The University of Chicago is one of the leading centers for the study of Southern Asia.

Countries in which we have scholarly expertise in South Asia include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; and in Southeast Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet (as an autonomous region), and Vietnam.

One of the largest concentrations of faculty working on Southern Asia at any major research university, COSAS members are University of Chicago faculty members engaged in significant research, publication and teaching related to the study of South and Southeast Asia.

Faculty Highlights

Chicago’s Southern Asia strength is built around the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), comprised of faculty across the University who share teaching and research interests in Southern Asia.

The focus of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), which is supported through a University endowment, is to support and implement faculty and student academic and research projects that broadly encompass the study of South and Southeast Asia.

Faculty Highlight: Trevor Price

Q: Congratulations on all of your recent achievements, especially the launch of your new book Ecology of a Changed World. Can you provide a brief summary of the work?   This is a textbook associated with my class “Ecology in the Anthropocene” which I am teaching this...

Faculty Highlight: Michele Friedner

Q: Congratulations on the launch of your new book Sensory Futures. Can you provide a brief summary of the work? The book looks at central and state government programs providing deaf children below the age of 6 with cochlear implants. It also looks at the emergence of...
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Faculty Highlight: C.M. Naim

Shende: Congratulations on your new book A Most Noble Life: The Biography of Ashrafunnisa Begum (1840-1903). Could you briefly tell us what and who the book is about? Naim: The book consists of two major sections. One is a translation of the biography of Ashrafunnisa...

Faculty Highlight: Laura Ring

Doan: Congratulations on your newly published poetry/hybrid chapbook, Field Notes Recovered from the Expedition to Devil’s Peak, which was selected as the inaugural winner of the Foster-Stahl chapbook competition. Can you give us a summary of the book? Ring: This is a...

Faculty Highlight: Dipesh Chakrabarty

Doan: Congratulations on your new book, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age. Can you give us a brief summary of what the book is about? Chakrabarty: Briefly, it is about how human-induced global warming signals a profound change in what Hannah Arendt once called...

Faculty Highlight: E. Annamalai

Interviewed by COSAS Chair, Constantine V. Nakassis, 9 April 2021. https://youtu.be/gh_SUm_IJZ8 Transcript of Interview: Nakassis: So, I thought to get started, I wanted to ask you a little bit about how you came to the University of Chicago. You’ve had such an...

As of 2022-2023, the Committee has sixty-eight members. COSAS members represent approximately eighteen degree-granting departments and programs across the university.

COSAS members are University of Chicago faculty members engaged in significant research, publication and teaching related to the study of South and Southeast Asia. This is one of the largest concentrations of faculty working on Southern Asia at any major research university.

Members meet regularly to plan and implement programming and academic programs to enhance the study of Southern Asia at the University.

Member Achievement: Elena Bashir

Elena Bashir, Senior Lecturer and COSAS Emerita in the Department of South Asian...

Member Achievement: Nisha Kommattam

Nisha Kommattam, Associate Instructional Professor in Comparative Literature and a...

Member Achievement: Jason Grunebaum

Recently, Armory Square Ventures, a technology venture capital firm operating...

Member Achievement: Rochona Majumdar

COSAS member Rochona Majumdar’s 2021 book, Art Cinema and India’s Forgotten...

Member Achievement: John Schneider

COSAS member John Schneider, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, spent the year...

Member Achievement: Maanasa Raghavan

This week's Member Achievement features COSAS member Maanasa Raghavan, Assistant...

Member Achievement: Philip Bohlman and Martha Nussbaum

Dear members of the COSAS community, We are extremely excited to announce the...