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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. 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!

Interim Department Chair: Dr. Daud Ali 

Undergraduate Chair: Dr. Lisa Mitchell 

Graduate Chair: Dr. Davesh Soneji 

The Department of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
820 Williams Hall
36th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Phone: 215-898-7475 Fax: 215-573-2138