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Shrinidhi Narasimhan

PhD Student


BA, University of Delhi

MPhil, University of Oxford


I'm a first-year PhD student and I work on modern south India. I am interested in the relationship between literary production, devotional practices, and the construction of religious communities in Tamil-speaking south India between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

I graduated with a BA in History from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, and read for an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Oxford, where my dissertation traced the influence of religious genealogies of meaning-making within modern Tamil social movements. Prior to Penn, I worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of History at Ashoka University, India.

Research Interests

Islam in south India; devotional literature; print and oral circulation; shrine culture; Indian Ocean networks

Selected Publications

Narasimhan, Shrinidhi. “Beyond the Global and Regional: Asia in the Tamil Buddhist Imagination,” CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2022): pp. 33-48.