Assistant Professor, University of Arizona (USA)
Visiting Research Fellow, Ruhr Universität-Bochum (Germany)
Caleb Simmons (Ph.D. in Religion, University of Florida) specializes in religion in South Asia, especially Hinduism. His research specialties span religion and political theology in medieval and early modern India to contemporary transnational aspects of Hinduism. His current book project, The King’s Devotion: Political Theology in Early Modern Mysore, South India, examines how the early modern courts of Mysore articulated sovereignty, territory, and religion, specifically through royal devotion. He also has 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. He teaches courses on Hinduism, Indian religions, and method and theory of Religious Studies.