- I am an Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian Religions at the University of Arizona. I received my Ph.D. in Religion from the University of Florida) in 2014 in Asian Religions. I specialize in religion in South Asia, especially Hinduism. My research specialties span religion and state-formation in medieval and colonial India to contemporary transnational aspects of Hinduism. I am currently working on a book project, The Goddess and the King: Reimagining Divinity and Polity in Early Modern South India, in which I examine how the early modern court of Mysore reenvisioned notions of kingship, territory, and religion, especially through articulations of devotion to their tutelary deity Cāmuṇḍēśvari within their genealogical material. I also have publications and continuing research interests related to a broad range of contemporary topics, including ecological issues and sacred geography in India; South Asian diaspora communities; and material and popular cultures that arise as a result of globalization—especially South Asian religions as portrayed in comic books and graphic novels. I teach courses on Hinduism, Indian religions, and method and theory of Religious Studies.
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