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Current students

Viraj Aggarwal

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India/UK
Balliol College
2012

Viraj is studying for a BSc in Engineering Science. Viraj is a committee member of the OCHS Leadership Programme.

Iliyana Angelova

Bulgaria
Wolfson College
2013

MSc in Social Anthropology - Oxford University (2009)

Iliyana is pursuing a DPhil in Social Anthropology. Her area of academic focus is Christianity in India. 

Elena Backhouse

UK
Lady Margaret Hall
2014

Ellie is doing a BA in Theology. She is particularly interested in New testament studies and ancient Greek.

Cameron Bailey

USA
Wolfson College
2013

Cameron is studying for a D.phil. at the Oriental Institute. His main fields of interest are Tibetan and Indian Buddhism and Tantrism.

Samvartika Bajpai

Canada
University College
2012

Samvartika is studying History at University College.

Nayan Ashwin Bedia

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UK
Wolfson College
2011
 
BA in History - Brunel University (2006)
MA in Religion - SOAS (2008)
MA in History - SOAS (2011)
 
Nayan is pursuing a D. Phil. in Oriental Studies. His area of academic interest is Hindi literature with a focus on the ideas and representation of auxiliary Gods, Krsna and Siva in the works of Rama-Bhakta Tulsidas.
OCHS Awards:
Damji Devji Pattni Scholarship

Shoumik Bhattacharya

India
Wadham College
2014

Shoumik is studying English and Oriental Studies.

Jason Birch

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Australia
Balliol College
2009
 
BCom - University of Sydney (1996)
BA (Honours) - University of Sydney (2005)
 
Jason is pursuing a DPhil in Oriental Studies, focusing on Sanskrit and Yoga.
OCHS Awards:
Ramlal Patel Bursary

Josephine Brill

USA
Wolfson College
2012

BA in Mathematics and Economics - Drake University (1980)

MA in Economics - Cornell University (1984)

Josephine is studying for a MSt in Oriental Studies. Her areas of focus are Sanskrit, Sastra, Genre and Metarules.  

Peter Thabiso Bustraan

Netherlands
Wolfson College
2013

BA in Religious Studies - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands (2013)

Peter is currently working towards an MPhil in Classical Indian Religion. His main areas of academic concentration are Sanskrit, the political and social history of India and research on Moksa.

Abbie Cavanagh

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UK
Regent's Park College
2011

Abbie is studying for a BA in Theology. Part of her studies involve Hinduism.

Avni Chag

UK
St Cross College
2013

BA in Study of Religion (SOAS)

Avni is currently pursuing a MPhil in Classical Indian. Her areas of academic focus are Sanskrit, Brahmanism and Vaisnavism. The title of her thesis is: An Introduction and Annotated Translation of the Unpublished Second Chapter of Bhāradvāja Samhitā.

Seema Chauhan

England
Wolfson College
2013

BA in Religious and Theological Studies - Cardiff University (2013)

Seema is currently studying for an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions. Her main areas of academic concentration are Sanskrit, Vaisnavism and Saivism, and Indian narrative traditions.

Ka-Kin Cheuk

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China
St Antony's College
2010
 
BSc in Anthropology - The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2006)
MPhil in Anthropology - The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2008)
 
Ka-Kin is working towards a DPhil in Social and Cultural Anthropology. His research interests currently focus on two topics: a longitudinal ethnographic study of Sikhs in Hong Kong, and a second topic relating to Indian textile traders in China.
OCHS Awards:
Prof. Makhan Lal Roy Chowdhury Book Prize
Other awards:
Chinese Research Travel Award, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies - 2011 The Carr & Stahl Travel Funds, St. Antony's College - 2011 The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Hong Kong Scholarship - 2011 Chinese Research Travel Award, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies - 2010 The Au Ping-Reyes Graduate Research and Travel grant, China Centre - 2010 Swire Cathay Pacific Scholarship, St. Antony's College - 2009 to 2013 Research Postgraduate Studentship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - 2006 to 2008 Mr Y.S. Hui Postgraduate Scholarship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - 2006 to 2008 CASH Scholarship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - 2004 Mr Y.S. Hui Memorial Scholarship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong - 2004 to 2006

Maura J. H. Collins

UK
St John's College
2012

Maura is studying for a BA in Classics and Oriental Studies (Sanskrit with Greek). Her main areas of interest include comparative philology, Indo-Iranian languages, epic poetry and Eastern religions.

Ida Danewid

Sweden
Lady Margaret Hall
2012

Ida is studying for a MPhil in International Relations. Her areas of interest are International Political Theory and Global Ethics.

Kunchok Dolma

USA
Balliol College
2012

BA in English Literature and Politics - The City University of New York (2009)

Kunchok is pursuing a MPhil in International Relations.

Tiffany Donohue

USA
Blackfriars
2011

Tiffany is studying History, Theology and Philosophy at Oxford.

Brian Dunn

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Canada
Regent's Park College
2010
 
BA in Religious Studies - Lakehead University (1994)
MSt in Study of Religion - University of Oxford (2005)
 
Brian is studying for his D.Phil. in Theology. His main areas of interest are Comparative Theology, Ramanuja, Srivaisnava and Visistadvaitin thought, Anglican sacramental theology, and second-century patristics.

Silje Lyngar Einarsen

Norway
2014

BA in Sanskrit and Religious Studies - University of Oslo (2009)
MA in Sanskrit and Religious Studies - University of Aarhus (2012)

Silje is a visiting student for Trinity, 2014.

 

Tristan Edward Elby

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UK
St Cross College
2009
 
BA in Theology of Religious Studies - Cambridge University (2008)
MSt in The Study of Religion - St Peter's College, University of Oxford (2009)
 
Tristan is working on his DPhil in Theology. His areas of interest are Hindu conceptions of 'sacred time', the 'renouncer' traditions, and Hindu and Buddhist tantric traditions.
OCHS Awards:
Damji Devji Pattni Scholarship

Paul Gerstmayr

Germany
St John's College
2010

Faculty of Oriental Studies

BA in Oriental Studies (Sanskrit with Old Iranian) - Balliol College, University of Oxford (2012)

MSt in Oriental Studies (Tantric Studies, Buddhist Chinese) - Balliol College, University of Oxford (2013)

Paul is a first year doctoral student in Oriental Studies, supervised by Prof. Alexis Sanderson at All Souls College. His research is centred around Early Śaiva Tantras with their peculiar register of Sanskrit (Aiśa Sanskrit). It aims to explain both the theological/philosophical justifications/ideologies underlying the choice of 'non-standard' language, and the linguistic/grammatical mechanisms behind some of these features. Hence, the DPhil (PhD) combines philology, philosophy of language, linguistics, and the study of religion/theology. The goal of the thesis is to sharpen and improve our understanding of Śaivism/Śāktism, which rose to a position of dominance among the Medieval Indian Religions, and influenced and interacted with most other major religious players, such as the Way of Mantras and Esoteric Buddhism, the Vaiṣṇava Pañcarātra, and the Jain Mantraśāstra. Paul has also started with what is probably the only way a student can really pay the debt owed to one's teachers – by teaching a new generation of Sanskritists.

OCHS Awards:
Gupta Dan Bursary

Frances Girling

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UK
Regent's Park College
2011

Frances is studying for a BA in Theology.

Corin Golding

UK
Wolfson College
2009
 
BA in Hindi and Study of Religions - SOAS (2004)
MA in Buddhist Studies - SOAS (2007)
 
Corin is pursuing a DPhil in Oriental Studies. His focus is on religious interaction in the Himalayas and the anthropology of the Indian and Tibetan Himalaya.
OCHS Awards:
Hanuman Bursary

Shreepriya Gopalakrishnan

India
Wolfson College
2014

Shreepriya is pursuing a M.St. in Social Anthropology. Her mains interests are South Asia, women and power in Hindu epics, knowledge and power in corporate socieal hierarchy.

Gopal Hari Gupta

Gopal-Hari-Gupta
USA
The Queen's College
2005
 
BSc in Electrical Engineering - Boise State University (2001)
MSc in Artificial Intelligence - Boise State University (2004)
MSt in Science and Religion - Oxford University (2009)
 
Gopal is pursuing a DPhil.in Science and Hinduism. His research interests include conceptions of conciousness, nature and divine agency in classical Hindu thought.
OCHS Awards:
Jiva Goswami Scholarship
Other awards:
United States Achievements Academy National Engineering Collegiate Award - 2001 Clarendon Fund Scholarship, University of Oxford Cyril and Phillis Long Studentship, Queen's College

Mark Hannay

Netherlands
St Anne's College
2012

Mark is studying for a BA in Classics and Oriental Studies. He is concentrating on the study of the Greek Epics and Sanskrit.

Alan Herbert

England
St Stephen's House
2013

BA in Philosophy - University of Hawaii, Minoa (2011)

MA in Philosophy - University of Hawaii, Minoa (2011)

Alan is currently studying for a DPhil in Theology. His main areas of focus are Jiva Gosvami, and the role of imagination in religious experience.

Fabienne Tara Belle Heuze

England
Balliol College
2013

Fabienne is currently studying for a BA in Sanskrit. Her main interests are Sanskrit, linguistics, religion, and literature.

Phoebe Hunt

UK
Pembroke College
2013

Phoebe is doing a BA in Sanskrit. Her main interests are India and Tibet.

Matthew James Martin

UK
Wolfson College
2012

BA in Religious and Theological Studies - Cardiff University (2012)

 

Matthew is studying for a MSt in Study of Religion. His areas of academic interest are Hindu and Buddhist traditions and Anthropology of Religion.

Chris Jones

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UK
Wolfson College
2010
 
BA in Theology and Religious Studies - Cambridge University (2007)
MPhil in Classical Indian Religion - Oxford University (2009)
 
Chris is studying for a DPhil in Buddhist Studies, focusing on Indo-Tibetan Tathagatagarbha literature.

Gayathiri Kamalakanthan

UK
Worcester College
2013

Gayathiri is pursuing a BA in Theology. Her areas of academic concentration are Hinduism and the Nature of Religion.

Brunda Karanam

India
Worcester College
2012

BA Honours in Law - National Law School of India University (2011)

Brunda is studying Law at Worcester College.

Casey Alexandra Kemp

USA
Wolfson College
2011
 
BA in Religious Studies - University of Canterbury, NZ (2007)
MPhil in Religious Studies - University of Oxford (2009)
 
Casey is pursuing a DPhil in Buddhist studies. Her areas of academic concentration include Tantra, and Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy.

Emily Kilburn

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UK
University College
2011
 
MSc RS in Structuralism - Edinburgh University (2009)
MA RS in Renunciation - Edinburgh University (2010)
 
Emily is pursuing a DPhil in theology. Her research areas include Aurobindo, Auroville, Utopian theory, Samkhya, structuralism, semiotics and Sanskrit.

Anthony King

England
Blackfriars
2013

BA in Study of Religion - SOAS (2013)

Anthony is studying for a MSt in Study of Religion. He is particularly interested in Modern Hinduism and Vaishnavism.

 

Liberty King

UK
Jesus College
2014

Liberty is studying Philosophy and Theology

Ameer Kotecha

Ameer Kotecha
UK
St Peter's College
2012

Ameer is studying for a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a focus on International Relations, Religion, Ethics and Politics in Africa. Ameer is Director of the OCHS Leadership Programme.

Rahul Kulka

Germany
St Hugh's College
2012

Rahul is pursuing a BA in History. His area of focus is the Early Modern History of Europe.

Monish Kulkarni

UK
Lincoln College
2012

Monish is studying History. He is particularly interested in British and Indian History.

Hari Kumar

USA
Wolfson College
2014

Hari is is studying for an M.St. on contemporary India with a focus on Indian development and politics.

Yuge Ma

China
Wolfson College
2011

MSc in Contemporary Indian Study - Tsinghua Univerty; Jawaharlal Nehru University (2009)

Sasidhar Madugula

UK
The Queen's College
2012

Sasidhar is pursuing a MSc in Neuroscience at The Queen's College.

Anica Mann

India
St Cross College
2013

Anica is pursuing an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions. Her concentration is in Buddhism, Saivism, Yogini culture, and temples in India and Southeast Asia

Anirudh Mathur

UK
Balliol College
2012

Anirudh is studying for a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). 

OCHS Awards:
Patel Book Grant

Rutej Mehta

Ireland
St John's College
2013

Rutej is currently striving towards an MEng in Engineering Science. 

James Michael Macdonagh

UK
Regent's Park College
2012

 James is pursuing a BA in Theology. His main areas of interest are Hinduism and Sociology of Religion.  

Dr Alok K Mishra

India
2012

PhD in Psychometric Disorder

MSt in Philosophy

MSt in Clinical Psycology

College: Oxford Department of International Development

Dr Mishra is studying Statelessness and International Law. His area of academic interest is International Development.

 

 

 

Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra
UK
Harris Manchester College
2013

MBBS in Medecine - Imperial College London (2010)

Amit was studying PPE.

Amit passed away on the 27th February 2013, before the completion of his degree.

Bhavnisha Modi

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UK
St Anne's College
2011

Bhavnisha is studying for a BA in Classics and Sanskrit

OCHS Awards:
Hansraj and Kanchanben Popat Bursary

Ionut Moise

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Romania
Wolfson College
2011
BA in Theology - University of Bucharest (2006)
MRes in 'Sciences des Religions' - Université de Strasbourg (2008)
MA in Theology - The Orthodox Institute for Christian Studies, Cambridge (2010)
MSt in Study of Religions - University of Oxford (2012)
 
Ionut is pursuing DPhil in Indian Classical Philosophy. His thesis title is 'Self in Vaisesika'.
OCHS Awards:
Pandit Abaji Scholarship
Other awards:
Spalding Trust (2010) Teape Trust (2011)

Shubha Shantha Murthy

England
Linacre College
2013

BA in Engineering - Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (1990)

Shubha is currently studying for an MPhil in Classical Indian Religion. 

 

 

Amy Norman

UK
Wolfson College
2011

MA (Honours) in Religious Studies - University of Aberdeen (2011)

 
Amy is currently pursuing an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. Her areas of academic concentration include Sanskrit, and Buddhism and gender identity.

Lobsang Nyima Laurent

UK
Wolfson College
2014

MA in Archaeology, Ancient History and Engish - University of Lausanne (2003)

Lobsang is pursuing a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies. His field is Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.

Ved Patel

America
Worcester College
2013

BA in Religion - University of California (2010)

MA in Religion - University of Florida (2012)

Ved is pursuing an MSt in the Study of Religion. His main areas of academic concentration at Oxford are Colonial and Modern India, Diaspora Hinduism, Hindu Ethics, Christian Theology and Christian Ethics.

Shanna Patel

UK
St Cross College
2012

Shanna is pursuing a MSc in Contemporary India. Her areas of interest are Indian Politics since 1947, Indian Political Economy and Human Development in India.

Kirtan Patel

UK
Mansfield College
2012

Kirtan is studying History at Mansfield College.

Sunit Patel

England
Wolfson College
2013

MA in Indian Religion - SOAS (2013)

BSc in Computer Science - Queen Mary University, London (2002)

Sunit is currently pursuing a DPhil in Theology. His area of academic concentration is Hinduism.

Ramesh Pattni

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UK
Blackfriars
2010
BSc (Joint Honors) in Biochemistry and Physiology - King's College, University of London (1978)
MBA - International Management Centre (1986)
MA in Psychology of Religion - Heythrop College, University of London (2010)
MSt in Study of Religion - Oxford University (2011)
 
Ramesh is pursuing a DPhil on the psychology of Yoga and is developing a model of well-being and flow in positive psychology.
 
Public Positions Held
Chair of Interfaith Committee - Hindu Forum of Britain
Co-chair - Hindu Christian Forum
Secretary - Council of Dharmic Faiths
Trustee - Chinmaya Mission, UK
Trustee - Faith Based Regeneration Network
Trustee - Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education

Sridhar Poddar

India
Regent's Park College
2013

Sridhar is currently on a visiting programme, focusing on English and Economics.

Olivia Porter

UK
Pembroke College
2013

Olivia is studying Sanskrit and Oriental Studies.

Brainerd Prince

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India
2010
Bachelor of Commerce - Delhi University (1994)
MA in English - Himachal University (1997)
BA in Divinity - Serampore University, Pune (2001)
 
Brainerd is pursuing a PhD on Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of religion with a working title:  Embodied Spirit: A Hermeneutical Reading of Aurobindo’s Integral Philosophy with Implications for the Study of Religion under Professor Gavin Flood, Oxford University. Apart from his work on Sri Aurobindo, his research interests include Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and the Academic Study of Religion.
Other awards:
Langham Partnership Scholarship - 2011

Anna Rawlings

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UK
Mansfield College
2010

Anna's studies include a spatial analysis of Hindutva, the relationship between the brahman, renouncer and king in Hindu society and narrative analysis with reference to subalternity. She also has an interest in Islam, writing the particular and universal aspects of Islam into a single narrative.

Megan Robb

Megan Robb
USA
New College
2013

MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies - Oxford University (2010)

BA in Indian studies and English literature - Indiana University (2008)

 

Megan is studying for a DPhil in Oriental Studies. Her areas of academic studies are South Asian Studies and the History of Islam in South Asia. 

Vibha Selvaratnam

UK
Oriel College
2012

Vibha is studying Mathematics at Oriel College. Her area of academic interest is Mathematical Models in Fluid Dynamics.

Rohana Seneviratne

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Sri Lanka
Pembroke College
2011
BA in Sanskrit - University of Peradeniya (2005)
MPhil in Philosophy of Language - University of Liverpool (2009)
 
Rohana is studying for a DPhil in Sanskrit. His major research interests include Philosophy of Language, Vedic and Classical Sanskrit Grammar and Semantics.

Swati Seshadri

UK
St Hugh's College
2012

Swati is studying for a BA in Engineering. She helped establish the Oxford Indian Classical Arts Society (OICAS).

Sagar Shah

Sagar Shah
Belgium
St Catherine's College
2012

Sagar is study for a BSc in Engineering Science. Sagar is a committe member of the OCHS Leadership Programme.

Tushar Shah

UK
Mansfield College
2012

BA in Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies - University of Cambridge (2011)

MA in South Asian Studies - School of Oriental and African Studies (2012)

Tushar is pursuing a MSt in the Study of Religion. His areas of focus are Christianity, Hinduism and Nature of Religion.

Rajan Shah

UK
St Hugh's College
2012

Rajan is studying for a BA in Classics.

Jaideep Shah

UK
Wolfson College
2011
BSc in Government and Economics - LSE
MA in Postcolonial Studies - University College of London
 
Jaideep is pursuing an MPhil in Classical Indian Religions with a focus on Indian and Western Philosophy.

Naama Shalom

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Israel
Balliol College
2008

MA in Sanskrit and Hindu Studies - Hebrew University

 
Naama is currently studying for her DPhil, her topic being the Mahabharata.
OCHS Awards:
Ashvattha Narayan Scholarship

Prabhsharandeep Singh Sandhu

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UK
Wolfson College
2012

BA in Religion and Literature - Punjabi University of Patiala (1990)

MA in English and Religion - Punjabi University and SOAS (2012)

Certificate Course in Farsi - Punjabi University of Patiala (1993)

Prabhsharandeep is pursuing a DPhil in religion, philosophy and literature.

Mahaveer Singhvi

India
New College
2012

MBA in Management and Law - University of Delhi (2008)

Mahaveer is pursing a Masters in Diplomatic Studies. His areas of interest are International Law and International Relations.

 

Shibanee Sivanayagam

UK
Trinity College
2013

Shibanee is pursuing a BA in PPE. 

Pavlo Smytsnyuk

Ukraine
Campion Hall
2013

BA in Philosophy and Theology - Gregorian University, Rome (2005)

MA in Theology - National University of Athens (2010)

Pavlov is currently studying for a DPhil in Theology. His main areas of interest are Greek Orthodox Theology, Hinduism, Nationalism, and the relationship between the Church and the State.

William David Soud

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USA
2010
BA in English - Davidson College
MA in English - University of Delaware
 
David is currently pursuing a DPhil in English. His research focuses on religious conversion and commitment, spiritual practice, and the notions of the self and the Absolute in the later poetry of W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot and David Jones. He shares with Yeats and Eliot an abiding interest in Indic traditions, especially Kashmir Shaivism and Raja Yoga.

Priya Sury

USA
Balliol College
2013

Priya Sury is studying for a Masters in the Study of Religions. Her areas of academic interests are Hinduism and Buddhism. 

Jay Swain

India
Exeter College
2011

Jay is studying for a BA in Law.

Sophie Von Der Tann

sophie-von-der-tann
Germany
St Peter's College
2012

Sophie is studying for a BA in Theology and Oriental Studies.

Sumil Thakrar

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UK
Balliol College
2010

Sumil is studying for a BA in the Philosophy of Physics.

Sitara Thobani

Canada
St Antony's College
2010
BA in Anthropology - University of British Columbia (2007)
MA in South Asian Studies - University of Toronto (2008)
 
Sitara is studying for a DPhil in Social/Cultural Anthropology. Her areas of interest include South Asian Diaspora Studies and Indian Classical Dance.
OCHS Awards:
Patel Book Grant

Jens Christian Thorstensen

Denmark
2014

Jens is a visiting student from the University of Aarhus. He is studying hermeneutins and Sanskrit.

Tariq Waris

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Pakistan
St Stephen's House
2011

BA Honours in Theology (History of Christianity in the Indian sub-continent) - London School of Theology (2010)

 
Tariq is studying for an MSt in the Study of Religion with a focus on Christian-Muslim studies in South Asia.

Holly Welsh

UK
Regent's Park College
2010

Holly is studying for a BA in Theology.

William Westerman

USA
Christ Church
2014

William is studying English, Japanese Linguistics, and Buddhism

Oliver Whiteman

UK
St Cross College
2012

Oliver is studying for a MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies. His areas of interest are Himilayan Politics and the British Imperial History in Asia.

Derek Wolter

USA
New College
2014

Derek is studying transpersonal psychology and Hinduism.

Pandita Wong

Netherlands
Wolfson College
2014

BA South Asian Studies – SOAS, University of London (2012) MSt Modern South Asian Studies – University of Oxford (2014) 

Pandita has just completed the MSt in Modern South Asian Studies (2014). Her areas of academic interest are modern South Asian social and cultural history, art history, and Hindi.

Lucian Wong

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Singapore
Mansfield College
2010
BA in Philosophy (Indian Philosophy) - University College London (2006)
MA in Indian Religion (Caitanya Vaisnavism) - SOAS (2008)
 
Lucian is pursuing a DPhil in Theology, particularly looking at 19th Century Vaisnavism.
OCHS Awards:
Jiva Goswami Scholarship

Zhao You

China
2013

Zhao is pursuing Buddhist Studies at the Oriental Institute having received a BA in Philosophy at Peking University.

Clarisse Zoulim

France
St Catherine's College
2012

MPhil in Philosophy - Paris-Sorbonne University

MA in Philosophy - University College London (2010)

 

Clarisse is a visiting student from Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. She is currently studying Philosophy at St Catherine's College. During her stay in Oxford, Clarisse is the French Lectrice to undergraduate students, at both St. Catherine's College and Wadham College.