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Patton Burchett

Associate Professor

Email: [[peburchett]]
Interests: Religions of South Asia; Hindu devotion (Bhakti); Yoga; Tantra; Hindu-Muslim relations; Magic, Science, & Religion; Colonialism; "Spirituality"
Office: On leave

Patton Burchett is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies, and a faculty member in the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies Program at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He earned his Ph.D. (2012) in South Asian Religions from Columbia University and then spent three years as an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in Religious Studies at New York University (NYU).

Professor Burchett's research focuses on (a) early modern devotional (bhakti) and tantric/yogic religiosity in north India and (b) the interrelations of magic, science, and religion in the rise of Indian and Western modernities. His first book, released in May 2019, is titled A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India (Columbia University Press). Burchett's current research project explores how 19th and early 20th century discourse on, debates about, and representations of the figure of the Indian yogi-fakir reflected and helped to constitute distinctively 'modern' cognitive modes, ethical sensibilities, and conceptual understandings, particularly in relation to rationality, enchantment, and authenticity.

Courses:
  • RELG 213 Introduction to Hinduism
  • RELG 361 Modern Hinduism
  • RELG 362 Magic, Science, & Religion
  • RELG 339 Spiritual But Not Religious
  • RELG 346 Religion and Politics in the U.S. 
  • RELG 364 Yoga & Tantra