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.