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Taking a cue from I've decided to put up a similar post on South Asian Art just to highlight the diversity of options that I came across in my own research into programs, funding, curatorial opportunities, and supervisors. 






Anthony Welch, Victoria (Emeritus professor now)

Melia Belli-Bose, Victoria (recent hire, so I'm not sure she will be supervising students)

Deepali Dewan, ROM/Toronto

Kajri Jain, Toronto (at UTM but teaches graduate courses at U of T St. George) 

Hussein Keshani, UBC-Okanagan

Katherine Hacker, UBC

Marcus Millwright, Victoria (not a South Asianist, but is supervising one dissertation in Islamic South Asia)

Astri Wright, Victoria (not a South Asianist, but teaches courses on South Asia)

Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Queens (works on early modern Jesuit/European encounters with Mughal India, an interesting temporal tangent)


United States


Sugata Ray, Berkeley 

Rebecca Brown, Johns Hopkins

Pika Ghosh, UNC Chapel Hill

Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Pittsburgh

Madhuri Desai, Penn State

Jinah Kim, Harvard (though her area is mostly Buddhist, so I wouldn't see her as a South Asianist, but she is classified as such. Alternately, both David Roxburgh and Gurlu Necipoglu have supervised dissertations in Islamic South Asia)

Dipti Khera, NYU/IFA

Finbarr Barry Flood, NYU/IFA (an Islamicist by area, but is supervising three South Asia related dissertations at the moment) 

Vidya Dehejia, Columbia

Ifthikar Dadi, Cornell

Daniel Ehnbom, Virginia (there's also Mehr Faruqi at another department, so there's breadth to Virginia's South Asia offerings)

Nanchiket Chanchani, Michigan (there's also William Glover at Michigan's History department whose interests lie in British colonial architecture)

Michael Meister, Pennsylvania (not sure if he's still taking students)

Tamara Sears, Yale (Timothy Barringer also supervises South Asian topics, as does Kishwar Rizvi)

Anna Seastrand, Chicago (does not supervise graduate students, though, Chicago offers more research opportunities in the South Asia program)

Catherine and Frederick Asher, Minnesota (Emeritus professors now)

John and Susan Huntington, Ohio State (Emeritus professors now)

Swati Chattopadhyay, UCSB (primarily an architectural historian)

Sonal Khullar, Washington

Robert Brown, UCLA

Saloni Mathur, UCLA

Janice Leoshko, Texas-Austin

Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke (not an art historian, but her work straddles our discipline)






Royal Ontario Museum, Department of South Asia, Toronto, ON

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, ON

Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC (mainly a strong Japanese and Chinese collection with some South Asian artifacts represented)


United States


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of South and Southeast Asia, New York, NY

Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Department of South Asia, Los Angeles, CA

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Slacker Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Harvard Art Museums, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Boston, MA

Norton Simon Museum, Department of Asian Art, Pasadena, CA

Peabody Essex Museum, Department of Indian Art, Salem, MA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Indian & Himalayan Art, Philadelphia, PA 




J.N.Tata Endowment, open to students with a first degree from an Indian university as a part-loan, part-scholarship program.

Inlaks Scholarships, open to Indian nationals below 30 years of age as full scholarships.

Fulbright Nehru Awards, open to Indian nationals for Masters-level study (only) at a U.S. institution.


This is a start. Please add to this list, especially scholars/schools and funding, internships, fellowships, as it helps us all (we are in the same boat, right!).




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