Graduate Students

This is not a comprehensive directory — inclusion is voluntary. If you are a DSSEAS graduate student and would like to be listed, or have your listing updated, please e-mail the department chair.

Anurag Advani

Mughal history; poetry; gender and agency; public and private; Sufism; nexus between social and political networks; Persian.

anurag_advani [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Hannah Archambault

Early modern South Asia; frontiers; state systems and sovereignty; kinship, friendship and patronage networks; 17th and 18th century Deccan and Karnatak history; Indo-Afghan identity; Persian and Urdu.

h [dot] archambault [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Lisa Brooks

Sanskrit, Ayurveda, critical theories of gender, sexuality, race and subjectivity, history of medicine and science, STS, sensory history

labrooks [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Katherine (Katie) Bruhn

Indonesian modern and contemporary art; creative industries & creative economy; social practice in art; cultural policy; Southeast Asian studies

katiebruhn [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Ruprekha Chowdhury

Hindi, Urdu

Ryan Damron

Buddhist and Hindu Tantra; antinomian forms of religiosity; Sanskrit, Tibetan, Apabhramsa and Bengali literary traditions

rdamron [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Yusmarni Djalius

Southeast Asian Studies; intellectual and cultural history; Indonesia; Indonesia-US relations; Islam; Minangkabau

djalius [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Nicole Ferreira
Medieval South Asian history; Turkic and Afghan migrations; frontiers and borders; the fifteenth century; Indo-Afghan identity and ethnogenesis
Kashi Gomez

Late medieval and early modern Sanskrit literary culture particularly in the Vijayanagara Empire and Thanjavur court; family networks, intellectual transmission, gender; Other interests include Kashmir, satire, and literary theory and anything kāvya related.

kashi [dot] gomez [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Kathleen Gutierrez

History of Philippine botany; comparative Spanish and U.S. colonialisms; Spanish and Tagalog languages; linguistic anthropology; Southeast Asian Studies; Science and Technology Studies.

gutierrezk [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Megan Hewitt

Southeast Asian Studies with emphases in Indonesian Languages and Literatures, Social and Cultural Movements, Arts and Activism, Critical Pedagogies, Cultural History, and Agrarian Transformation.

meganrobin [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Rachael Hyland

Modern Hindi-Urdu and Bengali literature; Women’s and Gender Studies; Hindi and Bengali Cinema; Sociolinguistic History; Postcolonial Theory; Translation.

rachael [dot] hyland [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Thiti Jamkajornkeiat

Comparative Southeast Asian Studies (Modern Indonesia and Thailand); Intellectual History and Cultural Politics of Modern Indonesia (particularly between 1950-1965); Modernity; Critiques of Eurocentrism; Critical Theory; Global Marxism; Third Worldism; Question of Knowledge Production in the Global South; Question of Inter-Asian Comparison.

tj [dot] zedrick [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Sean Kerr
Pali Commentarial Literature; Narrative Literature in Sanskrit and Pali; Indian Buddhism; Medieval Pali Abhidhamma Manuals; Pali in South India.
skerr [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Kimberly Kolor

Material culture, aesthetics, and affect theory; violence, rumor, and everyday historiographies; Sufism and transnational Muslim networks; British colonial and contemporary Sri Lanka; Tamil.

kimberly [dot] kolor [at] gmail [dot] com
Priya Kothari

Sanskrit, Hindi (including Braj and Avadhi) and Gujarati language and literature; receptive histories; theories of religion and religious experience; bhakti traditions; Puṣṭimārga and Vallabha samprādaya; the use of authoritative texts in contemporary social and religious practice.

pkothari [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Padma D. Maitland
Hindi travel literature; modern Buddhism in India; art and architecture; conservation and heritage; countercultural exchanges between India and California.
John Pickens

Sanskrit and Tibetan languages. Indian and Tibetan Buddhist ritual history, particularly the development of the tantric preliminary practices.

johnpickens [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Sohini Pillai
Vernacular tellings of the Ramayana and Mahabharata in premodern South Asia; Hindi (including Braj and Avadhi) and Tamil literature; the Sanskrit epics; comparative literature; bhakti; representations of South Asian literature in performance, television and film.
Kellie Powell
I hope to shed light on the development of tantra across South and Southeast Asia using a multidisciplinary approach. My research interests include: trade and the exchange of ideas, archaeology of religious sites, manuscript culture, development of new ritual technologies, and buddhist pilgrimage. I work in Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Pāli.
Kristina (Krissy) Rogahn

Tamil poetry and poetics; South Indian literary cultures; Tamil, Telugu, and Sanskrit languages; literary history; canon formation; genre; translation.

kcrogahn [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Joseph Scalice

Southeast Asian Studies, Philippines.

Crisis of Revolutionary Leadership: The Communist Parties of the Philippines, 1959-1974
Sophearith Siyonn

Southeast Asian Studies, Cambodia, Sanskrit

Yanrui Song

Malay/Indonesian literature, Southeast Asian history, Indonesian adat land law

Articulation of Land in Minahasa, North Sulawesi
syrleo [at] gmail [dot] com
Janet Um

Sanskrit literature and literary histories; modes of narration in premodern South Asia; urban sociality.

janetum [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Rebecca Whittington

Bengali, Tamil, translation studies, comparative literature

rebeccadiane87 [at] gmail [dot] com
Kankan Xie

Left-wing intellectual networks in the late-colonial Malay World (currently Indonesia and Malaysia); Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia; Dutch colonial history; governance and rural development in contemporary Indonesia.

xiekankan [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Khenpo Yeshi
Tibetan Buddhism, Early Dzogchen development.