If one was interested in plunging the murky depths of the ways in which US academia began to study “South Asia” – specifically within the Area Studies framework, one could begin with these preliminary sources:
- W. Norman Brown. “South Asia Studies: A History,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 356 (1964: 54-62)
- Maureen L. P. Patterson. “The South Asian P. L. 480 Library Program, 1962-1968,” Journal of Asian Studies. vol. 38, no. 4 (1969: 743-54).
- Ford Foundation. Annual Report: 1956.
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Annual Report: 1965, 1983, 1985
- Richard H. Davis. South Asia at Chicago: A History. (Chicago: COSAS New Series, no. 1, 1985).
- Nicholas B. Dirks. “South Asian Studies: Futures Past.” In ed. David Szanton, The Politics of Knowledge: Area Studies and the Disciplines (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003): 341-86.
- Timothy Mitchell. “The Middle East in the Past and Future of Social Science.” In ed. David Szanton, The Politics of Knowledge: Area Studies and the Disciplines (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003): 74-118.
- Nils Gilman. Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America. (2003: Johns Hopkins University Press)
- Bruce Cumings. “Boundary Displacement: Area Studies and International Studies During and After the Cold War,” Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, vol 29 (1997)
Just letting you all know.