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Meet some of our Alumi

Between 1998-2013, a total of 132 students majored in the South Asia Studies Department --but thousands more undergraduates and graduate students from other schools took language and content courses in the same period. Our alumni have secured jobs in career fields of their choice – and are in exciting and high-flying careers spanning the world from San Francisco to Sri Lanka to Singapore. Moreover, many of those interviewed were clear about how success at work was built on the knowledge and skills gained through South Asia-related courses. Many alumni are in in sectors as diverse as international policy-making and diplomatic services, medicine and health care, investment banking and international marketing and academia and research.

Our alumni continue to be fully engaged, connected and supportive of the department. They are a great resource for us –they are information conduits allowing us to keep abreast with the trends and emerging skills-needs in specific professions -- and have helped us with designing academic programs to support students’ skills development. They are also a great resource for our undergraduates’ career development and are involved in mentoring and coaching, and participating in networking events. 

Below is a list of the Majors who graduated in the department and the types of careers they went on to develop:


Alex Polyyak

Class of 2015


Fulbright Scholar.

Kim Kolar

Class of 2015

SASt and Religious Studies

PhD Student, University of Chicago.

Priyanka Varma

Class of 2015

SASt and International Relations

Research Assistant, Brookings Institute.

Sean Angiolillo

Class of 2011

SASt and International Relations Major

Technical Curriculum Developer.

Dr. Vijay Yerubandi

Class of 2006

SASt and Biochemistry

Medical Doctor and Research Fellow, Harvard and Boston Universities.

Dr. Adam J. Graves

Class of 2001


Professor MSU Denver.

Humaira Zafar

Class of 2000


Attorney in Virginia.

Swathi Kappagantual

Class of 1998

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and SASt

Diplomat, Canadian Embassy in Washington D.C