Centre Staff

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Mukulika Banerjee, Director 


Mukulika’s current research interests are on the cultural meanings of democracy. Her most recent publication is Why India Votes? (2014) in which she explores the reasons behind India's rising trends of voter participation. She is currently completing a manuscript based on 15 years of engagement with a village in India to explain the sources of democratic thinking in Indian social life. Read more about her research and interests here.


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Nilanjan Sarkar, Deputy Director and Development Manager


Nilanjan brings to the role professional experience in 3 related areas in higher education: research and teaching, academic publishing, and administration.

Nilanjan was awarded his PhD in 2005 from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on a Persian Advice text written in 14th century Delhi, now surviving as a single manuscript in the collections of the British Library. His specialism is in the medieval Islamic history of the Indian subcontinent, with a particular focus on the pre-Mughal period (AD 1000-1400) in which he holds a Masters and an MPhil as well.

Read more about his role and interests here



Christopher Finnigan, Events & Communications Officer, and Editor of 'South Asia @ LSE' 


Christopher is Events & Communications Officer, and Editor of ‘South Asia @ LSE’, the flagship blog of the South Asia Centre. He is responsible for commissioning and creating content for the blog and the Centre’s other digital platforms, along with developing and delivering the Centre’s events through the year. He is also the principal point of contact for the Centre’s events and communication streams, and works closely with LSE students, external partners and stakeholders to deliver the Centre’s events through the year.

Read more about his role and interests here. 



Tamara Williams, Administrator


Tamara is Administrator of the South Asia Centre. In this role, Tamara acts as the principal point of contact for all enquiries concerning the Centre and its activities, whilst also working closely with the Events & Communications Officer to actively promote and ensure the proper delivery of all the Centre’s events. She is responsible for organising, scheduling and publicising all events, and collaborating with students and stakeholders – both within LSE and outside -- to organise a wide range of activities for the Centre both within and outside the School.  

Read more about her role and interests here.


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Huma Yusuf, Advisor-Pakistan


Huma is a political risk consultant focusing on Pakistan and Afghanistan, and a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC. She was the Pakistan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010–11, and from 2012–14, Huma worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she launched and edited the India@LSE (now South Asia @ LSE) blog, and supported the launch of the South Asia Centre.