Claire Robison

Affiliation: Religion, Asian Studies
Assistant Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, on leave for the 2023–2024 academic year

Claire Robison is a historian and ethnographer of South Asian religions, with specializations in Hindu and Islamic traditions. Her research examines how religious identities are being redefined in urban India in relation to changing understandings of family, gender, class, and regional identity. Her work also traces the influence of transnational religious networks on lived religion, raising questions about how religious authority is constructed and mediated in new urban environments. Her teaching focuses on Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic traditions in Asia and includes courses on religion and gender, religious identity in modern India, and the ethnographic study of religion.   

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  • PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara
  • MPhil, Cambridge University
  • BA, Oxford University