Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen is Professor in the Department of Geography at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research career has focused on the study of foreign direct investment; innovation in biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, and bioenergy; and urban geography. Her research and teaching interests on India include innovation in biopharma, inclusive innovation, air pollution and regulatory aspects, and smart rural/urban development. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the The Professional Geographer (2005-2010), one of the flagship journals of the American Association of Geographers. Her research has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation and the Baldy Center. She has published over eighty refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has also co-edited three books including a recent publication on Innovation Spaces in Asia. Her first book (co-authored), Shrinking Cities: Understanding Decline and Shrinkage in the United States, has just been completed. She served as the Chair of the Department of Geography from 2010 until 2016, the co-Director of SUNY-Buffalo’s Gender Institute in 2009-2010, and as a Fellow of the American Council on Education at UCLA in 2006-2007.
Nic Bommarito, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is a scholar of virtue ethics, moral psychology, and Buddhist philosophy. He has studied at Brown University, Tibet University, and University of Michigan. His translation of The Khache Phalu, an ethical treatise written in Tibet in the late 18th or early 19th century, was published in Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines in 2017. His work has appeared in journals like Journal of Buddhist Ethics and Philosophy East & West. Visit his personal website to learn more.
Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Bowker is conducting research in Surat on social withdrawal during early adolescence.
Filomena Critelli is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include gender based violence, global migration and human rights. She is currently conducting research on gender-based violence in Pakistan and NGOs and women and human rights activist’s strategies to delimit it. As Co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, she is also involved in developing research and teaching partnerships with academic institutions and NGOs in India and Pakistan and efforts to internationalize UB’s social work curriculum.
Dr. Venu Govindaraju is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He received his B-Tech (Honors) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and his Ph.D. from UB. He is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. He has authored more than 350 scientific papers and graduated 25 doctoral students. He has been the Principal or Co-principal investigator of projects funded by government and industry for about 60 million dollars, and has steered the OCR community research towards includingIndic scripts in digital library initiatives. Dr Govindaraju is a recipient of the IEEE Technical Achievement award, and is a fellow of the AAAS, theACM, the IAPR, and the IEEE.
Saima Hafeez, a PhD student in the UB Department of Linguistics, is from from Lahore, Pakistan. She completed an MA in English literature in 1997 from the Punjab University, Lahore, a graduate-Diploma in Linguistics in 2003/4 from the Punjab University, Lahore, and then another Masters in English Language Teaching from Kinnaird College, Lahore in 2008. She joined Garrison Postgraduate College, Lahore Cantonment in 1999 as a lecturer of English and resigned from the job in 2011 as an Assistant Professor. Her areas of interest are the interface of semantics, syntax, and cognitive science. She intends to explore the linguistic dimensions of her native language Urdu with the analytical tools she is developing through her graduate work at UB.
Walter Hakala is Associate Professor in the Department of English where he teaches courses on South Asian literature and culture in conjunction with the Asian Studies Program. He has published work on language in Afghanistan, coffee connoisseurship in eighteenth-century Delhi, an early modern medical vocabulary, debates on the authorship of an early Indo-Persian children’s vocabulary, and the role of Indians as interpreters during the First Anglo-Afghan War. His book, Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia (Columbia, 2016), provides insight into the forces that turned intimate speech into a potent nationalist politics, intensifying the passions that partitioned the Indian subcontinent. His current research explores the emergence of vernacular epigraphy and literacy in South Asia.
Christopher Hollister, Library Liaison for the Asian Studies Program, is working with faculty and students to help UB expand its South Asia collection. Please visit this site for more information about Asian Studies materials in the UB libraries.
Professor Rajiv Kishore in the School of Management is studying global IT outsourcing and focuses his research on the topics of relational governance of IT outsourcing alliances, evaluation of IT vendor capabilities, contracting risks in IT offshoring, contract design for IT outsourcing, and knowledge leakage in IT outsourcing alliances. He also teaches a graduate course on Management of Globally Distributed Services and a major portion of this course is focused on planning global IT outsourcing strategies and managing global IT outsourcing projects, with particular emphasis on India as the major IT outsourcing destination.
Ashima Krishna, an architect and historic preservation planner, is assistant professor of historic preservation in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning. Her research focuses on three broad areas related to cultural heritage and its preservation: the management of historic urban landscapes in developing countries like India, issues in adaptively reusing religious historic structures and landscapes, and contemporary problems with world heritage sites in the developing world. She has a B.Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture (New Delhi, India), and an MA and PhD in historic preservation planning from Cornell University.
Dr. Laura Lewis, Director of Field Education and Co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, has facilitated academic partnerships in Moldova and developed and supervised international field placements for MSW students in several countries including India, Macedonia, Thailand and Korea.
Jeannette Ludwig, Associate Professor (emerita) of Romance Languages and Literatures, researches Dalit conversion, with particular emphasis on personal stories of conversion to Buddhism and the influence of B.R. Ambedkar.
Ajitpaul Mangat is a Ph.D. student whose work explores the intersection of East Indian literature, psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, and political theory, focusing on questions of subjectivity, psychic life, nationalism, and revolution. In his doctoral work, he wants to explore both how colonial nostalgia, collective memory, and “psychological freedom” can spur or deter political action, and how representations of mental illness, masculinity and male sexuality inform one another and act to produce the East Indian male.
Professor of English and Carine Mardorossian works on postcolonial theory, and focuses her research on the literature and issues pertaining to subalternity and the questions raised by the Subaltern Studies Group.
Shaanta Murshid is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests are: economic interventions including microfinance, domestic violence, political violence, genocide, and forgiveness. She is currently working on a project on intergenerational transmission of genocide-related trauma in Bangladesh. She is the UB Delegate to the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Samina Raja, Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, researches planning and design for sustainable food systems and healthy communities. Dr. Samina Raja’s research program focuses on understanding the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She is the Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (the “Food Lab”) where much of her research unfolds with the engagement and collaboration of an outstanding research team. In partnership with collaborators nationwide, Dr. Raja is currently directing Growing Food Connections, a comprehensive five-year initiative funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to build capacity of local governments to strengthen food systems. Her additional research interests include the role of planning in communities experiencing conflict (she is especially interested in the region of Kashmir in South Asia), and the fiscal dimensions of urban and regional planning.
Pavani Ram, Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, provides technical assistance to household water treatment programs in India and has an NIH grant to assess the impact of promoting handwashing at a time of acute illness on actual handwashing behavior.
Professor of Computer Science Rohini Srihari has developed a program for multilingual data-mining in Urdu that will allow for computational processing of documents, to include speech tagging, sentiment analysis, and topic detection.