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Tracy Pintchman PhD

Title/s:  Professor and
Director of Global and International Studies Program

Office #:  Crown Center 327

Phone: 773.508.2372


CV Link: Pintchman CV


Tracy Pintchman holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California in Santa Barbara (1992). She specializes in the study of Hinduism, with a focus on gender issues, Goddess traditions, and Hindu women's rituals. She has held grants from the American Academy of Religion, American Institute of Indian Studies, and the National Endowment of the Humanities. She has also taught at Northwestern University and Harvard University, where she was a visiting scholar in the Women's Studies in religion Program at Harvard Divinity School in 2000–2001.

Research Interests

Religious Studies; Hinduism

Selected Publications

Books in Process

  • Goddess Beyond Boundaries: Worshipping the Eternal Mother at a North American Hindu Temple. Monograph in process.


  • Guests at God's Wedding: Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares. State University of New York Press: 2005.
  • The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition. Albany: SUNY Press, 1994.

Edited and Coedited Volumes

  • Seeking Mahādevī: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess. Edited by Tracy Pintchman. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.
  • Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition. Edited by Tracy Pintchman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Contributions include Introduction and one additional chapter.
  • Goddess and Woman in Hinduism: Reinterpretations and Re-envisionings, ed. Tracy Pintchman and Rita D. Sherma (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan 2011).
  • Hindu Ritual at the Margins: Transformations, Innovations, Reconsiderations, ed. Linda Penkower and Tracy Pintchman. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2014.
  • Sacred Matters: Materiality in Indian Religions, ed. Tracy Pintchman and Corinne Dempsey. Edited volume forthcoming with State University of New York Press (in production and anticipated 2015).

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