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Acting Director

Jonathan Gold
Jonathan C. Gold joined the faculty in 2008. He teaches courses on the religions of India and Tibet, and his research focuses on Sanskrit and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions-especially theories of interpretation, translation, and learning. His new book, Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy (now available from Columbia University Press), traces a continuity of philosophical interest and purpose across diverse works attributed to one of Buddhism's greatest philosophers. His first book,The Dharma's Gatekeepers: Sakya Pandita on Buddhist Scholarship in Tibet(2007), explains the nature of language and the role of the scholar from the unique perspective of a great thirteenth-century Tibetan philosopher. Current projects include studies in Buddhist ethics through the Tibetan "Three Vows" (sdom gsum) literature and Śāntideva's Bodhicaryāvatāra, and a trans-national history of the doctrine of non-violence. He is founder of the Princeton University Buddhist Ethics Reading Group and co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Comparative Philosophy.

Program Manager

Jayne Bialkowski
Jayne Bialkowski
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
319 Aaron Burr Hall
Tel. 609.258.2635
Fax 609.258.3988

Global Scholar



Christophe Jaffrelot is research director at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a professor at Sciences Po, Paris. His research interests focus on the politics of India and Pakistan, and include theories of nationalism and democracy, mobilization of the lower castes and untouchables in India, the Hindu nationalist movement, and ethnic conflicts in Pakistan. His books include Ambedkar and Untouchability: Analysing and Fighting Caste (2005), India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India (2003), and The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics: 1925 to the 1990s (1999). Ph.D. Sciences Po, Paris.


Executive Committee

Ben Conisbee Baer

Ben Conisbee Baer is an associate professor in the Department of Comparative Literature. He works on South Asian literatures with a particular focus on Bengali literature. Other fields include postcolonial, Marxist, and literary theories, as well as modernism in an international frame. Ph.D. Columbia University.

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Zahid R. Chaudhary is an associate professor in the Department of English. He specializes in postcolonial studies and critical theory. He has published articles on photography, film, travel literature, and contemporary theory.  He is particularly interested in Frankfurt school Marxism, visual culture, literary theory, and contemporary postcolonial literature and film. Ph.D. Cornell University.

Atul Kohli

Atul Kohli is David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His principal research interests are in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the developing countries. Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley.

Gyan Prakash is Dayton-Stockton Professor of History. He specializes in the history of modern India. His general field of research and teaching interests concerns urban modernity, the colonial genealogies of modernity, and problems of postcolonial thought and politics. His latest book, Mumbai Fables, was published in 2010. Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.

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Muhammad Qasim Zaman is the Robert H. Niehaus ’77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion. For much of the past decade, his research and writing have focused on modern and contemporary Islam, with particular attention to Islamic juridical and political thought, Muslim religious and political movements, and issues of religious authority. He has sought to examine these issues in both Middle Eastern and South Asian contexts as well as with reference to facets of pre-modern Islamic intellectual and cultural history. Ph.D. McGill University.

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Fauzia Farooqui is a lecturer with the Program in South Asian Studies/PIIRS.  Her primary interests are Urdu-Hindi language and literature, literary criticism, and women’s studies.  Farooqui’s publications include introductory Hindi and Urdu textbooks, as well as a monograph on Urdu prose poetry and various pieces of original Urdu poetry, fiction, and literary criticism.  Ph.D. Lucknow University.

David Magier

David Magier is an associate university librarian for collection development in charge of all collections at Princeton University. He continues serve as chair of Columbia's University Seminar on South Asia and is fluent in Hindi and Urdu. Ph.D. University of California–Berkeley.

Karen McGuinness

Karen L. McGuinness is the assistant dean for graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. MPA Princeton University.

Zia Mian

Zia Mian directs the Project on Peace and Security in South Asia of the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include nuclear weapons and nuclear energy policy in Pakistan and India, and issues of global nuclear disarmament and peace. In addition to his scholarly work, he has helped make two documentary films on peace and security in South Asia. Ph.D. University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Robert Phillips is a lecturer with the Program in South Asian Studies/PIIRS.  He will be teaching Hindi-Urdu at various levels. Phillips comes to Princeton from Emory University where he was program coordinator and a lecturer in Hindi-Urdu language and literature. Before joining the faculty at Emory, Phillips was a lecturer in Hindi-Urdu at North Carolina State. His teaching and research interests include South Asian literary culture, translation studies, and Hindi-Urdu language pedagogy. Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison





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