Family engagement with nationalist media in North India
Hindi, Urdu, Qualitative Methods
Rachel Rothenberg’s research interests focus broadly on issues of religious communalism and public religion in South Asia, particularly in the Hindi-speaking regions of North India. Her current research focuses on Hindu nationalist-aligned families in urban Rajasthan, and the ways in which their engagement with contemporary Hindi-language media reflects changing definitions of nationalist personhood in the post-Modi state. Rachel is also interested in contemporary Indian politics on a larger scale, primarily in the rhetorical strategies of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other Hindu nationalist organizations. A native of Pittsburgh, Rachel holds a double BA in history and religion from the College of Wooster (2014) and a Master of Theological Studies in South Asian religion from Harvard Divinity School (2016).
Grants & Fellowships
- UW Top Scholar Award, University of Washington, 2016.
- Dean’s Scholarship, Harvard Divinity School, 2014-2016.
- Summer Language Scholarship, American Institute of Indian Studies, 2015.
- Cummings-Rumbaugh Prize in History, College of Wooster, 2014.