Religion and Public Memory Jacket


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: Community, Nation, and Urban Cosmopolitanism in a Landmark Hindi
    Film. With co-authors William Elison and Andrew Rotman, to be published by Harvard University Press in 2014.

  • Cultural Politics in the Pre-Modern Public Sphere in India: Vernacularization, Caste, and Gender in the Thirteenth Century.

In addition to these book projects, I have written several articles. Here are a few, and others can be found on my c.v.