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Centre Staff

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Mukulika Banerjee, Director 

Email: M.Banerjee@lse.ac.uk

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

Email: N.Sarkar@lse.ac.uk

Read more about his role and interests here


 

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Mahima Jain, Blog Editor

Email: southasia@lse.ac.uk; M.Ashok-Kumar-Jain@lse.ac.uk

Mahima co-manages the South Asia Centre’s social media, monthly e-newsletter and other event communications, and edits the South Asia @ LSE, the Centre's flagship blog which features articles by academics and experts working on the region.  

Mahima has a Master's degree in Journalism from Cardiff University, and a post graduate diploma from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai in 2012. She specialised in video production and film studies in her undergraduate studies. She has worked as a Research Associate on a UNICEF and Asian College of Journalism project on child rights and media in 2012-13. Between 2013 and 2017 she worked as an editor with a premier Indian news group The Hindu. She is interested in the history, identity and socio-cultural position of Tamil Jains within the Tamil society as well as their unique place as a minority within the minority Jain community.


 

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Rebecca Bowers, Blog Editor

Email: southasia@lse.ac.uk; R.E.Bowers@lse.ac.uk

Becky co-manages the South Asia Centre’s social media, monthly e-newsletter and other event communications, and edits the South Asia @ LSE, the Centre's flagship blog which features articles by academics and experts working on the region. She is also a a final year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at LSE. 

Before joining the Centre, Becky has worked as a research assistant at both LSE and Johns Hopkins. Prior to her life in academia she held various positions in events, marketing and project support roles, as well as numerous internships at museums, reflecting her enduring passion for the arts. She holds an MSc in Social Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology, Archaeology and Art History. Her PhD research and publications explore the lives of female construction workers and their families in Bengaluru, India. She is also a lifelong cricket fan with a moderate pav bhaji addiction.


 

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Shema Bhujel, Administrator

Email: southasiacentre@lse.ac.uk; S.Bhujel@lse.ac.uk

Shema manages the logistics of running the Centre, in publicising and organising its many activities and diverse platforms for research, public engagement and collaboration on the region. She also manages the SAC website. 

Shema joined the SAC with a variety of skills in publishing, archival work and quantitative household surveys. Shema has recently worked as the Research Coordinator for a regional publication, Himal Southasian, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has an MSc in Social Anthropology from LSE, and a range of research interests reflected in her BA and MSc programmes ― on political violence, vigilante groups, forest rights and gender issues.


 

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Huma Yusuf, Advisor-Pakistan

Email: H.Yusuf@lse.ac.uk

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.