Dr. Perundevi Srinivasan
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Ph.D., George Washington University
Areas of Expertise:
Religious Texts and Practices in South Asia
Office Hours, Fall 2013:
Mondays 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Meet Dr. Srinivasan:
Perundevi Srinivasan received her Ph.D in interdisciplinary Human Sciences from George Washington University in 2009 and was a postdoctoral associate with the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis in 2009-2010. She was a recipient of a research fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. She was awarded research grants by L & L. Dallapiccola Foundation of Scotland to pursue her research on the performance aspect in goddess worship in South India. She was also awarded research grants from M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai, India for her field research on the sexuality of male actors performing female roles in ritual theater in south India. She has published three poetry collections and several articles and translations in Tamil.
Dr. Srinivasan has taught at the George Washington University, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and Claremont McKenna College in the United States and at University of Manitoba in Canada. Professor Srinivasan’s primary teaching and research interests are in religious traditions of South Asia, especially in popular religious practices engaging with colonial and post-colonial modernity, comparative goddess scholarship, Indian mythologies and epics, epistemologies of body and subjectivity, popular devotional movements in medieval South Asia, Gurus and Healers in South Asia, Theories and Methodologies in the Study of Religion, comparative religious cosmologies, Gender and Performance, and global feminisms.