Eleanor Zelliot is a specialist on the History of India, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, women of Asia, Untouchables, social movements. She co-founded Carleton's interdisciplinary program in South Asian Studies.
She has written over eighty articles and edited three books on the movement among Untouchables in India led by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, on saint-poets of the medieval period, and on the current Ambedkar-inspired Buddhist movement.
Professor Zelliot spoke at the South Asia Seminar of the University of Minnesota on April 22, 2009, "Connected Peoples: The Role of Pilgrimage in the Structure of the Ambedkar Movement."
During her career at Carleton, she served the College in many ways, but most importantly she is a legendary teacher, who has inspired two generations of students. She is a prodigious scholar and a world renowned expert in the area of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and the Untouchable Movement in India. She has taken many students to India on the ACM program, and was Director of the program four times since 1971; the last time was 1996. She has published a large number of articles, reviews and books helping the research of scholars and students all over the world. She has given wholly of herself to her students, her friends and her acquaintances, indeed to all who know her. She is well known for her wonderful sparkling sense of humor and her enormous capacity for generosity in every way. Professor Zelliot continues to advise students on projects having to do with South Asia, and continues to connect many students and colleagues to friends in India and abroad.