Vasudha Dalmia is Professor Emerita of Hindi and Modern South Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she also held the Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professorship in South and Southeast Asian Studies. She retired in 2014 as Yale University’s first professor in Hindu Studies. Her monograph The Nationalization of Hindu Traditions: Bharatendu Harischandra and Nineteenth Century Benaras (1997) studies the life and writings of the 19th century Hindi writer as the focal point to examine intricate links between politics, language, culture, religion and nationality. Her work on drama Poetics, Plays and Performances: The Politics of Modem Indian Theatre (2006) traces the genealogies of theatre in modern India, particularly the appropriation of ‘folk’ theatre, as it sought to constitute itself anew after independence. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Indian Culture (2012) and Religious Interactions in Mughal India (2014) are her most recent works. A collection of her essays has been published under the title, Hindu Pasts: Women, Religion, Histories.