June 17, 2013
In this issue of India in Transition, Milan Vaishnav, Associate, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., argues that, despite the prevailing wisdom about the role of ethnic identity in Indian elections, voters make systematic errors in identifying the ethnicity of the candidates for whom they vote.
CASI Announces 2013 Penn Faculty Research Grant Awardees
CASI's annual Penn Faculty Research Grants support Penn faculty who want to conduct research related to contemporary India. The 2013 Penn Faculty Awardees represent five disciplines and are from four of Penn's twelve schools.
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Introducing CASI Seminar Live Streaming and Videos
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As of January 2013, videos of select seminars are available online:
Stephen P. Cohen - January 30, 2013
Andrew B. Kennedy - February 8, 2013
Bruce O. Riedel - February 15, 2013
Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner - April 5, 2013
Welcome from the Director Since its founding in 1992, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) has continued to uphold Penn’s global reputation as a leading center of research in South Asian studies. The goals of the Center are threefold. The first goal is to engage in policy-relevant research focused on the challenges facing contemporary India and thereby improve our understanding of India's politics and society, its rapidly changing economy, and transformation as an ancient civilization and emerging major power. In doing so, we strive to create a forum in which scholars can dialogue with academic, policy, and business communities. The second goal is to nurture students’ interest in contemporary India through internships at the Center and interactions with visiting scholars who are in residence at CASI, as well as by providing them with opportunities to work and conduct research in India. And third, the Center aims to act as a public forum on contemporary India by hosting seminars, workshops and conferences year-round, and through our online publication, India in Transition, which provides scholars around the world a medium to exchange ideas about contemporary India.
As CASI continues to grow and expand, we hope to further strengthen ties throughout Penn and collaborate with leading research centers worldwide, including our counterpart organization based in India, the University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India (UPIASI). In doing so, we look forward to furthering our role as an international hub for policy-relevant research on modern India.
Director, Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India