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Philosophy and Religious Studies
North Quad 204
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
How would you describe those rituals without using the word “religion”? My friend’s question continues to inform my research and teaching. These interests in the ordinary, yet complex, nature of religious activities began during my fieldwork, when I lived in India for three years. My observations then (and now) of “Hindu religious life” make me suspicious of exotic notions of Hindu—or any other—religious traditions. I focused on the popular Hindu deity, Hanumān, in the state of Maharashtra for my earlier research. Now I am examining the continued legacy of a 17th century Hindu “saint” through literature (the Marathi novel Ānanda Owarī [D. B. Mokashi]), drama, and film. Some of my recent publications include “Rāmdās” [(1608-1681) Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. IV)], “Hanumān Jayantī in Maharashtra” (in Studying Hinduism in Practice, Routledge), and “Sending Students into the Field” (in Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies, Oxford). I have participated in numerous pedagogy workshops and now am a 2012-2013 pedagogy workshop leader for the Wabash Center, the premier center for teaching and learning in theology and religion. I regularly teach Introduction to Religion in Culture; Religion and Popular Culture; Introducing Hinduism; Religions of South Asia; and Ethnography of Religion.
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