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 three book projects.
The Beginning, the Journey, and the Elegy: A Marathi Life Story from Fourteenth-Century India.
This is a translation of Namdev’s biography of Jnandev or Jnaneshwar, attributed to the 13th Century.
Amar Akbar Anthony: Community, Nation, and Urban Cosmopolitanism in a Landmark Hindi
Film. I'm writing this with two friends, Andrew Rotman and William Elison.
- Love at the End of Empire: Erotic Performance and Public Culture at the End of the Maratha
Empire. This is a cultural history of the end of the Maratha period in Pune told through love songs or lavani.
In addition to these book projects, I have written several articles. Here are a few, and others can be found on my c.v.
“The Brahman Double: The Brahminical Constrction of Anti-Brahminism and Anti-Caste Sentiment in the
Religious culture of Pre-Colonial Maharashtra,” South Asia History and Culture, forthcoming.
“The Theographic and the Historiographic in an Indian Sacred Life Story,” Sikh Formations, Vol. 3, No.
2 (December 2007):169-184. Reprinted with Routledge, forthcoming.
“Bhakti and Its Public,” International Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol. 11, No. 3 (December 2007):255-
"The Subaltern Numen: Making History in the Name of God." History of Religions, Vol. 46, No. 2
“The Study of Indian Religions in the US Academy,” India Review, Vol. 5, No. 1 (January
"The Laine Controversy and the Study of Hinduism,” International Journal of Hindu Studies.
Vol. 8, Issues 1-3 (2004):183-201.
“Divining an Author: The Idea of Authorship in an Indian Religious Tradition,” History of Religions,
Vol. 42, No.3 (February 2003):213-242.
“Twice Dalit: The Poetry of Hira Bansode in Translation,” Journal of South Asian Literature. Vol. 28,
Nos. 1 and 2 (Spring 1995):279-96.