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.