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Kritika Agarwal is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University at Buffalo. She received her Master's degree in Women's and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. She is currently working on her dissertation, titled Uncertain Citizenship: Denaturalization and Expatriation in Twentieth-Century America, 1906-1967, which explores the phenomenon of citizenship loss or denationalization in the United States. Her research interests include U.S. immigration history, migration and citizenship studies, comparative ethnic studies and Asian American studies. Kritika has recently begun blogging for the South Asian American Digital Archive and some of her work can be found at:

Swati Bandi is a PhD candidate in American Studies at the University at Buffalo. She is currently writing her dissertation entitled Of Rights and Representation: Transnational Feminism, Human Rights and the Documentary Film. She is also a Visiting Instructor of Film Studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses on Film aesthetics, film history and Bollywood Film. She has an MFA in Media Study, also from the University at Buffalo, and a Masters in Communication from the University of Hyderabad. Her research interests include transnational human rights media, documentary film, globalization, gender and sexuality. She is a documentary filmmaker whose films have screened in India and the United States.

Mamta Bhargava has been teaching Hindi at the University at Buffalo since 1997. She and her husband, Arvind Bhargava, are very active with Triveni, a non-profit that brings artistic performances to the western New York region. 

Shayani Bhattacharya, a Ph.D. student in the Department of English, has been closely associated with both Indian English and Vernacular theater for over a decade and has been part of the youth theater movement in Calcutta. She is interested in the rise of the Group Theater movement in 1960s India influenced by European masters like Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Eugene Ionesco et al. She is keen on studying the works of Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Utpal Dutt, Girish Karnad, Shambhu and Tripti Mitra, Badal Sarkar, Rudraprasad Sengupta, Habib Tanvir; all of whom have given shape to contemporary Indian theater.

Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Bowker is conducting research in Surat on social withdrawal during early adolescence.

Filomena Critelli is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include gender based violence, global migration and human rights. She is currently conducting research on gender-based violence in Pakistan and NGOs and women and human rights activist's strategies to delimit it.  As Co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, she is also involved in developing research and teaching partnerships with academic institutions and NGOs in India and Pakistan and efforts to internationalize UB's social work curriculum.

Charles D’Aniello, Associate Librarian and Library Liaison for the Asian Studies Program, is working with faculty and students to help UB expand its South Asia collection.

Shubhangi Garg, a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, focuses on Postcolonial Theory and researches on the issues like Human Rights violations, gender roles, subaltern studies, religion, and films in South Asian countries.

Dr. Venu Govindaraju is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He received his B-Tech (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and his Ph.D. from UB. He is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. He has authored more than 350 scientific papers and graduated 25 doctoral students. He has been the Principal or Co-principal investigator of projects funded by government and industry for about 60 million dollars, and has steered the OCR community research towards including Indic scripts in digital library initiatives. Dr Govindaraju is a recipient of the IEEE Technical Achievement award, and is a fellow of the AAAS, the ACM, the IAPR, and the IEEE.

Saima Hafeez, a second-year graduate student in the UB Department of Linguistics, is from from Lahore, Pakistan. She completed an MA in English literature in 1997 from the Punjab University, Lahore, a graduate-Diploma in Linguistics in 2003/4 from the Punjab University, Lahore, and then another Masters in English Language Teaching from Kinnaird College, Lahore in 2008. She joined Garrison Postgraduate College, Lahore Cantonment in 1999 as a lecturer of English and resigned from the job in 2011 as an Assistant Professor. Currently, she is studying in the graduate program of Linguistics as a Fulbright Scholar. Her areas of interest are the interface of semantics, syntax, and cognitive science. She intends to explore the linguistic dimensions of her native language Urdu with the analytical tools she is developing through her graduate work at UB.

Walter Hakala is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, where he teaches courses on South Asian literature and culture in conjunction with the Asian Studies Program.  He has published work on language in Afghanistan and coffee connoisseurship in eighteenth-century Delhi. His current research explores the intersections of literature and lexicography in Hindi, Persian, and Urdu—from multilingual vocabularies in verse to the anthologization of poetry in dictionary definitions.  

Professor Rajiv Kishore in the School of Management is studying global IT outsourcing and focuses his research on the topics of relational governance of IT outsourcing alliances, evaluation of IT vendor capabilities, contracting risks in IT offshoring, contract design for IT outsourcing, and knowledge leakage in IT outsourcing alliances. He also teaches a graduate course on Management of Globally Distributed Services and a major portion of this course is focused on planning global IT outsourcing strategies and managing global IT outsourcing projects, with particular emphasis on India as the major IT outsourcing destination.

Ashima Krishna, an architect and historic preservation planner, is assistant professor of historic preservation in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning. Her research focuses on three broad areas related to cultural heritage and its preservation: the management of historic urban landscapes in developing countries like India, issues in adaptively reusing religious historic structures and landscapes, and contemporary problems with world heritage sites in the developing world. She has a B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi, India), and an MA and PhD in historic preservation planning from Cornell University.

Dr. Laura Lewis, Director of Field Education and Co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, has facilitated academic partnerships in Moldova and developed and supervised international field placements for MSW students in several countries including India, Macedonia, Thailand and Korea.

Jeannette Ludwig, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, researches Dalit conversion, with particular emphasis on personal stories of conversion to Buddhism and the influence of B.R. Ambedkar.

Ajitpaul Mangat is a Ph.D. student whose work explores the intersection of East Indian literature, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and political theory, focusing on questions of subjectivity, psychic life, nationalism, and revolution. In his doctoral work, he wants to explore both how colonial nostalgia, collective memory, and "psychological freedom" can spur or deter political action, and how representations of mental illness, masculinity and male sexuality inform one another and act to produce the East Indian male.

Prabha Manuratne is a Ph.D. student in the English department whose current research focuses on cultures of violence in South Asia. Her writing focuses on literary, artistic, and cinematic representations of class and gender violence in Sri Lanka.

Associate Professor of English Carine Mardorossian works on postcolonial theory, and focuses her research on the literature and issues pertaining to subalternity and the questions raised by the Subaltern Studies Group.

Shaanta Murshid is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests are: economic interventions including microfinance, domestic violence, political violence, genocide, and forgiveness. She is currently working on a project on intergenerational transmission of genocide-related trauma in Bangladesh.

Shraddha Prabhu is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. She pursued her Master’s degree in Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, India. Her research interests include: violence against women, children and youth; trauma and resilience among children and youth living with high-risks; and global partnerships for social change. Her doctoral dissertation study examines exposure to violence, presence of trauma symptoms and access to resilience promoting factors among children from two red-light areas in Mumbai, India. Through her graduate assistantship at the UB School of Social Work, she has been engaged in developing mutually beneficial partnerships with NGOs and academic institutions in Mumbai. Further, through the UB/Amrita Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute she has collaborated with colleagues at Amrita University on multiple projects. Her long term goal is to contribute to building a robust knowledge base on violence against children in South Asia.   

Anamika Priyadarshini, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Global Gender Studies, is currently carrying out research on women home-based workers in colonial and post-Independence Bihar, India. She is interested in tracing the contributions of these worker to the economy of Bihar up to the last decade of the twentieth century.

Pavani Ram, Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, provides technical assistance to household water treatment programs in India and has an NIH grant to assess the impact of promoting handwashing at a time of acute illness on actual handwashing behavior.

Amitava Ray is a doctoral candidate in sociology. His research examines the legal, social, and political implications of the use of roadside space for public religion in India.

Professor of Computer Science Rohini Srihari has developed a program for multilingual data-mining in Urdu that will allow for computational processing of documents, to include speech tagging, sentiment analysis, and topic detection.

Robert Vanwey is both a Ph.D. in the Department of History and a J.D. candidate in the School of Law. His work concentrates on the intersection of law and government in China as well as in the Himalayan region of South Asia, particularly pertaining to emergency response and disaster prevention.  Currently, he is working on translating Tibetan law codes into both English and Chinese.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Robert serves as the Emergency Medical Services Captain in his local municipal fire department.

Divya Victor is an instructor in the Department of English. Her current research takes up issues of Holocaust trauma, the mourning body, vocality, and intimate violence at the intersection of modern and contemporary aesthetic practices and the Law. She has recently published critical work on Bapsi Sidhwa’s fiction in the context of gynofocal atrocities of India’s postcolonial partition, structures of nostalgia, and feminist psychoanalysis (Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies). She has published poetry concerned with colonial British asylum and prison systems in northern India (Drunken Boat), immigrant displacement and language acquisition (P-Queue, ixnay), and is currently conducting a series of interviews with poets for Jacket2 called “Discourses on Vocality.” She teaches composition and creative writing at UB, is a Teaching-Artist with Just Buffalo Literary Center, and has been a citizen of Singapore and India prior to her location in the United States.

Claude Welch, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, focuses on human rights. His current research examines the impact of discrimination based on descent, in particular caste. Welch also studies the effectiveness of NGOs in helping to promote and protect human rights.

Umesha Weerakkody is a Fulbright Fellow from Sri Lanka preparing for an Ed.M degree in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research interests include education and globalization in developing countries, global studies of education, and technology and education in South Asian countries. Umesha is also interested in exploring colonial and post-colonial strategies of survival in a globalized world. Beyond her studies, she also works as a UN Online Volunteer.

Cala Zubair is Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, where she teaches courses on sociolinguistics. Her research is directed towards various sociolinguistic and structural components of Sinhala language varieties and includes ethnographic studies among Sri Lankan youth, examinations of gendered slang constructions, and analyses of case and mood in Sinhala.

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