History Department
History Department

Kirtan Patel


MA in History, Utah State University

Kirtan Patel

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Interests


Colonial India, Hindu Sectarianism and Devotional Traditions, Religion and Law, Reform, and Nationalism

Biography


Kirtan Patel is a PhD Student in the History Department. He holds an MA in History from Utah State University and a BA in History from The University of Oxford. 

His research interests include the cultural, legal and religious history of colonial India. Specifically, his research examines devotional movements, gurus, reformers and nationalists in late-colonial Gujarat and the development of religious networks and competing ideologies in a complex religious marketplace that have shaped religion in Gujarat and its diaspora in the twentieth century. 

Kirtan was the recipient of the Charles Redd Fellowship for Religious Studies and a member of the Lloyds Scholars Program. His research has been supported by the History Departments at Utah State University and the University of Texas at Austin. He has presented his research on caste, religion, migration and literature in American and European Conferences and has published book reviews with the online journal, Reading Religion.