Anna A. Golovkova

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion

Teaching this semester

ASNS 1026/REL 1010. Religion and Identity in Modern India

Examines dynamic interrelationships between religious beliefs, practices, codes of behavior, organizations, and places and identity in India. We survey religious texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Qur’an, which have shaped India’s competing political identities, and study nationalist and revivalist movements leading up to India’s independence. The course culminates in a role-playing game set in 1945 India, which uses innovative methodology called Reacting to the Past. Students argue in character adhering to religious and political views of historical figures to improve their skills in speaking, writing, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.


  • B.A., Moscow State Linguistics University
  • M.A., Columbia
  • M.St., Oxford
  • Ph.D., Cornell