Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

About the Center

Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Station, Mumbai, India  


The Center for Contemporary South Asia promotes research, teaching and public engagement on key issues of modern South Asia in an interdisciplinary framework and in a historically and culturally grounded manner.


The newly established Center for Contemporary South Asia (CCSA) is based at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. CCSA supports faculty, graduate and undergraduate research and teaching on the region and is home to the South Asian Studies concentration. CCSA will function within the larger framework of the Watson Institute, which is seeking to define a new approach to regional studies for the 21st century. Anchored in the social sciences, this new approach is problem driven, comparative and multidisciplinary. Our multidiciplinarity will include sustained interaction of social scientists with the humanities on the one hand and the disciplines such as medicine and public health on the other.


At this time, the Center’s programmatic and research themes focused on inequalities, development, urbanization, democracy, and pluralism and diversities.


CCSA collaborates with institutions and departments across Brown University and beyond.  Learn more at our partnerships page.