Brian Hatcher, Ph. D., is professor and chair of the department of religion in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. He is a scholar of the Hindu tradition in colonial and contemporary India. In his work he explores the complexities of cultural convergence through which idioms and practices converge to yield new patterns of thought and behavior. He is particularly interested in recovering the agency of Indian intellectuals in shaping such processes, either in conformity with or resistance to the normative ideologies and institutions of British colonialism. In his earlier published work he has explored such topics as moral pedagogy in early Bengali schoolbooks, the dynamics of modern Hindu eclecticism, reformist religious associations in colonial Calcutta, and the fate of Sanskrit learning in colonial India.
Dr. Hatcher can speak about:
- Hinduism and religion in modern South Asia