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Discover MIT’s South Asia History Project
Mar 01 - Virtual Event

Hear from MIT Associate Professor of History Sana Aiyar and MIT South Asian Alumni Association (MITSAA) President Ranu Bopanna in this exclusive webinar for MIT Sloan alumni and students.

South Asian students and faculty have made remarkable contributions to the world, including these notable alumni:

  • Abhijeet Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics, co-founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and recipient of the 2019 Nobel Memorial Prize in economic sciences
  • Amartya Sen, visiting fellow ‘61 and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in economic sciences
  • Dharmesh Shah, SFMBA ‘07, co-founder and CTO of Hubspot
  • H. Gobind Khorana, MIT’s Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry emeritus and recipient of the 1968 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine
  • Raghuram Rajan, PhD ‘91, former Chief Economist of the IMF, 23rd Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and 2016 Time “100 Most Influential People in the World”
  • Rajat Sethi, MBA ‘15 and Legatum Fellow, co-author of The Last Battle of Saraighat
  • Sriram Emani, MBA ‘14, founder and CEO of

Professor Aiyar and Dr. Bopanna will share more about the origins of this first-time endeavor, the ongoing primary and secondary research completed by students, and an upcoming on-campus exhibit and digital archive launching in October 2022.

Watch this 10-minute video to learn more about this exciting initiative.


Sana Aiyar, Associate Professor of History, MIT

Sana Aiyar is a historian of modern South Asia. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 2009 and held an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 2009-10. From 2010 to 2013 she was Assistant Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her broad research and teaching interests lie in the regional and transnational history of South Asia and South Asian diasporas, with a particular focus on colonial and postcolonial politics and society in the Indian Ocean.

Professor Aiyar is currently working on two projects. One is a study of the everyday encounters of African soldiers and South Asian civilians during the Second World War when over a hundred thousand military recruits from East and West Africa were stationed in India and Burma. The second, “India’s First Partition”, is an examination of migration, religious and ethnic politics, nationalism, and anticolonial activism across India and Burma in the 1930s.


Ranu Boppana, President, MIT South Asian Alumni Association

Ranu Boppana, MD received her Bachelor of Science degree from MIT '87 (course VII), and her M.D. from the NYU School of Medicine, where she also completed a residency in Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She practiced in New York City, taught at NYU and has been a passionate advocate of humanistic medical education. While at MIT, Ranu won the Eloranta Research Fellowship for an original project in Medical Anthropology and the Stewart Award for outstanding contributions to extracurricular life and community service. For the past twenty years, Ranu has also served on the Board of the South Asian Council for Social Services in Queens, New York. For five years, Ranu served as an Educational Counselor for MIT in New York City and for eleven years she has been a volunteer with the Math Prize for Girls @ MIT, which is founded and directed by her husband, Ravi Boppana, PhD ‘86. Ranu now lives in the Boston area and was recently also elected to the Somerville Democratic Ward Committee.

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Date and Time

Tuesday, March 01, 2022
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM PT

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Welcome from Asha Aravindakshan, VP at Sprinklr and Technology Events Leader, MIT Sloan Club of New York
09:00 AM - 09:02 AM
Introductory Comments & Discussion by MIT Professor Sana Aiyar and MIT South Asian Alumni Association President Ranu Bopanna 
09:02 AM - 09:22 AM
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