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LMSAI Faculty Research Grant Recipient (clockwise, from top left): Elizabeth Levey, Alexandra Harrison, Adaner Usmani, Kavishwar Wagholikar, Ajay K. Singh, Asim Ijaz Khwaja , Mashail Malik, Vikram Patel, Caleb Dresser, Homi Bhabha, Gautam Nair, Venki Murthy, Gabriel Kreindler, Kristen Stilt, Jinah Kim, Satchit Balsari, Caroline Buckee, Rahul Mehrotra. 

2022-2023 Award Winners

Each year, the Mittal Institute supports faculty research projects with grants ranging up to $25,000. Harvard faculty members are eligible for grants that bring together faculty from different fields and regions whose scholarship relates to South Asia. Traditionally, the Mittal Institute has prioritized interdisciplinary research, as well as projects that catalyze connectivity between scholars at Harvard and those in South Asia. We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients—the highest number of awardees in Mittal Institute history—and their research initiatives below.


A Feasibility Study of the Building Baby Brains Training Program for Health Workers in Rural Pakistan
Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Levey and Alexandra Harrison
Co-Investigators: Edward Tronick, Muhammad Zeshan, Sadiq Naveed, Shazia Parveen, Hamid Hassan, Shamsa Zafar

The History of Punishment in India
Principal Investigator: Adaner Usmani

Feasibility of Deploying an Open-source Analytical Platform for Electronic Health Records in India
Principal Investigator: 
Kavishwar Wagholikar
Co-Investigators: Shawn Murphy, Shrikanth Tripathy, Dileep Mavlankar, Keyur Parikh, Ameet Dravid, Arpit Prajapati, Anchit Bhatnagar

Education to Combat Vaccine Hesitancy
Principal Investigator: Ajay K. Singh
Co-Investigator: Anika T. Singh

Increasing Salience to Rebuild the Social Compact: Urban Service Delivery and Property Taxes in Pakistan
Principal Investigator: Asim Ijaz Khwaja
Co-Investigators: Benjamin Olken, Adnan Khan, Mahvish Shaukat

Who Owns the City? Migration, Ownership and Urban Ethnic Parties in Karachi
Principal Investigator: Mashail Malik

Evaluating the Preliminary Impacts, Feasibility, Acceptability, and Sustainability of MeWeSports: A Sports-mediated Substance-use Prevention Program in Adolescents in India
Principal Investigator: Vikram Patel
Co-Investigators: Abhijit Nadkarni, Urvita Bhatia, Soumya Singh, Suheil Tandon

Climate Change, Health Security and Emergency Care in India: An Exploratory Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Caleb Dresser
Co-Investigators: Tamorish Kole, Punidha Kaliaperumal, Pallavi Chawla

The Right to Interpretation
Principal Investigator: Homi Bhabha

Financial Politics in Contemporary India
Principal Investigator: Gautam Nair

Scienspur: Building a Better Society through STEM Education
Principal Investigator: Venki Murthy
Co-Investigator: Nagaraju Dhanyasi

Measuring Spatial Frictions in Urban Labor Markets in the Bangladesh Ready-Made Garment Sector
Principal Investigator: Gabriel Kreindler
Co-Investigator: Julia Cajal-Grossi

Halal Animals: Food, Faith, and the Future of Planetary Health
Principal Investigator: Kristen Stilt

MCH [Mapping Color in History] in Action: Mobile Heritage Lab for Scientific Analysis of Paintings in India
Principal Investigator: Jinah Kim
Co-Investigators: Michele Derrick, Erin Mysak

A Data Repository for Disaster Response in India
Principal Investigator: Satchit Balsari, Caroline Buckee
Co-Investigators: Mihir Bhatt, Abhishek Bhatia, Biraj Patnaik

The State of Architecture in South Asia
Principal Investigator: Rahul Mehrotra
Co-Investigator: Aeshna Prasad