August 17, 1998
GENEVA, NY – Manisha Desai, an associate professor of anthropology and sociology, will soon lead 18 students from their college hometown of Geneva, New York to Geneva, Switzerland in a study-abroad program that begins in September.
Desai and her family have lived in Geneva since she came to the HWS campus in 1990. She will travel with her husband, Jeremy Geller, and their two sons.
Students in the 10-week program will take three courses covering such topics as the theory of international development and Switzerland’s role as the world’s banking center and a neutral party. Each student will also conduct an international field research project on a particular international agency.
Switzerland has maintained an armed neutrality since 1815, and has not been involved in a foreign war since 1515. It is the seat of the United Nations and many other international agencies.
The Switzerland program is one of several study-abroad programs at HWS and has been in existence since 1990. While Desai has led off-campus programs to India, this is the first time she will oversee the Swiss program.
In addition in 1995, Desai traveled to Beijing to participate in the international forum on women. She holds a doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s and a bachelor’s degree from Bombay University in India.