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 published by the 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
- HON 104
"Religious Worldviews and Ethical Perspectives"
- REL 305
"Topics in Religion and Culture: South Asia"