CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported nearly 200 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

Hello! My name is Josh Steinberg and this is my second post of the summer as a research assistant in the CASI student research program. As you may recall, I am a research assistant in the DeRubeis Lab, a psychology lab at Penn. I am involved in research regarding student mental health in India. My […]

The end of July marks the end second month of my summer research on cultural conservation efforts in India. Over the past two months, I have built and expanded a database of local and international organizations that contribute to the preservation of the subcontinent’s built heritage. Driving this work is the desire to catalog the […]

Hello! My name is Simran Rajpal and I am a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying public health and computational biology. This summer, through my Undergraduate Research Internship under the Water Center at Penn, the Center for the Advanced Study of India and Safe Water Network, I’ll be studying how integral water […]

(This update has been based upon research conducted using the digital archives of the Wellcome Library, London as well as digital resources of the FPAI). Two Indian states ruled by the Hindu nationalist right wing political party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Uttar Pradesh and Assam have, recently proposed population control legislations that would considerably […]

Since my last blog post, I have begun analyzing data from fieldwork conducted over the last year, and working toward outlining a chapter of my dissertation following this analysis. While outlining, I have been feeling a particular stuckness around writing about the fragmented nature of fieldwork during COVID-19. During this time, I have frequently returned […]

Hi! My name is Akhil Vaidya, and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying at the Annenberg School of Communication. I am originally from a suburb outside of Atlanta, Georgia, but I will be conducting research from my apartment in West Philadelphia this summer. As a senior, I am excited to […]

Hello! My name is Josh Steinberg and I am a rising senior (Class of 2022) from Needham, MA. I am in the College of Arts and Sciences studying psychology with minors in neuroscience and legal studies/history. This summer, with the support of CASI, I will be assisting Dr. Robert DeRubeis (Dept. of Psychology) and Akash […]

Sometimes while I am neck-deep in human rights reports from the Hampi Bazaar demolition, juggling Hindi and English during an informant interview in Delhi, or falling down the digital rabbit-hole of corporate linkages, I realize how slippery the category of “cultural heritage” can be–and, as such, how complicated it can be to appropriately manage it. […]

It has already been over a month since starting as a Research Assistant for the Unstable Archives project under Professor Robb, and we have already completed several objectives on the agenda. Among the goals that we have met are transcribing the English-language letters of Gerard Gustavus Ducarel and coding metadata for each item featured in […]