Staff

Samip Mallick
Executive Director

Email: samip@saada.org
Samip is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the South Asian American Digital Archive. He was formerly the Director of the Ranganathan Center for Digital Information (RCDI) at the University of Chicago Library. He has a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and has done graduate work in History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. He was also previously the Assistant Bibliographer for the Southern Asia Collection at the University of Chicago Library and has worked for the South Asia and International Migration Programs at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).


Maryam Ahmed
Program Coordinator

Email: maryam@saada.org
Maryam is the Program Coordinator for the South Asian American Digital Archive. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 where she studied Political Science and Race, Gender, and Nation under the Women's Studies department. As a former fellow of the Berkeley Urdu Language Program in Pakistan, she developed a professional fluency in the Urdu language while studying in Lahore. In addition, she previously worked at both the University of Michigan Law Library and the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library. She hopes to use her past experiences to help SAADA continue to empower South Asian American communities and be a voice for those who came before us.


Nivetha Karthikeyan
Special Projects Assistant

Email: nivetha@saada.org
Niv is the Special Projects Assistant for the South Asian American Digital Archive. After receiving her B.S. in History and Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2020, she was awarded Caltech's Milton and Rosalind Chang Career Exploration Prize for her project "Intersections: Building Solidarity Through Community Archives." In the project, she will be spending the next year working part-time with SAADA, collaborating with the Caltech Archives to build a new oral history collection of student activists, and broadly investigating how the practice of archiving can highlight old and new forms of community solidarity building.