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  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies


  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
  • MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 2008
  • BA, Smith College, 2004


Professor Bachrach’s research considers 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. Her ethnographic fieldwork is based in contemporary western India. She also works with oral and written texts in early modern and modern languages, including Braj Bhasha, Awadhi, Gujarati, and Hindi.

Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Hindu Studies and the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, among others. 

Her forthcoming publications include In the Service of Krishna: Illustrating the Lives of 84 Vaishnavas from a 1702 Manuscript in the Amit Ambalal Collection, which will be published by Mapin Publishing in 2018. She is currently working on a monograph titled Religious Reading and Everyday Lives in Pushtimargi Hinduism.

  • Feminist Research Methodologies (GSFS 305)
  • Introduction to Hindu Traditions (RELG 231)
  • Introduction to Religion: Devotion and Performance in South Asia (RELG 135)
  • Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in India (RELG 330)