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Adam L Newman

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Contact Information

707 S Mathews Ave
2090 FLB
M/C 176
Urbana, IL  61801
Co-Director of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Hinduism, the religious and political history of South Asia, Sanskrit literature, Purāṇas, sacred space and landscape, religious conceptions of the body


Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2019
M.A. University of Virginia, 2009
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006


Fulbright-Nehru Research Grant—India (2015-2016)
University of Virginia Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Grant (2015)
American Institute of Indian Studies Language Fellowship—Hindi (2013-2014)
American Institute of Indian Studies Language Fellowship—Hindi (2011)
American Institute of Indian Studies Language Fellowship—Sanskrit (2009)

Awards and Honors

Fulbright—India (2015-2016)

Courses Taught

REL104 Asian Mythology
REL 495 Hindu Epics

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Religion
Assistant Professor, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Honors & Awards

Fulbright—India (2015-2016)

Recent Publications

Newman, A. (2023). Body, Community, Cosmos: A Śaiva Siddhānta Rite of Initiation. In Y. Kornberg Greenberg, & G. Pati (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Religion and the Body (pp. 291-304). (Routledge Handbooks in Religion). Routledge.

Newman, A. (2022). Lineage in Its Spatial Context: Epigraphy, Geography, and the Formation of Political Unity in Medieval Mewar. Journal of Hindu Studies, 15(2), 148-167.

Newman, A. L. (2020). Rāṣṭrasenā: Hawk Goddess of the Mewar Mountains. In M. Slouber (Ed.), A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses: Tales of the Feminine Divine from India and Beyond (pp. 193-214). (Philip E. Lilienthal Imprint in Asian Studies). University of California Press.

Newman, A. (2019). Dismembering Demons: Spatial and Bodily Representations in the Fifteenth-Century Ekaliṅgamāhātmya. In G. Pati, & K. C. Zubko (Eds.), Transformational Embodiment in Asian Religions: Subtle Bodies, Spatial Bodies (pp. 86-107). Routledge.

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