Karline McLain

Karline McLain

(2022-2025) Presidential Professor of Religious Studies
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About Karline McLain

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Texas

Research Interests

  • Religion and visual culture in modern India
  • Colonial and post-colonial Hinduism

Teaching Interests

  • Hinduism
  • Pilgrimage in South Asia
  • Hinduism and visual media
  • Indian Epics

Selected Publications


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

Further Information

Contact Details


12 Coleman Hall