Jane Menon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Her research interests revolve around political violence, politics and religion, and women’s political participation in South Asia.
Jane’s dissertation explains how the internal dynamics of the Jamaat-e-Islami (“Islamic Party”), South Asia’s largest Islamist group, determine its varying choice between peaceful activism and political violence in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Her graduate studies have been supported by a National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship, an American Institute of Indian Studies Advanced Language Program Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, and numerous competitive grants from the University of Michigan.
Jane holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, an M.A. in Languages and Cultures of Asia from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and B.A. degrees with honors in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of Miami.