Mary Hancock





Anthropology and History


University of California, Santa Barbara


Mary Hancock (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and History at University of California, Santa Barbara and currently Dean of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at UCSB. She is an anthropologist of South Asia, with particular interests in urban south India. She has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C., an NEH fellow at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM, a fellow of the American Institute for Indian Studies, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Her research and teaching specialties include spatial studies, cultural memory, gender, statecraft, and religion. She is the author of Womanhood in the Making: Domestic Ritual and Public Culture in Urban South India (1999) and The Politics of Heritage from Madras to Chennai (2008), as well as numerous chapters and articles. Her current research concerns the history of transcultural religious networks between India and the U.S. and she is at work on a new book, tentatively titled India in the American Evangelical Imaginary.