Area Studies in the Age of Globalization


  • David Ludden



area studies, Institutions, funding


The reinvention of area studies is far from over. Many area studies programs in the U.S. are in the midst of or on the verge of institutional and intellectual crises. This essay provides some history for the intellectual work of rebuilding area studies.


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Author Biography

David Ludden

David Ludden is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His research concerns social and economic history in South Asia. He was a member of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)/American Council of Learned Societies Joint Committee on South Asia in the early 1990s. He has chaired the SSRC South Asia Regional Advisory Panel, whose goal is to foster international research collaboration, particularly in South Asia. He has also chaired the Fulbright Senior Scholars Selection Committee for South Asia and served on the Fulbright Program Advisory Board. He has been elected to become the President of the Association for Asian Studies in 2002. 


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How to Cite

Ludden, D. . (2000). Area Studies in the Age of Globalization. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 6(1), 1–22.