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Graduate Student Associates

Every year, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Harvard University supports Graduate Student Associates (GSAs) from across the different schools at Harvard who conduct research focused on South Asia. This program aims to support graduate and Ph.D. students at Harvard. The program is centered on the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

Activities for the Year

  • GSAs participate in monthly working group meetings organized by the Mittal Institute in which they present their research to one another in rotation and receive feedback from the group. Faculty and Research Fellows can be invited upon request
  • Present at the Mittal Institute’s Faculty Cabinet meeting as feasible and receive feedback from the group
  • Present their research as part of a Graduate Student Panel at the Mittal Institute Symposium in May at least once during their tenure as a GSA

Benefits

The Mittal Institute provides:

  • Floating desk access and access to printers and other office amenities (which may include computer monitor, keyboard, and mouse, as available) at the LMSAI office upon request.
  • Financial support for research activities and workshops with application and approval
  • Opportunity to attend closed MI events, which may include events and socials with visiting scholars, and informal tea or lunch gatherings
  • Upon request, introduction to MI’s network of institutions and faculty and opportunities to connect with in-region staff and faculty
  • The opportunity to be profiled or interviewed and have research showcased in the MI newsletter and website.
  • Opportunities to connect to the Delhi Office if in India for research
  • Professional development sessions, faculty presentations, or other ideas for meetings can be arranged according to the group’s interests and suggestions.

Current GSAs


Aidan Milliff

Graduate Student Associate, 2021-2022
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Akshay Dixit

Graduate Student Associate, 2021-2022
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Bennett Comerford

Graduate Student Associate, 2021–2022
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Blair Read

Graduate Student Associate, 2021-2022
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Hansong Li

Graduate Student Associate, 2021–2022
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Ronak Jain

Graduate Student Associate, 2021–2022
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Tianjia (Tina) Liu

Graduate Student Associate, 2021–2022
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Past GSAs


Soledad Prillaman

Graduate Student Associate, 2016-2017

Asad Liaqat

Graduate Student Associate, 2016-2017

Hardeep Dhillon

Graduate Student Associate, 2016-2017

Gregory Clines

Graduate Student Associate, 2016-2017

Amiya Bhatia

Graduate Student Associate, 2016-2017


Mou Banerjee

PhD Candidate, Department of History, Harvard University
Research focus: Indian intellectuals’ encounters with Christianity in the nineteenth century

Rosanna Picascia

PhD candidate in the Study of Religion focusing on South Asian philosophy of religion

Mircea Raianu

PhD Candidate, Dept. of History, Harvard University

Sarika Gupta

PhD candidate, Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Priyasha Saksena

SJD Candidate, Harvard Law School