Stanford Global Studies faculty are essential to the division's efforts to grow international awareness and understanding at Stanford and beyond. The hundreds of faculty affiliated with SGS centers and programs represent every school at Stanford - business, earth sciences, education, engineering, law, medicine, and humanities and sciences - as well as many of Stanford's centers and institutes.
In this series, faculty members who make up the SGS community discuss their life experiences, research interests, and scholarship.
I first chanced upon the field of South Asian religions, and Religious Studies as a whole, as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. The academic study of religion, as I first discovered as an enthusiastic and impressionable first-year student, addressed many of the foundational questions that had inspired my pursuit of an academic career. Read more.
As an undergraduate student in St. Xavier’s College, Bombay, in the early 1990s, I was an English literature major (after battling parental insistence that I study medicine or engineering!). Amidst all the Chaucer, Donne, Austen, and Hemingway, we happened to watch — in a course on adaptation taught by Sangeeta Datta (now an independent scholar-filmmaker in the UK) ... Read more.
I’m from Pakistan so a lot of the questions I think about are informed by having grown up in the region, as well as through the cumulative experience of working on these topics over time. At Lahore University of Management Sciences, I worked for my undergraduate thesis supervisor as a research assistant on one of his projects, which was about the intergenerational mobility of education in rural Punjab. Read more.
My whole job as an English professor is to reveal the centrality of cultural production in the Global South to what we think of as traditionally northern, western, or (heaven forfend) universal concepts. Read more.