Principal Investigators

Matthew Engelke
Professor of Religion
Director, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life

Katherine Pratt Ewing
Professor of Religion

Senior Project Advisors

Brian Larkin
Professor of Anthropology

Gauri Viswanathan
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Director, South Asia Institute

Project Director

Walid Hammam
Associate Director, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life

Faculty Working Group

Manan Ahmed, Associate Professor, Department of History

Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Professor, Departments of French and Philosophy

Allison Busch, Associate Professor of Hindi Literature, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Maria Jose de Abreu, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology

Vishakha Desai, Senior Research Scholar in Global Studies, School of International and Public Affairs

Madeleine Dobie, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Department of French and Romance Philology

Matthew Engelke, Professor, Department of Religion

Katherine Ewing, Professor, Department of Religion

Abosede George, Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Barnard College

Jack Hawley, Claire Tow Professor of Religion, Department of Religion

Rajbir Judge, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life

Brian Larkin Professor, Department of Anthropology

Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Departments of MESAAS, International Affairs, and Anthropology

Rachel McDermott, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College

Mohamed Amer Meziane, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life

Debashree Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Anupama Rao, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College and Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Gauri Viswanathan, Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature

Akbar Zaidi, Professor, Departments of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies and International and Public Affairs

Elleni Zeleke, Assistant Professor of African Studies, Departments of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Mohamed Amer Meziane
Mohamed is a philosopher whose current research projects and teaching activities involve IRCPL, the Department of Religion, and the Institute of African Studies. He is also a research associate at the Sorbonne Institute for Law and Philosophy (ISJPS) and a member of the governing board of the CNRS based Research Network ICC (Islam et chercheurs dans la Cité) in which he holds a seminar series on secularism and public religion. His new research project analyzes the ways in which these imperial transformations are challenged within African spaces. The project questions the boundaries of Africa and the Middle East through the religious, racializing and ecological effects of political geographies. The aim of this project is to try and unfold the contemporary stakes of a systematic critique of these geographies for African theory, from Fanon until today.

Rajbir S. Judge
Rajbir is a historian with affiliations in the Department of Religion and Institute of South Asia. His current project examines the ways in which Sikhism at the end of the 19th Century remained a generative site through which Sikhs and their diverse milieu in the Punjab contested not only British rule, but the very nature of sovereignty, refusing closures enacted by the colonial state. More broadly, he specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of South Asia, with a particular emphasis on the Punjab. His most recent publications can be found in the Journal of the History of Sexuality and History & Theory.

Summer Research Fellows

As part of the Rethinking Public Religion in Africa and South Asia Project, IRCPL is funding some Summer Research Fellowships related to themes pertinent to the project. The goal of “Rethinking Public Religion” is to shift public and academic discourse away from a tendency to foreground discrete religious traditions, sectarian boundaries, and identity politics, which all too often reduces the variety of ways in which religion’s place can be seen within social, political, and cultural life and reinforces the boundaries between communities.

IRCPL Summer Research Fellowships are available to Columbia University students for research related to the completion of their dissertation or other research projects depending on the level of study. Summer Research Fellowships are open to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. The fellowship provides each student a maximum of $4,000 to cover expenses directly related to their research, including travel, lodging, and materials during the Summer of 2019 (and in some cases during the 2019-2020 academic year). Previous fellows can be found here.

Applications are welcome from students at Columbia University, Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Teachers College.

Applications for the 2019 IRCPL Research Fellowships are due on Monday, February 4th, 2019, at 12pm.
Read the call for applications here.