and technological approaches, ca. 500-1000 CE South Asia (Deccan and Central India), Central Asia, and along the Silk Road to East Asia. 

Research Languages: Sanskrit, Prakrits, Tocharian, Kharosthi, Hindi, Telugu, Classical Chinese, Classical Japanese, German. 

Research Writing Systems: various early and medieval Brahmic scripts in Central and South Asia; historically continued and discontinued graphemic variants of the Chinese scripts. 

Research Methods / Skills: Epigraphic -- paleography, historical linguistics, dialectology; Techonological -- metallurgy, lithology, chirographic analysis, etc.