INPAC Faculty

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
3124 Wesley W. Posvar Hall (Anthropology); 4112 Wesley W. Posvar Hall (ASC)
East Asia, Pacific Asia
<p>Nicole Constable is a sociocultural anthropologist whose interests include transnationalism, migration and mobilities; the commodification of intimacy; gender and reproductive labor; ethnographic writing and power. Her geographical areas of specialization are Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. She has conducted fieldwork in Hong Kong on constructions of Hakka Chinese Christian identity, on resistance and discipline among Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers, and among migrant parents. Recent publications have focused on cross-border marriages, internet ethnography, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, religion and labor protests among migrant workers. &nbsp;Her newest publication is a book titled&nbsp;<em>Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor</em> (University of California Press and Hong Kong University Press 2014).</p>

2014   Constable, Nicole. Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor. University of California Press, 2014.


2013   "Correspondence Marriages, Virtual Communities, and Counter-Erotics on the Internet" In Media, Erotics and Transnational Asia. Purnima Mankekar and Louisa Schein, eds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 111-37. 


2013   "Conference as Feminist Ethnography and the Blurring of Boundaries". Special issue Remapping the Erotic: Interrogations from Asia, Sik Ying Ho, ed. Sexualities.


2012   Brides, Maids and Prostitutes: Reflections on the Study of “Trafficked” Women. In: Shadow lines: Women and Borders in Contemporary Asia. Devleena Ghosh, ed. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, pp. 14-35. 


PhD, University of Delaware, 1988
5314 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Southeast Asia

2013    Troyan, F., Davin, K., & Donato, R. Exploring a practice-based approach to teacher education: A work in progress. Canadian Modern Language Review


2013    Davin, K., & Donato, R. (2013). Student collaboration and teacher-directed classroom dynamic assessment: A complementary pairing. Foreign Language Annals


2013    Troyan, F.J., Davin, K., Donato, R., & Hellmann, A. (2012). Integrated performance assessment (IPA) in an elementary school Spanish program. Association for Childhood Education International: Focus on the Elementary


240 Mervis Hall
Southeast Asia
<p>Dung Nguyen&#39;s research interests include various aspects of management decisions such as optimal sales behavior, optimal advertising, economic decisions under uncertainty, applications of stochastic control theory, and estimations of various econometric systems. He is currently interested in theoretical and empirical issues of theories of business cycles and aspects of international economics. Nguyen has published in and served as a referee for several professional economics and management journals, and has regularly presented papers at professional meetings. His teaching assignments at the Katz School include managerial economics at the MBA level, and doctoral seminars in econometrics and multivariate analysis.</p>

N/A    "Competitive Advertising Strategies and Market Dynamics: A Research Note on Theory and Evidence," with Larry Shi, in Management Science.


2005   "Firm Capabilities, Timing of Internet Adoption, and Performance," with L. Shi, J. Hulland, and R. Chatterjee, MSI Reports, Issue Four, Marketing Science Institute, Boston, MA.


2003    Book Review: The Vietnamese Economy, edited by B. Tran Nam and C. Do Pham, Routledge-Curzon, in Journal of Asian Business.


Edwin D.
PhD, Princeton University, 1965
1520 Cathedral of Learning
South Asia
<p>Edwin Floyd is Professor of Classics. He joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty in 1966, having taught previously at the College of William and Mary. His areas of specialization are Greek poetry, Greek and Indo-European linguistics, and Sanskrit. All three of these areas are combined in his work on Indo-European poetic formulas in Sanskrit (Rig-Veda and Mahabharata) and in Greek. In the case of inherited formulas in Greek, there is of course a certain focus on Homer, but his work in this area also ranges from archaic lyric poetry through the Late Antique and Byzantine periods. Homer, Sappho, Parmenides, Pindar, Bacchylides, Sophocles, Nonnos, and Cometas are among the authors on whom he has published, along with Linear B, Greek phonology and morphology, and the importance of the pitch accent in Greek poetry.</p>
Robert M.
  • PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981
  • JD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978
South Asia
<p>Robert Hayden is an anthropologist of law and politics, and has done extensive work on the reconstruction of states and nations in the former Yugoslavia, following extensive fieldwork there. He has also done fieldwork in India and among the Senecas of New York state, and has as well written on issues concerning the American legal system and its role in society. Professor Hayden also holds appointments on the faculty of the Law School and in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and is Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies.</p>

2013   From Yugoslavia to the Western Balkans: Studies of a European Disunion, 1991-2011. Leiden: Brill


2013   “Fahrenheit 96.8: The Cold-Blooded Mass destruction of ‘Unsuitable” Books in Croatia in the 1990s” (review essay on Knjigocid: Uništavanje knjige u Hrvatskoj 1990-ih, by Ante Lešaja). Slavic Review


2013   “Imagined Commonalities: The Invention of a Late Ottoman ‘Tradition’ of Coexistence” (with Slobodan Naumović). American Anthropologist. 


PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2001
450 Cathedral of Learning
South Asia
<p>Neepa Majumdar is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies. Her research interests include star studies, film sound, South Asian early cinema, documentary film, and questions of film history and historiography. Her book Wanted Cultured Ladies Only: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s (University of Illinois Press, 2009) won an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Best First Book Award of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Her essays have appeared in The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, South Asian Popular Culture, and Post Script, as well as collections such as The Continuum Companion to Sound in Film and Visual Media (ed. Graeme Harper, 2009), Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (ed. R. L. Rutsky and Jeffrey Gieger, 2005), and Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, (ed. Arthur Knight and Pamela Wojcik, 2001).</p>

2012    “Teaching Indian Cinema: The Burden of Representation and Other Dilemmas of National Cinema Pedagogy” in Teaching Film, eds. Lucy Fischer and Patrice Petro 


2011    “Importing Neorealism, Exporting Cinema: Indian Cinema and Film Festivals in the 1950s,” Global Neorealism: The Transnational History of a Film Style. Eds. Robert Sklar and Saverio Giovacchini, University Press of Mississippi,


2010    “Sant Tukaram (1936),” The Cinema of India: 24 Frames Series. Ed. Lalitha Gopalan Wallflower Press


PhD, University of Maryland, 1994
4600 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Southeast Asia
Jennifer Brick
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
3806 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
<p>Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She is writing a book on the role of customary and village governance in the state-building process in Afghanistan for which she conducted interviews and focus groups in more than 30 Afghan villages across six provinces over the span of two years. In the policy world, she has managed U.S. Government democracy assistance for the United States Agency of International Development in Uzbekistan and drafted legislative materials for the new Afghan Parliament as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program in Kabul. She has lived for more than seven years in various parts of Central Eurasia, primarily in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Jennifer was a research fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School and served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.</p>

2012    “Colored by Revolution: The Political Economy of Autocratic Stability in Uzbekistan.”  Democratization 


2012    “Soviet Union in Central Asia,” in Volume 4: Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia; Part 3, 1900 to Present: Soviet Union in Central Asia 


2012    “Osama bin Laden,” in Volume 4: Cultural Sociology of West, Central, and South Asia; Part 3, 1900 to Present: Soviet Union in Central Asia


PhD, Cornell University, 1994
609A Cathedral of Learning
South Asia
<p>Shalini Puri works on postcolonial theory and cultural studies of the global south with an emphasis on the Caribbean. Her award-winning book The Caribbean Postcolonial: Social Equality, Post-Nationalism, and Cultural Hybridity explores the relations amongst nationalisms, feminisms, and assesses various theories and histories of cultural hybridity. She continues to be interested in researching the cultural practices, conflicts, and solidarities which have arisen out of the overlapping African and Asian diasporas set in motion by slavery and indentureship. She is completing a book entitled The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory, which studies the conflicting cultural memories of the Grenada Revolution as they surface in the arts, everyday life, landscape, and the diaspora. It explores the legacies of the Grenada Revolution for egalitarian politics in the region. She is co-editor (with Kofi Campbell) of the Palgrave Macmillan series New Caribbean Studies.</p>

2013    “Finding the Field: Notes on Caribbean Cultural Criticism, Area Studies, and the Forms of Engagement.”  Small Axe 41: 58-73; special issue on “What is Caribbean Studies?”


2011    “Memory-Work, Field-Work:  Reading Merle Collins and the Poetics of Place.”   Routledge Companion to Caribbean Literature.  Eds.  Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor. Routledge.


2010    “Introduction: Legacies Left,” Legacies Left: Radical Politics in the Caribbean Special Issue of Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 12.1: 1-10.


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2007
221 Frick Fine Arts Building
South Asia
<p>Mrinalini Rajagopalan is an architectural historian of India and is particularly interested in the impact of British colonialism on the architectural, urban, and preservation cultures of modern India. She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled: Building Histories: The Construction and Contestation of Delhi&rsquo;s Architectural Heritage from the Colonial Past to the Postcolonial Present. She is also co-editor of Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories: Imperial Legacies, Architecture, and Modernity. At Pitt she offers courses on modernist architecture in Western and non-Western contexts; global urbanisms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and the history of architectural preservation. Before coming to Pitt, Rajagopalan held fellowships at Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University. She was also a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2010.</p>

2012    Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories: Imperial Legacies, Architecture, and Modernity (Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing Limited). Co-edited with Madhuri Desai. 


2012    “From Colonial Memorial to National Monument: The Case of the Kashmiri Gate, Delhi” in Mrinalini Rajagopalan and Madhuri Desai, eds., Colonial Frames, Nationalist Histories: Imperial Legacies, Architecture, and Modernity (Surrey, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing Limited), pgs. 73-101.


2011    “A Medieval Monument and its Modern Myths of Iconoclasm: The Enduring Contestations over the Qutb Complex in Delhi, India” in Dale Kinney and Richard Brilliant, eds., Reuse Value: Spoliation and  Appropriation in Art and Architecture from Constantine to Sherrie Levine