Dr. Prasenjit Duara

Global Asia Initiative Director

Dr. Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University and the Director of the Global Asia Initiative with research interests in modern Chinese social and cultural history, nationalism and transnationalism, history and poststructuralist theory, historical sociology, historical philosophy and historiography.

Dr. Yan Gao

Global Asia Initiative Research Associate

Dr. Yan Gao is the 2017-2018 postdoctoral research fellow for the Global Asia Initiative. Her research topics include (but not limited to) late imperial and modern Chinese history; China’s social and environmental history; civil society/public sphere in historical and contemporary China; global environmental history; history of water and rivers; environmental humanities, digital humanities. Dr. Gao received her Ph.D. from the department of history from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. 

Dr. Ambika Aiyadurai

SSRC Junior Research Fellow

Dr. Ambika Aiyadurai is an Assistant Professor (Anthropology) in the Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar and a visiting scholar at the Global Asia Initiative with research interests in human-animal relations, community-based conservation projects, ecotourism, wildlife conservation and indigenous peoples in the Eastern Himalayas.

Rohini Thakkar

Global Asia Initiative program coordinator

Rohini Thakkar joined DUCIGS as Staff Specialist in September 2017. She is responsible for coordinating programs and activities for the Global Asia Initiative (GAI) and the newly created  Duke India Initiative (DII). Rohini holds an M.A. in English from Pune University (India).  Rohini has also studied Japanese both at Pune University and Nagoya University (Japan).  She worked for Hewlett Packard and Oracle in Bangalore (India) before obtaining her Masters in International Studies from NCSU. She has worked at the Study Abroad Office at NCSU as well as for the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) at Duke University.