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Joseph (Joe) Elder

Joseph (Joe) Elder

Expert on South Asia and West Asia

Professor, sociology, languages and cultures of Asia, integrated liberal studies College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-2782 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Relations between South and West Asia and the United States
  • Background and contemporary events in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal
  • Background and contemporary events in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel and Israel's neighbors
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and related issues
  • Mahatma Gandhi and nonviolent activism
  • United Nations and global cultures


  • Advisory board member, Center for the Advanced Study of India
  • Author and editor, "India's Worlds and U.S. Scholars: 1947-1997"
  • Producer of more than 20 documentary films on South Asia
  • Vice president and co-founder, The Madison Institute