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Division of Social Sciences and Education

Tinaz Pavri, Ph.D., Chair

Division Chair Tinaz PavriTinaz Pavri, Ph.D., is division chair for social sciences and founding director of the Asian Studies Program. She is also a professor in the Department of Political Science. Her B.A. in political science is from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay.  Her Ph.D., also in political science (with a specialization in International Relations) is from The Ohio State University.

Her research and publication interests lie in the area of conflict resolution, questions of national identity and globalization. Her geographic area of expertise is South Asia. A recent book, Bombay in the Age of Disco: City, Community, Life, was published in 2015. Dr. Pavri has served as President of the Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA). She has shared her expertise as a guest on National Public Radio’s Tavis Smiley show and A Closer Look, and on Eleven Alive.

She has successfully obtained grants from the Japan Foundation, U.S. Army War College, and co-authored grants from the Southern Educational Foundation (SEF) from United Negro College Fund-Special Projects (UNCFSP). Through the latter grant, she co-directed the Sophomore Summer Institute of the Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) at Spelman College for four years. Most recently, she directs Spelman’s grant for the Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). A grant recipient of the Mellon and Lilly Foundations and the Association of Colleges of the South, she was awarded the college’s Presidential award for scholarship in 2009. In 2015, she received the Donald T. Wells award for outstanding service to the Georgia Political Science Association.

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