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The University of Pennsylvania Institute for the Advanced Study of India was established in 1997 as a partner to Penn’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). Since then, UPIASI has been committed to fostering a strong program for collaborative research on Modern India and support Penn’s longstanding engagement in the country.


Penn Forerunner Program conducted annually in partnership with UPIASI prepares new students for life at Penn! A primary goal of Forerunner

is to empower students to become leaders and positively influence the experience of their peers on and off campus.


Since 2009, CASI's India Summer internship program has given nearly 175 Penn students the opportunity to conduct independent research

andparticipate in volunteer internships at partner organizations across India. UPIASI provides on ground support to the student program.


Steven J. Fluharty (Dean, School of Arts & Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology,Pharmacology, and Neuroscience, University

of Pennsylvania) with Penn Alumni in New Delhi.


Team members at the CASI 25th / UPIASI 20th Anniversary Symposium held on 10th March 2018 at India Habitat Center


Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia

UPIASI is currently working on a new project titled, “Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia” funded by The Ford Foundation Grant to CASI. The project will compare constitutional developments, process, and problems in South Asian countries. A conference is to be held on 21st-22nd July 2018. The project will bring together scholars from/on countries of South Asia, and some others, for a broader comparative perspective on the subject. Participating scholars will address constitutional issues in their respective countries, most of which have confronted challenges to constitution-making and constitution-building in conditions of ethnic/religious/linguistic/regional diversity and socio-economic inequities. Many of these challenges are legacies of their colonial past. Read more>>

The Shifting Party Balance

Journal of Democracy, July 2017
By E. Sridharan

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Middle Class Votes for BJP

Electoral Politics in India: Resurgence of the Bharatiya Janata Party, 2017
By E. Sridharan

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Where is India headed? Possible future directions in Indian foreign policy

International Affairs, 2017
By E. Sridharan

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Founded in 1992, the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania is the first research institution in the United States dedicated to the study of contemporary India.


UPIASI’s research output focuses on India’s Governance, International Relations and Foreign policy with an objective to study problems concerning Modern day India.


India Review, edited by E. Sridharan, Academic Director, UPIASI, publishes social science research across disciplines on Indian politics, economics, society and international relations.


1005, 2018

CASI Announces Winners of Summer 2018 Travel Funds Competition

1503, 2018

CASI 25th / UPIASI 20th Anniversary Symposium

2002, 2018

Penn student talks about his first trip to India & presenting a paper on "India and Africa: New Engagements"


807, 2018

Penn Forerunner Program 2018 - Orientation sessions for new students.

1003, 2018

CASI’s 25th & UPIASI’s 20th Anniversary Symposium “A Quarter Century of India’s Transformations”

1001, 2018

Evening reception with Dean Eric J. Furda