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Graduate Student Associates

Every year, the South Asia Institute supports Graduate Student Associates from across the different schools at Harvard whose research focuses on South Asia.


The goal of the SAI Graduate Student Associate program is to establish a community of peers and support original and independent research in South Asia. The GSA program is headed by Parimal Patil, Professor of Religion and Indian Philosophy, and Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies, and SAI steering committee member. GSAs participate in monthly workshops in which they present their thesis research to one another. In the spring, GSAs organize an end of year conference to showcase their research.

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2013-2014 Graduate Student Associates

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Mariam Chughtai

Ed.D. Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Research focus: identity politics and religious nationalism fostered through the Pakistani education system
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Aditya Dasgupta

PhD Candidate, Department of Government, Harvard University
Research focus: relationship between partisan political competition and rural development in India
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Madhav Khosla

PhD. Candidate, Political Theory, Harvard University
Research focus: public law, political theory, and intellectual history; Indian political thought and Indian and comparative constitutional law

Corrina Moucheraud

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health
Research focus: how information can help improve health in resource-poor settings; reducing maternal mortality in Nepal, from discrete interventions to health systems strengthening
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Dinyar Patel

PhD candidate, Department of History
Research focus: evolution of the political philosophy of Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917), a prominent early Indian nationalist leader and the first Indian elected to the British Parliament (in 1892)
Erum Sattar

Erum Sattar

SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School
Research focus: Pakistan’s development architecture; linkages between the institutional and legal structures of the country’s rural agricultural economy based on the control of water and land resources in the Indus river basin