Christine Marrewa-Karwoski is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin College and a Lecturer in Hindi at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (2020) and holds two Masters degrees in Religious Studies (Columbia University) and Asian Languages and Literatures (University of Washington). At Columbia University, where she completed her dissertation on the Nath yogi the community, entitled Imprinted Identity: A History of Literature and Communal Selfhood in the Nath Sampraday, she critically examines how twentieth-century Hindi scholarship, Hindu nationalism, and democracy helped to shape a novel vision of an exclusively Hindu Nath identity; an identity which, at times, runs counter to the inclusive way the community envisioned itself during its formation in the early-modern period. Her specialties include early modern and modern South Asian religious, literary, and cultural history, religious exchange and interaction in early modern India, asceticism, manuscript circulation, Hindi print culture, nationalism, and theopolitics.
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