Lopamudra Banerjee is an assistant professor of economics in The New School for Social Research. Her research interests include the economics of development, Inequality and Vulnerability, and the Political Economy of Disasters. Her most recent publication has been about disasters in Bangladesh entitled ‘Effects of Flood on Agricultural Wage formation in Bangladesh: An Empirical Analysis’, which appeared in the journal, World Development, in November 2007.
Sumita Chakravarty (PhD in Communications) is chair of the undergraduate Media and Cultural Studies concentration at Eugene Lang College and a core faculty member of the graduate Media Studies program in The New School for Public Engagement. She has taught extensively in the areas of media and cultural theory, film and television studies, third world cinema, globalization, and comparative media studies. Her current research projects include a cross-cultural study of visual technologies and social change in Egypt and India, a book on media's role in globalization, tentatively titled “The Cultural Identity Mapping Project: Topologies of Media in/for the 21st Century.” She is the author of National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema (1993) and has edited a collection of essays on Indian filmmaker Mrinal Sen. Her articles have also appeared in several anthologies.
Dilip da Cunha
Architect and city planner Dilip da Cunha, a principal of Mathur/da Cunha, is a faculty member in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design and a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University, and the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India. He is a the author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001) and Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Rupa & Co., New Delhi, 2006).
Vyjayanthi Rao is an assistant professor of anthropology and international affairs at The New School for Social Research. She is also a research associate (former co-director) of PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research), an interdisciplinary research laboratory based in Mumbai, India. She received her PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago and was a post-doctoral associate at Yale prior to joining The New School faculty.
Her research focuses on globalization, development and cities and in particular, on issues concerning infrastructure, violence, memory and the cultural politics of modernity in contemporary and colonial South Asia. Her current research concerns the contemporary urban infrastructure of Mumbai and the impact of global processes on Mumbai's urban futures. She has published several articles based on this research, including articles in Public Culture and Built Environment.
Her dissertation research involved assessing the impact of a mega-dam project amongst displaced and marginalized communities in rural South India. A book manuscript, based on this fieldwork, is in preparation. It focuses on an archaeological heritage conservation project undertaken as part of the dam development, attempting to reconcile the heritage of development with the development of heritage.
In addition to her anthropology courses, Professor Rao collaboratively teaches courses that focus on the relationship between design and society. She has served as the director of a faculty forum on South Asia and the Muslim World at The New School.
Sanjay Ruparelia is an assistant professor of Political Science at The New School for Social Research with a joint appointment to teach undergraduate courses in the New School Bachelor's Program. His areas of teaching include comparative politics, political economy of development and modern South Asia. His present research concerns transformations in contemporary Indian politics: economic liberalization, militant Hindu nationalism and the dynamics of power sharing amongst lower-caste, regional and communist parties in federal coalition politics. He is co-organizer of a collaborative interdisciplinary project, currently called Understanding India's New Political Economy, which seeks to explain the linkages between these preceding transformations.
Anwar Shaikh is a Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research. His research interests include international comparisons of the welfare state and non-linear dynamic models of growth and cycles. He teaches development economics, political economy, growth and cycle theory, and the history of economic thought. His publications include, Measuring the Wealth of Nations: The Political Economy of National Accounts, which he coauthored in 1994, and Globalization and the Myths of Free Trade published in 1996.
Nidhi Srinivas is an associate professor of non-profit management in the School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy of The New School for Public Engagement. His research interests center on civil society and critical theory, specifically the management of non-government organizations (NGOs) and the use of management knowledge for professional power. He teaches courses non-profit management, international development, and general management, for example, NGOs and International Development and Civil Society and South Asia. His articles are published in journals like Current Sociology, Organization, International Studies of Management and Organization, and Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Nargis Virani is an assistant professor of Arabic in the School of Languages at The New School for Public Engagement. She received her MA in 1991 and her PhD in 1999 in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Education from London University and a bachelor of commerce from Bombay University. She studied at many prestigious institutions in the Arab world, including the University of Jordan in Amman, the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis, and al-Azhar mosque in Cairo. At al-Azhar she studied the Qur'an with the Shaykh of al-Azhar and was awarded the shahadah (certificate) and the ijazah (permission to teach the Qur'an). Her areas of specialization are Arabic language and literature, Persian language and literature, Islamic thought, and Sufism. Her doctoral dissertation, “I am the Nightingale of the Merciful Macaronic or Upside Down?” analyzed the Mulamma'at, the mixed-language poems in Rumi's Diwan. In this work, she proposes that “speaking in many tongues” be looked at as a brilliant linguistic strategy employed by the mystic to fashion an imaginative form of apophatic discourse. She is converting her dissertation into a book, which will include English translations of all of Rumi's verses in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek, and Armenian. Professor Virani's second book project is tentatively titled “Qur'an in Muslim Literary Memory” and analyzes the use of the Qur'an by “litterateurs” from secular, religious, and mystical backgrounds.
Neguin Yavari (PhD in History, Columbia University, 1992) is assistant professor of Islamic Studies at The New School. Her biography of a medieval Persian vizier, Nizam al-Mulk, is forthcoming from Oneworld Press; her most recent article,"Polysemous Texts and Reductionist Readings: Women and Heresy in the Siyar al-Muluk," appeared in a collected volume that she co-edited. She has an article forthcoming on the politics of women's participation in new religious movements in an anthology compiled by the Muslim Communities of New York Project, sponsored by the Middle East Institute of Columbia University. Alongside research on the politics of religious activity among Muslim women, she has just completed an entry on the early history and ethnogenesis of the Saljuq Turks for the International Encyclopaedia for the Middle Ages, published by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. Yavari is currently completing a major project on comparative biographies, mirrors for princes, and the question of authority in the medieval period.