The South Asian Studies Program (SASP) is devoted to the enhancement of instruction, research, and the dissemination of knowledge about India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

SASP supports the B.A. in Asian Languages and Literature (Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit) offered through the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature.


Award-winning author Shailaja Paik to illuminate Dalit histories at upcoming South Asian Studies Program talk

Monday, March 4, 2024
Shailaja Paik will discuss her book, the first social and intellectual history of Dalit performance of Tamasha—a popular form of public, secular, traveling theater.

Rethinking equality, neighborliness, and dignity through Gandhi and Ambedkar: a discussion with Ajay Skaria and Aishwary Kumar 

Monday, October 16, 2023
Join the South Asian Studies program on November 2 for this discussion about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, key figures in the history of modern India.

What Gandhi did not see: author Dr. Zainub Priya Dala to deconstruct aspects of being Indian in South Africa

Monday, September 18, 2023
Join the South Asian Studies Program as they welcome author Dr. Zainub Priya Dala on Friday, October 6. Dala will provide an assessment of the legacy of Gandhi in South Africa, the land where he began his political career before going on to become one of the most enigmatic - and controversial - leaders the modern world has seen. 

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Academic Programs

International Studies B.A.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at The University of Iowa offers an International Studies B.A., an interdisciplinary program that allows students to choose a geographic or thematic area as the focus of their studies. Students interested in concentrating on South Asian Studies are encouraged to consider an International Studies major with an emphasis in South Asian Studies.

India Winterim Program
India Winterim is an intensive, three-week, field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic.

Contact Us

Aniruddha Dutta
Director, South Asian Studies Program