Department of History & Political Science


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About Dr. Hastings:
Dr. Hastings grew up in the American West and obtained graduate degrees in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His focus has been on India, where he has spent a number of years. His research there deals with the development of Hindu devotional traditions in north India since the sixteenth century and their relationship with the Mughal and Rajput rulers. More recently, he has focused on the history of Jain monastic traditions in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. His teaching interests encompass South, Southeast, and East Asia as well topics such as globalization; the construction of ethnic, religious, and national identities; and violence and religion. In 2011, he received a grant to participate in an intensive seminar on Southeast Asia at the East West Center in Honolulu, and another to participate in the World History Association’s Symposium on Southeast Asia in Siem Reap, Cambodia. He has also led W’International seminars to East and Southeast Asia.



James M. Hastings

Title: Associate Professor of History
University of  Wisconsin-Madison, M.A., Ph.D.
Reed College, B.A.
Office: 016A Burris
Phone: 704-233-8087