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We offer training in 14 languages, and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the histories, religions, cultures and textual traditions of a third of the world’s population. Our faculty specializes in all periods from the classical to the modern, in the fields of literature, history, and religious studies, and conducts research in India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

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Recent News

Congratulations to UC Berkeley Sanskritists, Professors Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman

Congratulations to UC Berkeley Sanskritists, Professors Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman for being awarded the A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation (South Asia) for 2020 for their book, The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India. Vol. VII: Uttarakāṇḍa. (Princeton University Press). This is…

Completed PhDs

Kankan Xie
2018
Estranged Comrades: Global Networks of Indonesian Communism, 1926-1932

Thibodi Buakamsri
2018
Uncommon tales of common folks: Life–stories of ordinary people across the nineteenth–century Cambodia
Instructor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Hannah Lord Archambault
2018
Geographies of Influence: Two Afghan Military Households in 17th and 18th Century South India

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