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The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195-3650 USA
fax: 206 685-0668

Phone: 206 543-6142

Office: 303C Thomson Hall 


I am an associate professor in the South Asia Program, the Comparative Religion Program, and the International Studies Program at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. I teach and write about religion, history, and culture in South Asia, as well as theoretical issues in the study of religion in general and its intersection with historiography. I work with Marathi and Hindi materials, including textual, ethnographic, and visual/filmic sources. I specialize in the study of Maharashtra from the second millennium CE to the present, ranging from the medieval period, through the colonial and modern periods, to the postcolonial era. My first book, Religion and Public Memory (Columbia University Press 2008) won the American Academy of Religion's award "The Best First Book in the History of Religions" in 2009. The book has been published in India under the title History, Bhakti, and Public Memory by Permanent Black.

My second book, co-authored with Andrew Rotman and William Elison, is on the Bollywood classic Amar Akbar Anthony and will be published by Harvard University Press in 2015 .

My third book is called The Quotidian Revolution and examines the politics of vernacularization in 13th Century Maharashtra and the creation of the public sphere in India. This will be published by Columbia University Press in 2016.











In the Fall 2014 I am teaching a seminar on yoga called Yoga: History and Politics. The syllabus is here.


My course for Winter 2015 is a graduate seminar on "Religions, Cultures, and Civilizations" and a draft of the syllabus is here.

For my two Spring courses:

Theories of Religion (JSISC/CHID 380)


Political Theories of Religion

(JSISC 502)

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