Assistant Professor of the Interdisciplinary Study of Religions
Biography:Nabanjan Maitra’s area of specialization is Hindu studies, with teaching and research interests in religious identity formation, discourses of religious power, reinventions of tradition, and Sanskrit. His book project, The Rebirth of Homo Vedicus, examines the formulation and implementation of a novel form of monastic power in a medieval south India monastery. He has pieces forthcoming in JSTOR Daily and the Journal of South Asian Intellectual History. Professor Maitra comes to Bard from the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught courses on the religions of South Asia and Sanskrit. He also served as lecturer in Sanskrit at Columbia University. Grants and awards received include, among others, a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship at the University of Chicago; Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellowship, Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, India; and Committee on South Asian Studies Fellowship, India.
BA, University of Virginia; MEd, George Washington University; AM, PhD, University of Chicago. At Bard since 2022.