Bachrach’s ethnographic research focuses on how people’s interpretations of religious texts inform and are informed by intimate negotiations of the family and the self, and by changing class, regional, and gender identities in contemporary western India. Her monograph on this subject, Religious Reading and Everyday Lives in Devotional Hinduism, is forthcoming as part of the Religion in Translation Series with Oxford University Press.
Bachrach’s developing projects include a study of how Hindu masculinities are negotiated through social media, and an examination of Hindu women’s cultivation of piety through ascetic practices in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. She also works with oral and written texts in early modern and modern languages, including Braj Bhasha, Awadhi, Gujarati, and Hindi.
Professor Emilia Bachrach began doing ethnographic work in Western India as an undergraduate student. In 2018, she is authoring multiple publications that continue her research on religious communities.