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Friday, October 13 | 11am-3pm | Perry World House

As India has become an increasing area of focus for many faculty and Schools across Penn, Penn Global has sought to support India-related initiatives on campus and abroad. On Friday, October 13, 2017, Penn Global will hold the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural India Research Symposium at Perry World House. In hosting this event, we aim to positively highlight Penn faculty work in India and foster interdisciplinary dialogue among stakeholders across campus to inform Penn’s ongoing engagement in India. 


The program will comprise several moderated research “blitz” panels highlighting Penn faculty work across a broad range of fields. The goal is to showcase the range of work being done across the University.


If you are a faculty member interested in presenting, please email .


11:00am - Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Wendell Pritchett, Provost, University of Pennsylvania

  • Amy Gadsden, Executive Director of Penn Global

  • William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House

11:30am - Research Blitz I: Education, Health, and Society

Moderated by: LaShawn Jefferson, Deputy Director, Perry World House

  • Randomized Control Trial of Parenting and Preschool Options in Rural Odhissa, Jere Behrman (SAS)

  • Penn-GSE  - Tata Institute - Ministry of Human Resource Development Partnership, Sharon Ravitch (GSE)

  • India's Pursuit of Institutions of Eminence, Matt Hartley (GSE) and Alan Ruby (GSE)

  • Ancillary Employment Generation Impact of Microfinance Initiatives in Karnataka, Allison Russell (SP2) for Femida Handy (SP2)

  • Leaks and the Hydraulic City, Nikhil Anand (SAS)

  • Behavioral Change in Sanitation: Ending OD in India, Christina Bicchieri (SAS)

  • Milk Mission - An Elite Dairy Product, Dipti Pitta (Vet)

12:30pm - Lunch

With the South Asia Center and Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI)

  • Featuring brief presentations and a Q&A session with student participants in internship and embedded course programs in India
1:15pm - Research Blitz II: Business, Innovation, and Politics

Moderated by: Harbir Singh, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

  • Teaching Statistical Thinking at the Young India Fellowship 2011–2017, Santosh Venkatesh (SEAS)

  • Research Projects of Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Bilal Baloch (SAS) for Devesh Kapur (SAS)

  • Brand India, Dave Reibstein (Wharton)

  • The Business Leaders Building India's Large Companies, Michael Useem (Wharton) 

  • Accessibility and Mobility in Urban India, Gilles Duranton (Wharton)

  • Private Healthcare Systems in India, Lawton Robert Burns (Wharton)

2:00pm - Research Blitz III: Humanities, Culture, and Environment

Moderated by: Amy Gadsden, Executive Director, Penn Global

  • Long-term Histories of Inhabited Landscapes & the Future of Biodiversity Hotspots in Peninsular India, Mark Lycett (SAS)

  • Ethnoarchaeology of Coastal Communities in Kerala, South India, Thomas Tartaron (SAS)

  • Is India a "Land of Rivers" or an "Ocean of Rain?", Anuradha Mathur (Design)

  • New Trends in Collaborative Translations of India's Literary and Scientific Heritage, Deven Patel (SAS)

  • Elite Households and the Social History of Northern India, 1450-1750, Ramya Sreenivasan (SAS)

  • A Man Sinister Beyond Belief, Anne Norton (SAS)

  • Music History and Ethnic Relations in South Asia, Jim Sykes (SAS)

2:45pm - Closing Remarks
  • Ezekiel Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives