Area of Interest:
Anthropology of religion, politics of religious identity, nationalism and secularism, Islam in South Asia.
Entered the program in 2005
BA Anthropology-Sociology,Knox College, 2004
Research & Activities:
My dissertation research examines how Sufi Muslims in India negotiate their identity within the fold of Islam in the face of opposition from Islamic reformist groups and the multiculturalist agenda of the Indian nation-state.
Forthcoming "Religious syncretism and Communal Harmony: Constructing the
'Good Muslim' in post-independence India." Regional Meeting,
Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion. March 13-15,
2009. Chapel Hill, USA
Forthcoming "Divine Constitutions: The scope of democracy within religious states"
11th International Conference. Dec 18-21, 2008. Varanasi, India.
2007 "Genealogies of Authority: the Tablighi Jamaʻat and its reformist
lineage." 4th Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Conference. April 7,
2007 Chapel Hill, USA.
2006 "Mythical Histories and Visible Realities: Negotiating Ritual Change
in a global economy." 9th International Conference, Forum on
Contemporary Theory. Dec. 17, 2006. Udaipur, India.
2005 "Labels are Limiting." In R. Ochs & S. E. Rowley (Eds.), Getting Bi.
Boston, MA: Bisexual Resource Center.
2004 "Sita's Theme: a modal fugue for flute, clarinet and harp." In Catch.
Galesburg, IL: Knox College.
Affiliated and Emeritus Faculty