Shruti Patel

  • PhD Candidate

M.A. History, University of Washington, 2010, M.A. Religion, Columbia University, 2007 , B.S. Management & Organizational Behavior, New York University, 2001

Fields: South Asia, Comparative Colonialisms, Historiography, Religion
Curriculum Vitae:

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington currently writing my dissertation, Creating Religion for the Modern World: The Rise of the Swaminarayan Community in Gujarat 1800-1900, exploring the early institutional creation of the Swaminarayan religious community in the princely states of western India.  The research highlights indigenous cultural frameworks that shaped altogether new, modern identities outside the epistemological confines of colonial public and intellectual spaces in South Asia during the 19th century.

Currently I am a Society of Scholars Fellow at the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities.  During doctoral studies I have been the recipient of several FLAS fellowships, an American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship.  Prior to doctoral studies I received a MA in History (Pre-Modern and Modern South Asia) at the University of Washington and an MA in Religion (South Asian Religions) from Columbia University.  Amongst my academic interests are the intellectual and cultural history of pre-modern and modern South Asia, comparative colonialisms, and theoretical issues at the nexus of historiography and religion.