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Elizabeth Rohlman

  • Associate Professor
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Areas of Research

My research considers the role of narrative literature in articulating and constructing religious identity in pre-modern South Asia. Current research projects address Hindu narrative literature, especially the puranas; regional Sanskrit and regionally produced Sanskrit literature; religious geography; and Saiva and Vaisnava traditions of medieval Gujarat. This work is currently being pursued under the auspices of a four-year SSHCR Insight Grant entitled, "Textual Processes: Narrative Design, Communal Identity, and Authorship in the Inter-textual Dialectics of the Sanskrit Puranas." 

Future research projects include a literary study of the Markandeya Purana and an exporation of the traditions of jati (or “caste”) puranas and kula-devis (family or “clan” goddesses) in pre-modern Gujarat.

Additional areas of interest include literature of South Asia, popular practices of contemporary Hinduism, manuscriptology, and colonial Indology.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - Religious Studies
    University of Virginia, 2007
  • MA - Religious Studies
    University of Virginia, 1999
  • BA - Philosophy
    University of Dayton, 1997
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