UChicago in South Asia News


Recent news

High levels of particulate matter making lives shorter: Michael Greenstone

Michael Greenstone, is the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and Director, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Greenstone, who also served as chief economist in President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, is currently working with the central and state governments to help industries curb air pollution using continuous emission monitoring. In an interview, Greenstone spoke about air pollution, climate change and President Donald Trump.
March 2, 2017

Professor Paul Staniland on India - Pakistan clash in Kashmir

Early on Thursday morning, the Indian army claims its special forces attacked “launchpads” used by militants to infiltrate across the Line of Control between the Indian and Pakistani administered areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Though it has made similar raids in the past, this is the first time the Indian government has openly acknowledged a raid across the LOC, both in public statements and in leaks to the media. Two Pakistan army soldiers and an unknown number of militants were killed in what the Indian army referred to as “surgical strikes.”  Assistant Professor of Political Science Paul Staniland on why after a long period of relative calm are we seeing a new escalation between India and Pakistan in Kashmir.
September 30, 2016

James Nye: An Open Book

Tenured at the University of Chicago, James Nye is the bibliographer for Southern Asia at his university and director of the Digital South Asia Library (DSAL), a programme of the University of Chicago Library. His engagement with this region dates back to his student days and he has been involved in several archival projects, including the microfilming of thousands of publications listed in the National Bibliography Of Indian Literature.
August 5, 2016

India is a bright spot, should make labour market more flexible: Nobel Laureate Lars Peter Hansen

Monetary policy alone cannot be expected to cure economic ailments, said University of Chicago economics professor Lars Peter Hansen, one of the three recipients of the Nobel Prize in 2013, and an expert on linkages between financial markets and the broader macroeconomy. In an interview with Nishanth Vasudevan, Hansen, who was in Mumbai on Monday for an ISB event, said there is some evidence of India being a bright spot globally.
July 26, 2016

Professor Gary Tubb reflects on the poetics and the politics of the Sanskrit language

With Sanskrit making news for right and wrong reasons, it is time to put things in perspective and who better than leading Sanskrit scholar Professor Gary Tubb, the Faculty Director of University of Chicago Center New Delhi to engage in a discussion.
May 30, 2016

‘History in India has been driven by identity’:UChicago Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty

Noted subalternist Dipesh Chakrabarty’s recent book The Calling of History examines Sarkar’s career and uses that to understand and discuss the history of Indian history, as it were. Chakrabarty teaches history at the University of Chicago, and is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Prize that recognizes social scientists for significant academic and public contributions to humanity.
April 21, 2016

Director of Ci3 at the Univ of Chicago, Gilliam’s team work on the Kissa Kahani project

Director of Ci3 at the Univ of Chicago, Gilliam’s team is working on the Kissa Kahani project, which seeks to understand youth through gender and social norms.
March 14, 2016

UChicago Art Historian Anna Seastrand on “A journey through murals in South India”

It was while travelling through Madurai in 2001 that Anna Lise Seastrand's affair with India began. Four years later, when she saw the 16th century murals at the Tiruppudaimarudur temple in Thanjavur, she embarked on a study to trace the historical backdrop of these works.
March 16, 2015

We are working on live transmission of a paediatric robotic course from Chicago to Delhi

Academic exchange and collaborations in research particularly in medical science and health form the cornerstone of new breakthroughs. The University of Chicago (UChicago), which set up its center in India last year, has been collaborating with Indian healthcare institutions since. Dr Mohan Gundeti, Associate Professor Surgery, Pediatrics and Obstetrics/ Gynaecology and Director, Pediatric Urology at the UChicago hospitals (Medical) explains more in an interview with Shalini Gupta
March 11, 2015

High Air Pollution Cuts Most Indian Lives By 3 Years

"India's focus is necessarily on growth. However, for too long, the conventional definition of growth has ignored the health consequences of air pollution," said Michael Greenstone, an author of the study and Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the Energy & Environment Lab at the University of Chicago Urban Labs.
February 21, 2015