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New Director for Asian Studies

May 2, 2016

We are excited to announce Professor Rajeev Kinra has been appointed the new Director of the Asian Studies Program. Rajeev K. Kinra (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2008) specializes in South Asian intellectual history, particularly early modern Indo-Persian literary and political culture under the Mughal and British Empires (16th-19th centuries). His research draws on several linguistic traditions (especially Persian, but also Hindi-Urdu and Sanskrit), using archival sources to investigate diverse modes of civility, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, and modernity across the Indo-Persian and Indian Ocean worlds.

Professor Kinra, with Laura Brueck, also co-Directs the Global Humanities Initiative research group which will bring much-needed attention not only to the rich humanistic traditions of non-Western voices, but also to their relevance for global development and public policy—helping to make Northwestern a recognized leader in a vital international conversation about the continuing role of the humanities in building a more just, tolerant, and humane 21st century.

The initiative is funded through a partnership between the Buffett Institute and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

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