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Anjali Sahay

  • Associate Professor
    Political Science Program
  • Director
    Political Science Program
  • Associate Professor
    Master of Public Admin

Dr. Anjali Sahay is an educator, leader, author, researcher, and a performing artist in Indian classical dance who works at Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania as Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations since 2008.  Her notable administrative roles include Program Director of Political Science (2020); Program Director of International Studies (2009 – 2020); and President of Faculty Senate (2016 – 2017).  Additionally, Dr. Sahay has about two decades of successfully running the Model UN Programs at Gannon, East Carolina, and Old Dominion universities.  Prior to being at Gannon, she was appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC from 2006 - 2008.  Originally from India, Dr. Sahay received her PhD. From Old Dominion University in International Studies in 2006 and holds additional masters in History and Business Administration.  Passionate about serving the AAPI communities, she is serving a 2nd term on Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and serves on the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Greater Erie.

Her area of research focuses on International Migration and International Relations.  Her book titled: Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? was released in April 2009. It departs from the traditional literature on brain drain to include discussion on brain gain and brain circulation using Indian migration to the United States as case study.  The book argues that while it cannot be denied that host countries have policies that encourage or provide the necessary conditions for brain drain to take place, it must be taken into account that many source countries now benefit from out-migration of their workers and students.  Subsequently, she has various publications on the topic of Brain Drain and Brain Gain.

Her other areas of research include, US- India Relations, Diaspora Studies, International Political Economy, and U.S. Foreign Policy towards India.  To this end, she has also published a co-authored paper titled ‘Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, and Stability in South Asia.’  Her other notable publication includes: India-Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project: Implications for Regional Security; and the Global War on Terror and the Asian Diaspora in the US: Immigration, Remittances, and Development.

Dr. Sahay also places an equally important emphasis on making 'Teaching' a fun environment and actively uses technology in the classroom to meet the demands of the millennial generation.  She also received the first prize for Gannon President's Award for 'Teaching with Technology Award' in 2012 and second prize for the same award in 2015.  Recently, she has also been awarded the ‘Prioritized Institutional Goal’ for advancing globalization on Gannon campus.

Other hobbies and interests include listening to music, movies, reading books, and traveling.  Dr. Sahay is also a trained classical dancer in Kathak, a classical dance form that originated in Northern India.  She received her vocation from her Guru Shavana Narayan in New Delhi, India for about 13 years.  She was a TEDx performer in April 2017 performing Indian Dance.



  • Prioritized Institutional Goal Award: Gannon University, March 2019
  • Gannon President’s Excellence in ‘Teaching with Technology’ Award, 2nd Place,2015
  • Gannon President’s Excellence in ‘Teaching with Technology’ Award, 1st Place, 2012
  • Ph.D. Scholarship with Tuition Waiver, Old Dominion University, 1999 – 2003
  • Academic Excellence Award, Delhi University, India, 1996 and 1997


  • Inter-professional Curriculum Grant, Gannon University, 2016
  • Barker Curriculum Globalization Initiative Grant, Gannon University, 2015
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Gannon University, (Instructional Innovation with Technology), 2014 and 2011
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Gannon University, (Summer Service Learning Institute), Start Local, Go Global, 2013


  • Invited by Congressman Mike Kelly to Washington DC to attend joint Session of Congress address by NATO Secretary General, April, 2019
  • Invited to Diwali Celebrations with Governor Wolf and First Lady Francis Wolf as a performing artist, October, 2019
  • Chief Guest, Dashain and Tihar Festival, Bhutanese Cultural Association of Erie, October, 2019
  • International Women’s Day Panel Discussion, Gannon University, March, 2018
  • Just a Moment Kathak Performance, TEDxPSUBehrend, Penn State University, April, 2017

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • POLI 111 Introduction to US Government & Politics (Face to Face and Online)
  • POLI 133 Introduction to International Relations (college and dual enrollment)
  • POLI 393 International Political Economy (IPE)
  • IMGT 306 Global Business (Business school)
  • POLI 345 Globalization and World Politics
  • POLI 342 United Nations Practicum
  • POLI 322 Regional Studies (Asia)
  • POLI 326 Asian Politics and Culture
  • LBST 383 Global Migration, Population, and Health (Liberal Studies capstone)
  • HIST 390 East Asian Civilization
  • Comparative South Asian Political Systems (East Carolina University)
  • Introduction to Model UN and American Foreign Policy (Old Dominion University) 

Graduate Courses

  • GMPA 792 Current Issues in Global Public Administration (MPA)
  • International Studies and Trans-nationalism (Master’s Program)

Educational History

  • Ph.D.  International Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, 2006
    Dissertation: Brain Drain or Gain: Migration of Knowledge Workers from India to USA
  • MBA. International Business, Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2011
  • M.A. History, Hindu College, Delhi University, Delhi, India, 1999
    Concentrations: Post colonialism, Imperialism, Indian History and Contemporary India
  • B.A.  History, Gargi College, Delhi University, Delhi, India, 1997
    History of World Systems (Asia, Europe, America)

Professional Experience

  • Program Director: Political Science, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 2020 - current 
  • Commissioner: Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, 2018 - 2021
  • Co-Chair: Strategic Globalization Plan, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 2017  - 2019
  • President, Faculty Senate: Gannon University, Erie, PA - 2016 - 2017
  • Vice President (President Elect): Faculty Senate, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 2015 - 2016
  • Associate Professor (Tenured): Department of Political, Legal, and International Studies, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 2014 - Current
  • Assistant Professor: Department of Political, Legal, and International Studies, Gannon University, Erie, PA, 2008 - 2014
  • Visiting/Teaching Assistant Professor: Department of Political Science and Public Administration, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 2006 - 2008
  • Adjunct Instructor: Department of Political Science and Department of History, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 2003 - 2006 

Professional Societies

  • International Studies Association ISA – member since 2002
  • American Political Science Association APSA – member since 2005
  • Academy for Asia Pacific Studies, New Delhi, India – life member since 2006
  • Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism (GRFDT) a think tank based in New Delhi – member since 2012 and serving on the Advisory Board since 2012



  • Sahay, Anjali.  Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain.  Lanham MD: Lexington Books.  April 2009
    Republished by New Delhi, India: Orient BlackSwan for the South Asian Market.  2011

Review of book

  • Sartape, Vinod.  (2013). [Review of the book: Indian diaspora in the United States: Brain drain or gain].  Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism GRFTD, May 11, 2013
  • Kunnath, Rajeevan, (2013).  [Review of the book: Indian diaspora in the United States: Brain drain or gain].  Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism GRFTD, May 11, 2013
  • Sharma, Sheetal.  (2012).  [Review of the book: Indian diaspora in the United States: Brain drain or gain].  Diaspora Studies 5, number 1, pp 96 - 106
  • Alam, Mohmmad Badrul, (2010). [Review of the book: Indian diaspora in the United States: Brain drain or gain]. Asia Pacific Panorama, 9 (1), 70–71  
  • Erie Times, Professor Publishes Book on Brain Drain, Sunday, July 5th 2009, p 30

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Sahay, Anjali. Skill Gap and Brain Drain for United States: Impact of Trump Executive Order on H1B and India.  Routledge Handbook of Indian Transnationalism (the Book) edited by Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Bandana Purkayastha Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis Books Ltd, 2019, pp 31 – 41.
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Perils of H4 for Indian Women: Migration of Compromise and Uncertainty.  Spouse Migration: Roots and Routes.  Vol. 7, No. 11 – 12, November – December, 2018, pp 3 – 4.
  • Sahay, Anjali. Giving Back to India: Investment Opportunities and Challenges for Indian Diaspora. In O. P. Dwivedi, The New Indian Diaspora (pp. 81 - 97). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. 2014.
  • Sahay, Anjali. Reverse Brain Drain: New Strategies by Developed and Developing Countries, in Global Diasporas and Development: Socioeconomic, Cultural, and Policy Perspectives by Sahoo, Sadananda; Pattanaik, B.K. (eds.), Springer: India. pp 183 – 201, 2014
  • Sahay, Anjali.  At the Crossroads: The future of India-Iran relations. Foreign Policy Research Center Journal, 6, 2011, 94 -103.
  • Sahay, Anjali.  The global war on terror and the Asian Diaspora in the United States: Immigration, remittances, and development.   Asia Pacific Panorama, Volume 9 (2), December 2010, Pages 9 - 36.
  • Sahay, Anjali and Jalil Roshandel.  The Iran–Pakistan–India Natural Gas Pipeline: Implications and Challenges for Regional Security.  Strategic Analysis, Volume 34, Issue 1, 2010, Pages 74 – 92.
  • Cook, Alethia H. and Anjali Sahay.  Proliferation, Development, and Stability: Nuclear Weapons in South Asia.  Wilberforce Quarterly, Center for Defense and Security Policy, Wilberforce University, Fall 2008, pp 1 – 10.   • Sahay, Anjali.  Indians, in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Volume 6: Ethnicity, Celeste Ray (ed).  University of North Carolina Press, 2007, pp 166 – 167
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Brain Drain or Brain Gain: Indian Diaspora in the United States, in Perspectives in Sociology of Diaspora, Dr. Ajay Kumar Sahoo and Brij Maharaj (eds.) New Delhi: Rawat Publication, 2006, pp 940 - 974.



Gannon University, Erie, PA

  • Program Director, Political Science, 2020 - current
  • Program Director, International, 2009 - 2020
  • Director, Model UN Program, 2011 - current
  • Fulbright Campus Advisor - 2011 - current

University Committees

  • University Review Council , 2013 - 2016
  • Scholarship Release Time Committee, 2015 - current
  • Rank and Tenure E Portfolio Committee, 2015 - current
  • University Strategic Planning Committee, 2015 - current
  • International Education Week Committee (ad hoc) - 2013 - current
  • University Strategic and Planning Committee, 2012 – 2013
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Committee, 2011 – 2014
  • Study Abroad Committee, Spring 2012 – 2013
  • India Feasibility Committee (ad hoc), 2012
  • Internationalization Programs Committee, 2009 – 2010
  • Academic Affairs Committee AAC (University), 2008 – 2010

College Committees

  • Rank and Tenure Committee, 2017 – 2020
  • Search Committee, MPA Program Director, Spring 2018
  • Academic Affairs Committee AAC (College), 2009 - 2015 
  • Search Committee, History Department, 2012 – 2013

Service to the Community

  • Commissioner: Governor’s Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, 2018 – 2021
  • Executive Committee, Indian Association of Greater Erie, Erie, PA