Our Team

Dr. Brajesh Samarth

Dr. Brajesh Samarth joined Stanford University in 2012 as a lecturer of Hindi-Urdu language. He has extensively studied Hindi-Urdu literature, and taught at universities in both India and the US such as the School for International Training, Jaipur and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his doctorate in 2013, specializing in language attrition and maintenance of Home Languages in the Indian diaspora in the United States. Much of his PhD research examines the processes related to identity maintenance through home languages in Indian diaspora.

Dr. Joseph Elder

Dr. Joseph Elder is an academic and lifelong peace activist with experience of mediating conflicts in Kashmir, Vietnam, Korea and Sri Lanka.  He is a currently professor of Sociology, Languages & Cultures of Asia, and Integrated Liberal Studies, Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, USA. His areas of expertise are relations between South and West Asia and the United States, Mahatma Gandhi, and nonviolent activism. He has produced more than 20 documentary films on South Asia.

Simran Luthra

Simran Luthra has worked as a Fulbright FLTA (Foreign Language Teaching Assistant) from India, taught Hindi and organized events related to Indian culture at Stanford University. She has a Masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and a Masters in Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has an avid interest in the areas of cultural anthropology, language teaching, gender and comparative education.

Sarah Tang

Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Rhetoric and Minor in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an experienced writer for several online publications, and has a passion for communicating the experiences of others. Her strength is in finding the unique voice and perspective of a story, her training is in research and theory, and her loyalties are with the social and cultural aspects of the humanities.