Monthly Archives: October 2011

Oct 7, 2011
CSAS Welcomes Six New South Asia Faculty Members to UH

CSAS is pleased to announce the addition of six new faculty members to its academic community.

Waquar Ahmed is Assistant Professor of Geography.  He studies the socio-economic and environmental contradictions of capitalism, focusing on global governance institutions, corporate power, foreign direct investments, exploitation of nature in general and conventional energy resources in particular, energy infrastructure and state-society relations.  He comes to UH after completing his PhD in Geography from Clark University.

Jan Brunson is Assistant Professor in Anthropology.  Her research interests include fertility and reproduction, new medical technologies and culture,
the subjectivity of motherhood, globalization and health, agency, gender,
family systems, adventure tourism, and Nepal.  She completed her PhD from Brown University.

Urvashi Chakravarty is Assistant Professor of English.  She studies early modern English drama using primarily a philological approach.  Professor Chakravarty comes to UH having completed her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Ashok Das is Assistant Professor in Urban Planning.  His research explores innovations in and challenges to ameliorating urban poverty in developing countries, with a primary focus on India and Indonesia.  Professor Das comes to UH having completed doctoral work in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.  His new research seeks to explore the impacts of natural disasters on cities and the impacts of integrated microfinance on urban poverty alleviation and community empowerment.

Andy Rumbach is also Assistant Professor in Urban Planning.  His research intetrests include disaster risk reduction and management, environmental planning,
urbanization and informality in South Asia, geographies of urban risk,
and planning history.  He comes to UH from Cornel University.

Cheri Vasek is Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology.  She teaches a variety of costume design and technology courses as beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.  Professor Vasek’s current research interest is in the process of Costume Designers in the Indian Film Industry.  To that end, she recently completed a 2-month field research trip to India under a USITT grant.

We welcome each of these new faculty to the South Asian Studies community at UHM!



UH Student Selected for Critical Language Scholarship

UH Student Kathy Nii has been selected by the United States Department of State as a recipient of a Critical Language
Scholarship.  Only three UH Students were selected.  Kathy will be studying Bangla/Bengali. Continue reading


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