Shruti Patel

  • PhD Candidate

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

Fields: South Asia, Comparative Colonialisms, Historiography, Religion

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Washington currently writing my dissertation, The Play of History: A History of the Swaminarayan Religious Community in Modern India, investigating the early institutional development of the Swaminarayan religious community in the princely states of western India during the nineteenth-century.  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.

Currently I am a Hanauer Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Washington.  During doctoral studies I have been the recipient of the Society of Scholars Fellowship at the University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities, 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 a 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.