SAP has more than 50 core and affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and schools, working in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. SAP faculty and language instructors offer classes in Bengali, Hindi, Nepali, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tamil, Tibetan, and Urdu.
The SAP steering committee provides internal faculty leadership from SAP's core faculty, collaborating with the director to set goals and priorities for SAP and to develop innovative programming and curricula related to South Asia.
The SAP advisory council is composed largely of persons based outside Cornell. With the aim of making our governance structure more global, the advisory council ensures that SAP fulfills its intellectual and educational mission in a rapidly changing international context.
SAP hosts visiting scholars from South Asia and elsewhere, including Fulbright fellows, our own South Asian Studies fellows, and other scholars, writers, and artists, who collaborate with Cornell faculty and students on South Asia Program activities.
Students who minor in South Asian Studies work across Cornell's colleges and schools, in more than two dozen disciplines.
SAP awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships to outstanding students pursuing South Asian language and area studies. The U.S. Department of Education allocates these highly competitive four-year grants to SAP in recognition of our world-class language and area study program.
SAP staff have years of combined experience working in international studies, and they play an active role in enhancing the world's knowledge about South Asia.
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Nutrition
Julia Finkelstein is the Follett Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition. She is a 2021–22 Global Public Voices fellow.
Karlie is a PhD. student in the Department of Anthropology. There she focuses on India religions, sovereignty, reform movements, temporality, and psycho-analysis.
Geographic Research Area: India and Pakistan
Teaching/Research Interests: History of British colonialism, popular and radical political movements, and gender and sexuality
Senior Research Associate, Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Martin Gilbert is interested in pursuing health-related research that has direct relevance to the conservation of wildlife, particularly carnivores and scavengers. This includes approaches to understand how endangered species are impacted at a population level by infectious disease (such as canin
Senior Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies
Geographic Research Area: Iran and the Middle East
Teaching/Research Interests: Democracy in Modern Iran, Russo-Iranian relations, constitutional movements in the Middle East, Mongol rule in the Middle East
Professor Emeritus, South Asia Religions
Geographic Research Area: India
Teaching/Research Interests: South Asian religions, North Indian devotional traditions, and modern Indian religious movements
Aura Gonzalez is a PhD student in the Department of Government at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Some of her research interests lie in the areas of development, electoral politics, identity, climate change, and migration. Her regional focus is on India.
Degree: PhD, Government
Research Interests: climate change, development, electoral politics, identity, migration, political economy.
Raashid is a PhD student in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, where he studies early Islamic law and history.
Professor Emeritus, Music
From 1980 until his retirement in 2011, Martin Hatch taught courses in music and musical traditions of Africa and Asia, elementary music theory, the history of American music, and ethnomusicology in Cornell University’s Department of Music and Department of Asian Studies.