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Ishan Ashutosh is a critical human geographer whose work encompasses the study of migration, the politics of race and ethnicity from an international and comparative perspective, and urban studies. His research examines the multiple and contested representations of South Asia through projects situated in migration and area studies. The first research project focuses on the transnational politics of South Asian diasporas in multiple urban centres in the United States, Canada, and Britain, while the second research project examines the constructions of South Asia in the social sciences as a site of knowledge production. Ishan has published his work in the journals Journal of Historical Geography, Geographical Review, Citizenship Studies, Urban Geography, Geopolitics, and Diaspora. He is affiliated with the Dhar India Studies Program, the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Asian American Studies, and Cultural Studies. Prior to joining the department of Geography at Indiana University, Ishan was a lecturer at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK, and a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University. Ishan holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Syracuse University, an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History from the University at Buffalo.
Lydia Lahey Zakel is a PhD student in the Department of Geography studying Palestinian refugees and the development projects in Palestinian refugee camps. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, followed by her MA in Geography. Her previous research has focused on barriers that refugees face as well as durable solutions.