- Ph.D., University of Texas
- Religion and visual culture in modern India
- Colonial and post-colonial Hinduism
- Pilgrimage in South Asia
- Hinduism and visual media
- Indian Epics
McLain, Karline. 2016. The Afterlife of Sai Baba: Competing Visions of a Global Saint. University of Washington Press.
McLain, Karline. 2009. India's Immortal Comic Books: Gods, Kings, and Other Heroes (Contemporary Indian Studies). Indiana University Press