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Research Affiliates

The Mittal Institute Research Affiliates Program accepts a limited number of researchers and faculty each year whose area of interest is South Asia.  Research Affiliates will contribute to the academic study of South Asia on campus by bringing their expertise on a wide range of issues to the University.

The Mittal Institute allows for applications from scholars, professors and researchers who have completed a Ph.D., who are visitors at Harvard, or are in residence in the New England region, whose presence at the University can support Harvard faculty and student research. Research Affiliates are appointed by The Mittal Institute Committee for a one year academic term after review of a submitted CV, letter of interest which outlines current area(s) of research, along with a reference to a Harvard faculty member working in the affiliates’ field of study. The Mittal Institute Research Affiliates will receive a Harvard ID that provides library privileges to the 70+ Harvard University Libraries. In addition, Research Affiliates will receive regular mailings and invitations to Harvard/The Mittal Institute events, lectures and symposia.  The Mittal Institute Research Affiliates are encouraged to participate in and/or organize seminars based on The Mittal Institute faculty research interests at least once during the academic year. In addition, Research Affiliates are asked to be available to Harvard students and scholars for research inquiries related to their area of research. Affiliates are appointed without stipend, and they are expected to provide their own funding and living expenses.  Affiliates are not housed in The Mittal Institute offices, and must independently arrange for work space as well as administrative support. At the end of a Research affiliate tenure, scholars are requested to submit a paper on their year’s research that will be published as part of The Mittal Institute’s Working Paper series. Applications for the The Mittal Institute Research Affiliate program are accepted on a rolling basis. Application Components:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Recommendation letter from Harvard faculty (this may be emailed by the faculty member directly to sainit@fas.harvard.edu

Send application components by email or mail to: sainit@fas.harvard.edu The Mittal Institute Att: Research Affiliate< 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge MA 02138

2018-2019 Research Affiliates


Ronak D. Desai

Law and Security Fellow at New America, Washington, D.C.
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Michael TS Lindenmayer

Mittal Institute Associate
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Hasna J. Moudud

Visiting Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2012-2014
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Sujata Saunik

Takemi Fellow, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
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Salil Shetty

Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
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Veronica Vargas

Research Affiliate
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Muhammad H. Zaman

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health, Boston University
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2017-2018 Research Affiliates


Vineeta Sinha

Head, South Asian Studies Program & Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore

Alka Palrecha

Humphrey Fellow, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, 2017-2018

Ronak D. Desai

Law and Security Fellow at New America in Washington D.C.

Hasna J. Moudud

Visiting Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2012-2014

2016-2017 Research Affiliates


Fauzia E. Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Miami University of Ohio

Hasna J. Moudud

Visiting Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2012-2014

Shreyas Navare

Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Hasit Shah

Journalist; Former Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation

2015-2016 Research Affiliates


Fauzia E. Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Miami University of Ohio

Hasna J. Moudud

Visiting Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2012-2014

2014-2015 Research Affiliates


Fauzia E. Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Miami University of Ohio

Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College

Hasna J. Moudud

Visiting Fellow, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, 2012-2014

2013-2014 Research Affiliates


Mumtaz Anwar, PhD

Research Fellow at Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI) Germany, Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, University of the Punjab, Lahore (Pakistan)

2012-2013 Research Affiliates


Vanita Yadav

Visiting Scholar
Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship, MIT

Manjari Chatterjee Miller

Assistant Professor of International Relations
Boston University