John Stratton Hawley

Professor of Religion

Jack Hawley joined Barnard's faculty in 1986. His research is focused on the religious life of north India and on the literature that it has spawned in the course of the last 500 years. He is the author or editor of some fifteen books. Most concern Hinduism and the religions of India, but others are broadly comparative. His current major project—A Storm of Songs:  India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Harvard University Press, 2015)is devoted to deconstructing and reconstructing one of the principal ways in which Indians have told their religious history. Its focus is bhakti, the religion of song, of radical engagement, and of the heart.  A second book, co-authored with Kenneth E. Bryant, is also forthcoming from Harvard in the new Murty Classical Library of India:  Sur’s Ocean:  Poems from the Early Tradition.

Jack Hawley has served as director of Columbia University's South Asia Institute and has received multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Recent Book-length Publications

The Memory of Love: Surdas Sings to Krishna (Oxford, 2009)

Editor, Krishna’s Mandala:  Bhagavata Religion and Beyond, a posthumous collection of essays by D. Dennis Hudson (Oxford, 2009).

Co-editor (with Vasudha Narayanan), The Life of Hinduism (California, 2006).

Co-editor (with Kimberley Patton), Holy Tears: Weeping in the Religious Imagination (Princeton, 2005)

Three Bhakti Voices: Mirabai, Surdas, and Kabir in Their Time and Ours (Oxford, 2005)

Songs of the Saints of India (with Mark Juergensmeyer), second revised edition (Oxford, 2004)

Hinduism in north India
Religious literature in Brajbhasa/Hindi
Religion in New York


Religious Worlds of New York (with Courtney Bender)


The Bhakti Movement

Colloquium on Comparative Religion

Bhakti Texts

Religious Formations in Mughal Times

Religion vs. the Academy

Hinduism Here


219A Milbank
T: 212.854.5292


Spring 2014: Thursdays 4-6pm


Ph.D., Harvard University

M.Div., Union Theological Seminary

A.B., Amherst College

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