Krishni Metivier is a Ph.D. Candidate in Religion with a concentration in South Asian Religions at Duke University. Her current dissertation research centers on the intersection of Black Americans and Hinduism in U.S., astutely making visible the racial dimensions and limitations of our religious categories.
Prior to starting her Ph.D. program, she completed an ethnography on women's negotiations of gendered identity in two U.S. Hindu temples. The thesis resulted in several conference papers and a forthcoming chapter where in she analyzes the transformations in the lived religious experiences of contemporary Hare Krishna (ISKCON) women over the last 40 years.
Her other fieldwork projects include "Sounding Kirtan" and "Chant 4 Change," two ethnographic-sound projects completed at Duke, that examine the negotiations of belief and identity in and through embodied sound experiences in the U.S. These studies stand at the intersection of ethnomusicology, ritual practice, and aesthetics of religion.
She also teaches courses on religion at Elon University and Duke University.
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