Sujit Sivasundaram is the Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies, Professor of World History in the Faculty of History and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He works on the Indo-Pacific world, with a deep commitment to South and Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. His last book was 'Islanded', on the makings of Sri Lanka. He is co-editor of 'The Historical Journal' and a Councillor of the Royal Historical Society.
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Shailaja Fennell is the Acting Director of the Centre of South Asian Studies for 2021-22, Reader in Regional Transformation and Economic Security in the Department of Land Economy and a Fellow of Jesus College. She conducts research in Asian and African communities and has recently conducted investigations on sustainable food production and rural development in India, gender norms and gender gaps in development interventions in South and South-east Asia, and provision of public goods and the role of partnerships in both Asian and African economies. Her latest publication is Anand, P.B., S. Fennell and F. Comim (eds.) ‘Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economics’, Oxford University Press.
Michael Edwards is a Smuts Research Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies. An anthropologist interested in questions of religion, media, and democracy, he received his PhD from the LSE in 2019. He’s currently writing a book about the work of translation in encounters between Pentecostalism and Buddhism amidst Myanmar’s fraught political transition. His next project – involving fieldwork in the highlands of Myanmar and in the American heartland – will explore issues of migration, faith, and populism.
Phone: 01223 338088
Luna Sabastian is Smuts Research Fellow for 2019 to 2021, a position she assumed after completing a PhD thesis on “Indian Political Thought and German Fascism, ca. 1918 to 1950.” With a background in Religious Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and finally History, her past research includes work on Hindutva. Her current research explores themes of race, caste, and gender in Indian nationalist thought, which, she hypothesises, had relevance much beyond the subcontinent.
Phone: 01223 338088
Rachel Rowe is the Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies. She is Librarian of the Centre of South Asian Studies and the Royal Commonwealth Society collections in the University Library. She usually works in the Centre of South Asian Studies on Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday afternoons.
Phone: 01223 338094
Prajakti Kalra joins us as the Centre's new Administrator from 13 September 2021. She will also oversee the running of the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies.
Phone: 01223 768062
Kevin Greenbank is the Centre's Archivist. He has worked at the Centre since 1999, developing, in particular, the digital presentation of the archive collections.
Phone: 01223 768061