The China India Scholar-Leaders Initiative is a new project that will support up to 18 promising young scholar-leaders who are using interdisciplinary research methods to grapple with complex questions related to prosperity and inequality in China and India and want to expand their knowledge and research capacities in this area. It aims at strengthening interdisciplinary inquiries in the field of India China studies and expanding a distinct network of scholarly community. This collaborative initiative involves partnerships with select scholars and institutions, including Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Centre for Policy Research in India, the National Development School at Peking University in China, and the Global Studies program at The New School. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage in a transboundary and interdisciplinary collaboration and conduct field work in India and China to advance their research projects.

Learn more about CISLI here, including information on how to apply for the second cohort Fellowship (2018-2020).

First Cohort Fellows (2017-2019)

Wenrui Chen

Professor Chen received her PhD in Anthropology from New York University in 2015. She also holds an MA in Anthropology from New York University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research draws from two years of ethnographic fieldwork at the Beijing Family Therapy Center and explores the unique problems Chinese families face in contemporary China and the ramifications of learning to understand and manage familial problems in psychotherapeutic terms. She is currently an Independent Researcher and previously served as an Adjunct Instructor at Emmanuel College in Boston. She was awarded the Annette B. Weiner Fellowship in Cultural Anthropology from 2012-13 and the New York University MacCracken Fellowship for Doctoral Students from 2008-2015.

Qudsiya Contractor

Professor Contractor received her PhD in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Science, India in 2014. She also holds an MA from Tata Institute of Social Science and a BSc from the University of Mumbai. Her research focused on spatial politics and urban marginality of Muslim slums in Mumbai. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies at the Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai, India. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in 2015 and the CERI-Sciences Po Fellowship from 2009-2010. Her publications include “Kitchen politics: Muslim women, caste and the beef ban in Mumbai” in Anupama Rao (ed), The Difference of Caste. (Women Unlimited, forthcoming) and Uprooted Homes, Uprooted Lives – A Study on the Impact of Resettlement on a Slum Community in Mumbai, co-authored with Neha Madhiwala and Meena Gopal (CEHAT, 2006).

Aveivey Dahrii

Professor Aveivey Dahrii received her PhD in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 2015. She also holds an MPhil in International Studies from the University of Delhi and a MA in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics. Her research focused on social inequalities and gender in China and India, with a focus on Yunnan and Manipur. She is currently working as a Research Consultant. She was awarded the Dr. Ambedkar National Merit Award in 2016 and served as a consultant for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India in 2015 and 2016. Her publications include “Julia Gillard’s China Policy: An Analysis” in Eurasia Review (2013) and “Muivah’s Intended Visit to Somdal Stirs up Demand for Nagalim” in Mainstream (2010).

Xiaowen Hu

Professor Hu received her PhD in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 2016. She also holds an MA in Southeast Asia Studies from Jinan University, China and a BA in Business Administration from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China. Her research focuses on China and India’s think-tanks, India’s foreign policy, and China-India relations. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences (YASS) in China. She was recognized as an Outstanding Research Fellow at YASS in 2011 and 2012, and she is currently leading the “Chinese Studies in Indian Think Tanks” project at the Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Sciences of Yunnan Province. Her publications include “Promoting BRICS: The Role of China’s Think-Tanksin China and the BRICS: Setting up a Different Kitchen (Pentagon Press, 2016) and “India-Myanmar relations after democratic reform of Myanmar” in Contemporary South Asian Countries (Social Sciences Academic Press, 2016).

Marina Kaneti

Professor Kaneti’s main specialization is in global politics and political theory, with a thematic focus on migration, state policies and economic development. She received her PhD from the New School for Social Research, USA in 2016; and was the recipient of the 2016 Hannah Arendt Dissertation Award. She also holds an MPhil in political theory from the New School, as well as MS in Social Enterprise Administration and BA in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. Marina recently accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor in Global Studies position at the Grand Valley State University in West Michigan.

Her current research studies the intersection between trade agreements, migrants’ networks, and urbanization dynamics in the context of the Chinese New Silk Road, also known as the Belt-Road initiative (一带一路). She will be spending the summer researching the “Belt” part of the Silk Road. Her most recent publications include “(Re)branding the state: border control and the moral imperative of state sovereignty”, co-authored with Mariana Assis in Social Research (2016) and “Mêtis, Migrants, and the Autonomy of Migration” in Citizenship Studies (2015)

Joe Thomas Karackattu

Professor Karackattu received his PhD in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India in 2012. He also holds an MPhil in Chinese Studies and an MA in Politics, both from Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research focused on economic interdependence and vulnerability in recent Chinese-Taiwanese relations. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras, India. He was a recipient of the Centenary Visiting Fellowship Award at the University of London in 2013 and the President’s Award from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in 2011. His publications include “Assessing Sino-Indian Economic Relations in an Interdependence Framework: 1992-2008” in Economic and Political Studies (2015) and The Economic Partnership between India and Taiwan in a Post-ECFA Ecosystem (Springer, 2013).

Yang Lu

Yang Lu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University in Beijing. She joins Tsinghua University from the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where she was a lecturer and senior research assistant in the department of political science, from 2011-1015. In 2014 she got her doctorate in political science from the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, University of Heidelberg. During her doctoral study, she got DAAD research assistantship, and was awarded Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (2011). She was a visiting scholar at the Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (2013) and a former “Emerging Scholars on India China Studies (2015)” with the India China Institute at The New School. Her research interest mainly focuses on South Asia, working on Indian foreign policy, China’s relations with South Asia, South Asian security and regional cooperation and ethno-national movements in Pakistan. She is the author of the book “China-India Relations in the Contemporary World: Dynamics of National Interest and Identity” (Routledge, 2017). Her articles on various aspects of China and South Asian countries have been published both in Chinese and in English.

Shuxi Yin

Professor Yin received his PhD in Economics from the University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2012. He also holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard and a double BA in Economics and Law from Peking University in China. His research focused on inequalities across ethnicities in China. He is currently teaching at Hefei University of Technology in China. He was the recipient of the Japanese government’s Asian Leaders Fellowship Program in 2015, and a Social Science Research Council, also in 2015. His publications include “Determinants of Health Inequality in China: An Empirical Study” in the Journal of Economic Inequality (2016) and “Inequality across Ethnicities in China: Problems and Solutions” in Issue and Studies (2015).


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