History Department
History Department

Kirtan Patel


MA in History, Utah State University

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Interests


British Empire, Colonial India, Hindu Religious History, Monastic Leadership and Culture, Migration History, History of Emotions, Religious Community Formation

Biography


I'm interested in the social, cultural and religious history of Western India and Indian migration to East Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specifically, I intend to study monastic masculinities, culture, and emotions; religious formation; temple construction; the development of Hindu philosophies; and Gujarati migration. I hope to uncover the hidden histories of popular religious expression and colonial/indigenous forces for religious change. 

I completed my BA in History at the University of Oxford (2015), spent 9 months studying Indian languages in India (2016), and graduated with an MA in History from Utah State University (2018), where my MA Thesis focused on low-caste religious leadership and its repercussions on theology and religious authority-structures.

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