MemberJuli Gittinger

…tion of Asian Studies (AAS) National Conference, Toronto March. [Panel organizer and presenter] 2012.
Hindu Radicalism and the ‘Talibanisation’ of Hinduism, American Academy of Religion Eastern International Regional Conference (AAR-EIR), Syracuse NY, May 2011.
Secular Religion? Cultural Nationali…
… Sacred in Fantastic Fandom. Edited by Carole Cusack and John Morehead. McFarland.

“Mediating Hindu Identities: cultural regrouping online,” in Digital Hinduism. Edited by Xenia Zeiler.  Routledge [Forthcoming].



Hinduism and Hindu Nationalism Online. Routledge, 2018 (book)

“Hijabi Co…

Areas: Contemporary Hinduism and Islam Research interests: Nationalism, Religion and Media, Religion in Popular Culture, Secularism, Gender

MemberShreena Niketa Gandhi

Shreena Niketa Gandhi is a multi-faceted cultural historian of religion with expertise in religion, race, the Americas and Hinduism. Trained at Swarthmore, Harvard and the University of Florida, Professor Gandhi currently teaches at Michigan State University, where she starts of the first few weeks of all her classes introducing students to the concept of structural white supremacy and why that is important for a better understanding of religion in the U.S. Her research and public scholarship are on the history of yoga, and she is revising a manuscript on this using the framework of white supremacy and cultural appropriation. Through her scholarship, she hopes to make all Americans from all backgrounds better understand how we have all benefited and suffered because of systematic white supremacy and racism, and her scholarship on yoga is one illustration of this system. Professor Gandhi is also a part of a multi-year collaborative project on intersectional Hinduism, which is supported through the American Academy of Religion and partially funded through the Wabash Center.

MemberPankaj Jain

Dr. Pankaj Jain is an internationally recognized academic leader in the fields of Sustainability, Indology, Jain Studies, Film Studies, and Diaspora Studies. Dr. Jain’s publications include three monographs, especially the award-winning Dharma and Ecology of Hindu Communities: Sustenance and Sustainability (2011) and Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (2019). He is also the editor of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism and a recipient of Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship for Environmental Leadership and Wenner-Gren Grant, among many other grants.   His articles have appeared in several academic journals and on the Huffington Post, Washington Post’s On Faith, and Times of India’s Speaking Tree. Dr. Jain is widely quoted in various American and Indian media outlets. In 2019, Morgan Freeman interviewed him for the TV series “The Story of God” for the National Geographic Channel/Netflix). In July 2020, The New York Times interviewed him as well. He tweets at @ProfPankajJain. His podcast #IndicStudies is on Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Amazon, etc. #IndicStudies #EcoDharma #ReligionAndEcology #EnvironmentalEthics

MemberSteven Vose

Dr. Vose’s main areas for research and teaching are the religious traditions of South Asia, primarily in Jainism and secondarily in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam. He examines the history of interactions within and between these traditions to understand the meaning and contexts of community identity formation, religious authority, and the relationships between religious communities and the state in the medieval and early modern periods. Dr. Vose is interested in devotional practices as public religious expressions, especially pilgrimage and temple ritual; and the place of “tantra” and alchemy in medieval Indian society. Dr. Vose also works on the development of vernacular literary traditions, especially in Old Gujarati, and the interaction of Sanskrit, Prakrit and vernacular languages and literatures. Finally, his work examines architecture, sculpture and manuscript painting practices, especially in western India. More broadly, he is interested in historiography in the study of religion, literary theory and religious reading practices, modern and premodern religious identity politics, religious and ethno-nationalism, conflict and non-violence in South Asia. His early training was primarily anthropological, and he brings a focus on the lived reality of religious life to his study of the medieval and early modern Indian past.

MemberPaolo Aranha

…tarted and I am about to complete four projects

– the history of the Malabar Rites controversy

– the early modern Catholic representations of Hinduism

– the impact of the Inquisition on the Goan native population

– the conflicts triggered by the presence of Carlo Tomaso Maillard de T…
… the Warburg Institute, where I came again in January 2011 for a two-year Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship on the early modern Catholic representations of Hinduism.
In 2013-2015 I have been a Marie Curie Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, attached to the Chair of Church History of the Faculty of Protestant Theo…

I am an Italian of Indian origin, born in Rome in 1978. My field of research is the history of early modern Christianity in Asia, and in particularly in South India.

MemberChandrima Chakraborty

…Chandrima Chakraborty, Masculinity, Asceticism, Hinduism: Past and Present Imaginings of India (Permanent Black, 2011).

Chandrima Chakraborty, ed, Mapping South Asian Masculinities: Men and Political Crises (Routledge, 2015).

Chandrima Chakraborty, Amber Dean and Angela Failler, eds. Remembering Air India: The A…

South Asia; South Asian diaspora; History and Public Memory; Nationalism and  Masculinity; 1985 Air India bombings; Bollywood

MemberAnandi Silva Knuppel

…American Academy of Religion
North American Hinduism Steering Committee – American Academy of Religion
Transnational Religious Expression: Between Asia and North America Seminar Steering Committee – American Academy of Religion
American Anthropological Association
Society for Visual Anthropology

I am current a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, an Editorial Assistant for the Visual Anthropology Review, and a full-time Training Specialist and Special Projects Liaison at the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

MemberJoel Bordeaux

…ted by Daniela Bevilacqua and Eloisa Stuparich. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. (Forthcoming)

“Kṣatriyas.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online, in Hinduism. (Forthcoming)

“রাজা কৃষ্ণচন্দ্র ও ১৮ শতকে বাঙালি বুদ্ধিজীবিদের …

I am a specialist in Bengali Shakta traditions, and particularly intrigued by how political authority, canonical works of literature, and esotericism mediate differences between or within religions. My current book project, Raja Krishnacandra: Hindu Kingship and Myth-Making in Early Modern Bengal, explores how an eighteenth century Bengali raja named Krishnacandra Ray — famed throughout the region as a patron of Sanskrit scholarship, a champion of tantric goddess worship, and the alleged architect of British colonialism in India — passed into myth, and what that process suggests about the formation of regional and sectarian identities. Other interests at the moment include sacrifice, ritual magic, literary exegesis, and Hindu-Buddhist interactions.

MemberTeruyuki (Terry) Tsuji

…n what implications tangible religious objects have had for the realignment of “orthodoxy” and development of social capital from distinctly-contextualized Hinduisms of the Indo-Caribbean and Asian Indian immigrants. Also, while in Trinidad as a research fellow at the University of the West Indies, I am conducting …

I completed my PhD at Florida International University in 2006 and a two-year postdoctoral training at Saint Louis University’s Center for Intercultural Studies in 2014. My research topics include, but are not limited to immigrant faiths, material religion, Marian devotion and pilgrimage, and gender and spirituality.