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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 working as Associate Professor and Program Director of Political Science in the School of Public Service and Global Affairs at Gannon University. She has more than two decades of successfully running the Model UN Programs at various universities (read more in Gannon Magazine article United Across Nations).  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.

In 2020, Private University Product and News did a 'Professor Spotlight' on Dr. Sahay in the article: International Relations at Gannon University. During the election year 2020, Dr. Sahay lent her expertise on election 2020 and on Vice President Kamala Harris in TIME Magazine, CNBC, Financial Times, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Erie Times News. She has various interviews on current affairs (most recently on Corona Virus in India) and Asian Americans in ABC News and Erie Times News.

Her area of research focuses on International Migration and International Relations and has been featured on Migration News. Her book titled: Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? is a groundbreaking work that intersects economic and political issues to the dimension of migration and the concerns over brain drain. Subsequently, she has various publications on the topic of Brain Drain and Brain Gain.

Passionate about serving AAPI communities in Northwest PA, she has served two terms on Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs where some of her notable works include: organizing the first ever Townhall for AAPI communities in the city of Erie; mobilizing AAPI communities for census and voting; and showcasing AAPI artists during the APA Heritage Month. Additionally she serves on the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Greater Erie to advance Asian cultures and heritage to the local community.

Dr. Sahay also places an equally important emphasis on making 'Teaching' a fun environment and actively uses technology in the classroom.  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.  As a huge advocate for globalization, she has also been awarded the ‘Prioritized Institutional Goal’ for advancing globalization on Gannon campus and led a student trip to Beijing, China in 2017.

Dr. Sahay is also a trained classical dancer in Kathak, a classical dance form that originated in Northern India.  She was a TEDx performer in April 2017 performing Indian Dance and has received a grant from PA Council on the Arts in 2021.


  • 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


  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA): Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, 2021
  • 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

Special Feature


  • Sahay, Anjali. Our America: Asian Voices - The Asian experience in America today (documentary). ABC News, May 10, 2021.
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Gannon University professor weighs in on COVID-19 situation in India. Erie News, April 30, 2021
  •  Sahay, Anjali. India COVID crisis: Philadelphia man worries for relatives after devastating surge. ABC News, by Dan Cuellar, April 27, 2021.
  • Sahay, Anjali. Women's History Month: American dream leads to many hats for Erie female political science professor. Erie Times News, by Dana Massing, March 14, 2021.
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Erie women of color celebrate Harris' historic ascent to the US vice presidency.  Erie Times-News, by Jennie Geisler, November 15, 2020
  • Sahay, Anjali. How a Joe Biden Presidency Could Change U.S.-India Relations.  TIME Magazine, by Anna Purna Kambhampaty and Billy Perrigo, November 7, 2020
  • Sahay, Anjali.  The Historic Barriers Kamala Harris Overcame to Become the First Female, First Black and First Asian American Vice President-Elect.  TIME Magazine, by Anna Purna Kambhampaty and Cady Lang, November 7, 2020
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Trump’s last gamble: proving the pollsters wrong in Pennsylvania.  Financial Times, by Demetri Sevastopulo, November 2, 2020
  • Sahay, Anjali.  All Eyes on Erie County, once Reliably Blue: Trump Visits Region Today.  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 30, 2020
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Pennsylvania’s Erie County will test the Rust Belt’s loyalty to Trump in the 2020 election.  CNBC, by Jacob Pramuk, October 16, 2020.
  • Sahay, Anjali.  Future economic recovery in America depends on its foreign workers and the high-tech industries.  The Migration News, by Megha Rangaraj, October 2020.
  • Sahay, Anjali (December, 2016). United Across Nations. Faculty Focus, Gannon University
  • Sahay, Anjali by Singh, S. (2015, April 16). Brain Circulation, Not Brain Drain. Retrieved from the Indian Diaspora


  • 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

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 Senior Seminar)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Gannon University, Erie, PA

  • Program Director: Political Science, School of Public Service and Global Affairs, , 2020 - current
  • 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
  • Director: Model UN: 2010 - 2019
  • Campus Fulbright Coordinator

East Carolina University

  • Visiting/Teaching Assistant Professor: Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Greenville, NC, 2006 - 2008

Old Dominion University

  • Adjunct Instructor: Department of Political Science and Department of History, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, 2003 - 2006 


Commissioner: Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, 2018 - 2021

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


  • 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.

My major research interests is in the areas of International Migration and International Relations. To that end, I have published various articles and book on migration on topics such as Brain Drain or Gain, Diaspora Studies, Immigration Politics, and Remittances.  Additional research interests include: US- India Relations, Diaspora Studies, International Political Economy, and Asian Politics.  To this end, I have also published a co-authored paper titled ‘Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, and Stability in South Asia.’  My 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.

Gannon University, Erie, PA

  • Program Director: Political Science, 2020 - current
  • Program Director: International, 2009 - 2020
  • President: Faculty Senate, 2016 - 2017
  • Vice President: Faculty Senate, 2015 - 2016
  • Director, Model UN Program, 2011 - 2019
  • Faculty Advisor Model UN Program, 2020 - 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

  • Racial Justice Task Force, 2020 - 2021
  • Rank and Tenure Committee, 2017 – 2020, Chair of R&T (2018)
  • 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
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