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Ramya Sreenivasan

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Associate Professor
Contact Information
Office Address: 
815 Williams Hall
Email Address: 
rsreenivasan@sas.upenn.edu
Summary of Interests: 
South Asia
colonialism & modernity
gender history
Selected Publications: 

The Many Lives of a Rajput Queen: Heroic Pasts in Indian History c. 1500-1900. Permanent Black (New Delhi) and University of Washington Press, 2007.

Daud Ali

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Associate Professor
Chair of South Asia Studies Department
Contact Information
Office Address: 
820 Williams Hall
Phone: 
215 -573-2138
Email Address: 
daudali@sas.upenn.edu

Dr Daud Ali is an historian of pre-Mughal South Asia. He taught history for many years at SOAS, University of London, before relocating to Penn in 2009. His area of training and expertise is early medieval South Asia, but his research interests have expanded over the years.

Summary of Interests: 
South Asia
Selected Publications: 

2011. (ed., with Emma Flatt) Garden and Landscape Practices in Precolonial India: Histories from the Deccan (Delhi: Routledge, 2011).

2011. (ed., with Indra Sengupta). Knowledge Production, Pedagogy and Institutions in Colonial India. (New York: Palgrave, 2011).

2010. (ed., with Anand Pandian) Ethical Life in South Asia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

2004. Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

2000. Querying the Medieval: The History of Practice in South Asia (with Ronald Inden and Jonathan Walters). Oxford University Press, New York, 2000.

1999. (ed.) Invoking the Past: the Uses of History in South Asia. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Renata Holod

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Renata Holod is Professor of the History of Art, and Curator, Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She received her BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto, MA in the History of Art from University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. Professor Holod has served as Convenor, Steering Committee Member, and Master Jury Chair of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She also served as consultant to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Arthur Ericson Architects, and Venturi Scott-Brown Architects.

Summary of Interests: 
Art
Archaeology
Visual Culture

Sarah Lenzi

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History of Christianity
Contact Information
Office Address: 
201 Cohen Hall
Email Address: 
slenzi@sas.upenn.edu
Summary of Interests: 
History of Christianity
Brief Biography: 

Sarah received her B.A. from Williams College in Art History and Religion, her M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School and her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working on her dissertation: “Which way to the Via Crucis? A New Approach to the Stations of the Cross”. While her doctoral work focuses on the connections between public worship, private devotion, and medieval pilgrimage to Jerusalem, her broader interests include the relationship of art and architecture to lived religion in the Middle Ages.

Nicholas Harris

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Contact Information
Email Address: 
nharris@sas.upenn.edu

Nick holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and is hard at work on his dissertation, tentatively titled: "Better Religion through Chemistry: The World and Thought of 'Izz al-Din Aydemir al-Jildaki, a 14th-century Alchemist." His research interests encompass a range of topics: medieval Islamic history, medieval philosophy & theology, Sufism, magic & the occult, Islamic Law, and Judaeo-Arabic.

Summary of Interests: 
Medieval Islam

Natalie B. Dohrmann

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Coeditor, the Jewish Quarterly Review
Associate Director, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 420 Walnut St
Phone: 
(215) 238-1290, x 303
Email Address: 
dohrmann@sas.upenn.edu

Natalie Dohrmann’s specialization is rabbinic Judaism, with a special interest in ancient Jewish law and its Greco-Roman context. She joined the adjunct faculty at Penn as a member of the Department of Religious Studies. Dohrmann had been an Assistant Professor of Judaism at North Carolina State University, and is currently the Associate Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and a Coeditor of the Jewish Quarterly Review.

Education: 

Ph.D. University of Chicago, History of Judaism, 1999

M.A. St. John's College, Liberal Arts, 1990

B.A. Princeton University, Religious Studies, 1987

Summary of Interests: 
Rabbinic Judaism
Jewish and Roman Law
Jews and Judaism in Late Antiq
Selected Publications: 

Jews, Christians, and the Roman Empire: The Poetics of Power in Late Antiquity. Natalie B Dohrmann and Annette Yoshiko Reed, editors. Jewish Culture and Contexts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.

Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange: Comparative Exegesis in Context. Natalie B. Dohrmann and David Stern, editors. Jewish Culture and Contexts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

 

Recent Courses: 

RELS 120: Jewish Civilization I: Jews and Judaism in Antiquity
RELS 129: Re-Writing the Bible: Notions of Canon, Interpretation, and the Bible in Early Judaism
RELS 123: Introduction to Judaism

Projit Mukharji

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Assistant Professor in History & Sociology of Science
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen Hall
Phone: 
215-898-8400
Email Address: 
mukharji@sas.upenn.edu
Education: 
PhD, University of London
MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
BA, Presidency College, Calcutta
Summary of Interests: 
Subaltern sciences
South Asia sciences
Globalization
Selected Publications: 

Nationalizing the Body: The Market, Print and Healing in Colonial Bengal, 1860-1930. Anthem Press: London, 2009.

Co-editor with Waltraud Ernst and Anne Digby, Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010.

Recent Courses: 

Science, Technology & Medicine in Modern South Asia
Medicine and Globalization in South Asia
Gandhian Modernity
Nationalism & Science

Barbara D. Savage

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Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought
Chair, Department of Africana Studies
Interim Director, Center for Africana Studies

Barbara D. Savage is a Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1995.

Education: 

Ph.D. in history, Yale, 1995
Law degree, Georgetown University
undergraduate degree, University of Virginia

Summary of Interests: 
African American history
American religious movements
media & politics
Selected Publications: 

Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press, 2008)

Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

co-editor, Women and Religion in the African Diaspora (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)

Recent Courses: 

Eve M. Troutt Powell

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Associate Professor of History
Contact Information
Office Address: 
208C College Hall
Phone: 
215 898.3518
Email Address: 
troutt@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
Tues, Thurs. 10:30-noon; Thurs. 1:30-4:30 PM

Eve M. Troutt Powell teaches the history of the modern Middle East. As a cultural historian, she emphasizes the exploration of literature and film in her courses. 

Education: 

B.A, M.A., and Ph.D., Harvard University

Summary of Interests: 
Africa & the Middle East
History
Selected Publications: 

A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California, 2003).

The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam, co-editor with John Hunwick (Princeton Series on the Middle East, Markus Wiener Press, 2002).

She has also written a number of articles on the history of African slavery in the Nile valley, and on Saint Josephine Bakhita, a former Sudanese slave canonized in 2000.

Work in Progress: 

Prof. Troutt Powell is now working on a book about the memory of slavery in the Nile valley, which examines how slaves and slaveholders wrote, sang or talked about the experience of servitude and its meaning in their societies.

Recent Courses: 
  • HIST 081 History of the Middle East since 1800
  • HIST 106 Religion, Revolution and Nationalism in the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 189 Modern Egypt
  • HIST 216 Filming the Middle East
  • HIST 371 Africa and the Mid-East
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