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About the Department

Welcome to the Department of 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.  Faculty members cover the region and countries that make up South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bhutan.  The department prides itself in its ability to meet a variety of training and learning needs.  Please explore our website to learn about the strengths, offerings, and opportunities in our department. We look forward to seeing you!

Department Chair: Dr. Daud Ali 

Undergraduate Chair: Dr. Lisa Mitchell 

Graduate Chair: Dr. Davesh Soneji