I am currently a Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow, conducting research abroad on my second book project under an affiliation with the University of Mysore. Starting in the fall of 2017, I will begin my appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University. I received my PhD from Columbia University in 2013 in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and my MA (2007) from the University of Chicago Divinity School in the History of Religions.
My first book manuscript, Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India, is forthcoming from the University of California Press in March, 2017, to be published in the book series South Asia Across the Disciplines.
Hindu Pluralism complicates the traditional scholarly narrative of the unification of Hinduism. By calling into question the colonial categories implicit in the term “sectarianism,” Fisher’s work excavates the pluralistic textures of pre-colonial Hinduism in the centuries prior to British intervention. Drawing on previously unpublished sources in Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu, Fisher argues that the performance of plural religious identities in public space in Indian early modernity paved the way for the emergence of a distinctively non-Western form of religious pluralism. Hindu Pluralism provides a critical resource for understanding how Hinduism developed in the early modern period, a crucial era that set the tenor for religion's role in public life in India through the present day.