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.

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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: Sabina Shaikh

Q: Congratulations on the launch of your new book Our Urban Future: An Active Learning Guide to Sustainable Cities. Can you provide a brief summary of the work?  Thank you! The book evolved from a "Big Problems" course I've been teaching with my colleague Emily Talen,...

Faculty Highlight: Wendy Doniger

Q: Congratulations on the publication of four new books in the last few years. Can you briefly summarize each?  Winged Stallions and Wicked Mares:  Horses in Indian Myth and History.   Charlottesville and London:  University of Virginia Press, 2021.  New Delhi: ...

Faculty Highlight: C.M. Naim

Q: Congratulations on your new book Urdu Crime Fiction, 1890—1950: An Informal History. Can you provide a brief summary of the work? It is a chatty, ‘informal’ account of Urdu mysteries and thrillers written or published between 1890 and 1950. Crime fiction originated...

Faculty Highlight: Tyler Williams

Q: Congratulations on being awarded the AIIS Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities for your work If All the World Were Paper: A History of Writing in Hindi. Can you provide a brief summary of the book and its desired contribution to the field?  If...

Faculty Highlight: Jason Grunebaum

Q: Congratulations on the launch of the SALT Project. Can you provide a brief summary of the project and its goals? Thank you! The project’s origin lies in many missing books. In particular, only 64 books translated from all South Asian languages have made it to US...

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...

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: Paul Staniland, COSAS member and Professor of Political Science

Paul Staniland, COSAS member and Professor of Political Science, has recently...

Member Achievement: Matthew T. Kapstein

Matthew T. Kapstein, Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the...
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Member Achievement: Paul Staniland

Paul Staniland, COSAS member and Professor of Political Science, recently published...

Member Achievement: Rochona Majumdar

Rochona Majumdar, COSAS member and Professor of South Asian Languages and...

Member Achievement: Elena Bashir

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

Member Achievement: Anjali Adukia

Anjali Adukia, COSAS member and Assistant Professor in the Harris School of Public...

Member Achievement: Trevor Price

Trevor Price, COSAS member and Professor of Ecology and Evolution has been awarded...