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.

Sonal Acharya

South Asia, Theatre and Performance Studies, Melodrama, Film and Media Studies

sonalacharya [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Hannah Archambault

Early modern South Asia; Indo-Afghan identity; state formation; gender and power; cultural borderlands; Persian and Urdu

h [dot] archambault [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Lauren Bausch

Early Sanskrit literature, Yogācāra Buddhism, and Critical Theory

lbausch [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
Trang Cao

Modern Vietnamese literature and intellectual history, colonialism and the contact zones, minor/marginal modernisms

Locating Vietnamese Modernism in the Contact Zones
trang_cao [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Bergliot Chiarucci


Ruprekha Chowdhury

Hindi, Urdu

Rebekah Linh Collins

Modern Viet Nam, francophone and anglophone Vietnamese diasporas

The Extraordinary Everyday: Postwar Literature and Art from Viet Nam and Two Diasporas
collinsr [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Ryan Damron

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

rdamron [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Huma Dar

South Asian literature and cinema; critical theories of race, gender and sexuality; subaltern histories, post-colonialism, and visuality; transnational feminisms; cultural studies; critical theory; Muslim femininities and masculinities; Islamophobia, racialization, and war

Projecting Desires, Screening Muslims: The Racialized Politics and Poetics of Indian Cinematic Discourses
hdar [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Yusmarni Djalius

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

djalius [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Wilis Rengganiasih Endah Ekowati

Contemporary Buddhism in Indonesia, Women in Buddhism

wilisrengganiasih [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Elizabeth Encisco

Tamil; linguistics; philology

encisco [at] att [dot] net
Kashi Gomez

Sanskrit literature, particularly poetry, literary theory, and satire

kashi [dot] gomez [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Nikhil Govind

Hindi, Mid 20th century Hindi literature, political philosophy for South Asia

nikhilji [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Ali Hassan

Urban and rural society in early modern South Asia; Sensory history; Persian and Urdu

ahassan05 [at] gmail [dot] com
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
Kiran Keshavamurthy

Gender and Sexuality, Caste, 20th century Tamil

kirank [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Isaac A. Murchie

Sanskrit poetry and literary theory, Western literary theory

imurchie [at] gmail [dot] com
Luther Obrock


Abhijeet Paul

Labor and Work, Marxism, Gender, Kolkata, Modern Bengal

‘Spares are not available’: skills, gender, and the everyday life of labor in Kolkata
abhijeet [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Carlos Pomeda

Sanskrit; Kashmir Shaivism, Tantra, Yoga traditions, Sanskrit philology

Robert Raddock

Sanskrit; scriptural exegesis; Hindu and Buddhist philosophy; modern Hindi literature; post-colonial history

raddock [at] gmail [dot] com
Elisabeth Raddock

Sanskrit, Art History, The Hindu Temple

elisabeth [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Kristina (Krissy) Rogahn

South Indian literature and literary culture (emphasis Tamil, secondarily Sanskrit and Telugu); literary history; canon formation; genre; translation

kcrogahn [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Joseph Scalice

Southeast Asian Studies

Scott Schlossberg

Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian

Sophearith Siyonn

Southeast Asian Studies, Cambodia, Sanskrit

Michael J. Slouber

Śaiva Tantra, Traditional Medicine, Medical Anthropology

Gāruda Medicine
mjslouber [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Yanrui Song

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

Articulation of Land in Minahasa, North Sulawesi
syrleo [at] gmail [dot] com
Christopher Tompkins


Janet Um

Sanskrit literature; modes of narration in premodern South Asia

janetum [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Subjectivity, Gender and Sexuality, religion, aesthetics, performance, and literature and folklore in Indonesia

umarthamrin [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Christopher Wallis


Rebecca Whittington

Bengali, Tamil, translation studies, comparative literature

rebeccadiane87 [at] gmail [dot] com
Kankan Xie

Left-wing intellectuals in the late-colonial Malay World; comparative communism; Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia; Dutch colonialism

xiekankan [at] berkeley [dot] edu