My research focuses on “lived” Hinduism, especially contemporary Hindu ritual traditions and women’s religious practices in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where I have been studying and conducting ethnographic fieldwork ~25 years. My work is animated by interests in the forms of religious change inspired by the new social and economic realities that characterize a globalizing South Asia, as well as ritual, narrative, everyday religion, and gender in urban India.
I am an active and committed mentor of Undergraduate Research who in 2019 received Elon University’s Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award. I have experience mentoring students with interdisciplinary projects located in Religious Studies; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Political Science and Policy Studies; International and Global Studies, and Public Health Studies.
Currently looking for a student to apply and work in these programs
- Any program/opportunity
I can mentor a student enrolled in 4998/4999 hours during these semesters
- Any start time
- intellectual curiosity
A Little Bit More Information
As an ethnographer whose research focuses on religion, gender, and identity in South Asia, I am particularly interested in mentoring students employing ethnographic methodologies (e.g., participant-observation and interviewing) and/or developing projects focused on South Asian countries and communities (including in their transnational/diaspora contexts. I am also prepared to mentor students working on topics in gender and sexuality, especially in the areas of identity, LGBTQ issues, and assisted reproductive technologies.
Interested? Please email me to set up a meeting.