South Asian Studies

Professor Nayanika Mathur

Associate Professor in the Anthropology of South Asia

Nayanika Mathur is an Anthropologist of South Asia with wide-ranging research and teaching interests in the anthropology of politics, development, environment, law, human-animal studies, and research methods. I was educated at the Universities of Delhi (B.A. and M.A.) and Cambridge (MPhil and PhD). I have held postdoctoral research fellowships awarded by the Leverhulme Trust and the British Academy at Cambridge’s Centre for the Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

Dr Karuna Dietrich Wielenga

Newton Fellow

I completed my Ph.D in history from the University of Delhi and am currently Newton International Fellow at SIAS. I'm an economic and social historian working on south Asia. My work examines the history of labour outside large factories in what is now called the informal sector. My doctoral dissertation explored the changing world of handloom weavers in south India – and the economic restructuring of the industry – from the early nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.

Dr Tara van Dijk

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Born in the United States, she received her bachelors degree in Sociology, with minors in Women’s Studies and American Literature, from Southern Oregon University.  She then worked abroad (South Korea, China, and Palestine) before settling in Holland and obtaining both her Master’s and Doctorate (2014) in Human Geography, from the University of Amsterdam.

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