Kalyani Devaki Menon is an anthropologist of religion whose research focuses on the intersection of political ideology and religious practice in India. Her earlier work examined the religious politics of the Hindu Right in India. This research culminated in her book, Everyday Nationalism: Women of the Hindu Right in India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). More recently, she has been interested in the responses of religious minorities in India to the exclusionary and violent politics of the Hindu Right. She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled, Making Place for Muslims: Religious Practice and Placemaking in Contemporary India. In it she explore how diverse groups of Muslims residing in Old Delhi construct identity and
community through everyday religious practice, and make place for themselves in
modern India. Articles based on this research include, “Communities of Mourning: Negotiating Identity and Difference in Old Delhi” published in Contemporary South Asia(2017), and “‘Security’, Home and Belonging in Contemporary India: Old Delhi as a Muslim Place” published in Etnofoor (2015).
- Religious Politics
- South Asian Cultures and Religions
- Gender and Nationalism
Courses Frequently Taught
- AAS 222 / REL 260 "Religion and Political Conflict: South Asia"
- HON 104 "Religious Worldviews and Ethical Perspectives"
- REL 221 "Religion in Society"
- REL 242 "Hindu Thought and Culture"
- REL 305 "Topics in Religion and Culture: South Asia"