Viswanathan has been selected as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Mark van Doren Award for Teaching. The Van Doren has been awarded each year since 1962 in recognition of a faculty member’s humanity, devotion to truth, and inspiring leadership. In awarding the Mark van Doren Award to Gauri, the student Committee Chairs wrote: “Committee members were struck by the manner in which you directed the conversation and the unmistakably global scale of your thinking. Outside the classroom, your personal approach to mentorship, the ease of communication that you maintain, and your dedication to the South Asia Institute were some of the things that really stood out for us.”