Education: BA, McMaster University; 2005 M.A., Yale University, 2009
Prof. Geslani teaches introductory courses on the religious traditions of south Asia, especially Hinduism and Buddhism. He also teaches thematic courses dealing with topics in Asian Religions more broadly, including myth, pilgrimage, ritual theory, and the reception of “Eastern religion” in the “modern West.” His courses emphasize the pivotal role of ritual practices in the shaping of religious thought and history. His research interests fall within the scope of the early history of Hindu ritual. Current projects examine the interface between fire sacrifice and image worship; the transformation of Brahmanical orthodoxy; and the ritualization of astronomy/astrology in early India.