I am Oxford’s first University Lecturer in the Study of Religion. An anthropologist by training, I teach social and cultural theories of religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion. My ethnographic work centres on Himalayan and South Asian religions; I won the Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Social Sciences from the American Institute of Indian Studies for my monograph Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas (IUP, 2007).
Other publications include Women's Renunciation in South Asia: Nuns, Yoginis, Saints, and Singers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006); and The Erotic Aesthetics of Ecstatic Ascetics (in Holy Madness, Serindia, 2006). My current research looks at the dynamics of ritual globally, and at the religious practices of immigrant Himalayan communities.
I am a Fellow of St. Peter’s College, a research associate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), an editor of the European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, and an Advisor for the Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies and the Oxford Centre of Buddhist Studies.