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Jessica Bachman (she/her/hers)

Doctoral Candidate
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Jessica Bachman is a PhD candidate of South Asian history at the University of Washington. Her dissertation will explore the development of East-South cultural and literary relations between the Soviet Union and India between 1954 and 1991, at the historical conjuncture of the Cold War and decolonization. Other academic interests include critical development studies, the history of migration in the Bengal region, urban history, and public scholarship. She received her M.A. in International Studies with a specialization in South Asia from the University of Washington and her B.A. in Russian Language and Literature at Georgetown University. Prior to her entry into the world of academia, she worked as a journalist in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Bangalore, India, reporting for Thomson Reuters, the Economist, Time, and other publications. She continues to publish in the popular press and conducts research in Russian, Bengali, Hindi, French, and English. 

Awards

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Fellowship (DDRA), 2019-2020
Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources, 2018-2019
Title VIII Research Scholar Fellowship, American Councils for International Education, 2018-2019
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Advanced Urdu, U.S. Department of Education and University of Wisconsin, 2018
Middle Bengali Retreat Travel Award, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, 2015 & 2016
Raimonda Modiano Graduate Student Research Award, Textual Studies Program, University of Washington, 2019
Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, 2017
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in advanced Bengali, U.S. Department of Education and University of Washington, 2016
Summer Fellowship for Public Projects in the Humanities, Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington, 2016
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in intermediate Bengali, U.S. Department of Education and University of Washington, 2015
Critical Language Scholarship for Intermediate Hindi, U.S. Department of State, 2014
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in beginning Hindi, U.S. Department of Education and University of Washington, 2013

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Professional Affiliations: 
American Historical Association, Association for Asian Studies, Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies, Postcolonial Print Cultures Research Network, The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

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