The Committee on Southern Asian Studies is deeply saddened by the floods in Pakistan and are committed to assisting Pakistan’s rehabilitation in the floods’ aftermath. COSAS members have shared the following links for agencies accepting donations for doing relief work from:

If you would like to suggest more agencies for circulation to the COSAS community please email Rashmi Joshi (rashmij@uchicago.edu).

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.

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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...

Faculty Highlight: Trevor Price

Doan: How did you become interested in ornithology? Price: When I was 7 years old, my father and I saw a striking bird when on holiday and identified it together (it was an oystercatcher). He saw my interest, and sent me on several week-long natural history courses...

Faculty Highlight: Blake Smith

Doan: How did you decide to pursue a PhD in history? Smith: I did a PhD because I needed the money! As I was finishing college and anxiously facing the future, the prospect of several years of guaranteed income and health insurance was very appealing... I went into...

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.

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Member Achievement: Kaneesha Parsard

Recently, COSAS member Kaneesha Parsard, Assistant Professor of English, published...

Member Achievement: Tori Gross

Recently, COSAS member Dr. Tori Gross published an article titled “Constructing a...
Paul Staniland

Member Achievement: Paul Staniland

Congratulations to COSAS Member Paul Staniland, Associate Professor of Political...
Rochona Majumdar

Member Achievement: Rochona Majumdar

Today we are highlighting COSAS Member Rochona Majumdar, Associate Professor in...

Member Achievement: Nisha Kommattam

Congratulations to COSAS Member and Associate Instructional Professor in...

Member Achievement: Anna Schultz

Congratulations to COSAS Member and Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities...
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Member Achievement: Alan Kolata

Congratulations to COSAS Member and Professor of Anthropology, Alan Kolata, on his...