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My book, Religion and Public Memory, was published in 2008 and is a cultural history of the public memory of an Indian "saint" or sant named Namdev, who is remembered to have lived in the 13th century, and who is recalled at various points in time and in various places in India and outside India by people who used him to comment on their various "presents". I trace this memory of Namdev in Indian history from the 13th Century to the present. The book was also published in India in 2009 by Permanent Black with the title, History, Bhakti, and Public Memory. The book won an award from the American Academy of Religion in 2009 called The Best First Book in the History of Religions.

I'm currently working on two book projects.

  • Amar Akbar Anthony: Brotherhood, Bollywood, and the Nation. With co-authors William Elison and Andrew Rotman, to be published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

  • The Quotidian Revolution. To be published by Columbia University Press, 2016.

Here are most of my articles. For a complete list, see my c.v.


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters in Volumes

  • Humanism, Religion, and the Nation: Sant Namdev as a Mānavatāvādin” in Speaking Truth to Power: Religion, Caste, and the Subaltern Question in India, edited by M. Bhagavan and A. Feldhaus. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008, pages 30-46.

  • History, Memory, and Other Matters of Life and Death,” in Shared Idioms, Sacred Symbols, edited by Kelly Pemberton and Michael Nijhawan, 2008, pages 212-232.

  • Memory” for Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods. London and New York: Routledge, 2007: 230-250.

  • Subaltern” for Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods. London and New York: Routledge, 2007. Co-authored with Laurie Patton: 378-390. “

  • A Family Affair,” for Alternative Krishnas, edited by Guy Beck. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2005:113-138.