Eric Steinschneider (Ph.D. Religion, University of Toronto 2016) is a scholar of religion in South Asia. His research examines how religious traditions change in modernity and the manner in which they participate in the production of local conceptions of history, authority, and personhood. Eric’s dissertation examined the colonial-era reception of a body of theological poetry composed in the Tamil language, and its role in the formation of a distinctively vernacular modern Hindu discourse in Southern India. Other interests include religion and the Tamil historical novel, and the relationship between ecology and the politics of religious contestation. Eric has taught courses on Hinduism, world religions, and religious pluralism in modern India.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Hinduism, Religion in South Asia