Central Asia/South Asia Summit 2019

University-Wide Faculty, Administrators and Staff Expertise

A large number of University of Nebraska faculty, administrators, staff and graduate students have conducted research in, teach about, or have interest in Central Asia or South Asia. NU faculty and staff are listed below, while NU graduate students are listed here.

If you would like to be included in this list, please email Dr. Steven Duke in NU Central Administration, sduke@nebraska.edu.

Faculty Expertise

Portrait of Chris Allen

Chris Allen


  • Afghanistan, capacity building, communication, journalism, India, Oman
Portrait of Pradeep Barua

Pradeep Barua


  • South Asia, British Empire, Military History, Ethnic Conflict, Colonialism
Portrait of Raj Dasgupta

Raj Dasgupta


  • Education and research partnerships, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan
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Michele Marie Desmarais

Associate Professor, Director of SPHRS (Spirituality, Public Health, Religious Studies)

  • India; Sanskrit; Classical Indian Philosophy; Classical Indian Psychology; Yoga; Hinduism; Indian Buddhism
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Michael F. James

Professor and Chair

  • textile art, textiles, costume, quilts and patchwork
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Deepak Khazanchi

Associate Dean

  • Pedagogy, Educational Administration, IT
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Emily Krueger

Education Abroad Advisor

  • India, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Education, Wildlife
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Shannon Maloney

Assistant Professor

  • India, Maternal and Child Health, Health Systems, Evaluation
Portrait of Patrick McNamara

Patrick McNamara

Director of International Studies & Director of Schwalb Center for Israel & Jewish Studies

  • Conflict Resolution, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Water, Civil Society, Peacebuilding, Trust building
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Robert Nash

Special Collections & Rare Books Librarian/Professor

  • Afghanistan
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Sarah Osborn

Director of Intensive Language & International Professional Development

  • Teacher Education; Grant work/programming in support of the Center for Afghanistan Studies
Portrait of Atul Rayamajhi

Atul Rayamajhi

Director of Information Systems

  • Healthcare, Education, Technology, Natural Resources, Renewal Energy, Organic Framing, Self Sustaining Model, Any Asian Countries
Potrait of Hugh Reilly

Hugh Reilly


  • Afghanistan
Portrait of Prabhakar Shrestha

Prabhakar Shrestha

Director of Sustainability

  • Nepal, India, Bhutan in the topics of Environment and Natural Resources, Sustainability