Nick Tackes
PhD Candidate, Columbia University

About


I am an ethnographer of healing and religion in South Asia. My dissertation project is an investigation of care products, a term I use to describe a subset of goods, services, and service projects offered by three Hindu institutions in Mathura, India. My research will determine for which reasons, by which means, and in which ways Indians incorporate these care products into their lives. To this end, I work between Religion and Medical Anthropology.

Research


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C.V.


Education

  • Columbia University
    • PhD, 2021 (anticipated), Department of Religion
    • MA, 2016, Department of Religion
  • Carthage College
    • BA, 2013, Religion and Great Ideas
  • Other
    • Fall 2017 – American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS): Advanced Hindi – Jaipur, India
    • Summer 2017 – AIIS: Advanced Hindi – Jaipur, India
    • Summer 2016 – AIIS: Advanced Hindi – Jaipur, India
    • Summer 2015 – South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI): Intermediate Sanskrit – Madison, WI
    • Fall 2013 – Zabaan Language Institute: Intermediate Hindi – New Delhi, India

Languages

  • Native fluency: English
  • High Proficiency: Hindi
  • Reading: Sanskrit, French

Competitive Scholarships and Honors

  • 2018
    • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award
    • AIIS Junior Research Fellowship (declined)
  • 2017
    • AIIS Language Fellowship: Hindi
    • Summer FLAS Fellowship: Hindi
  • 2016
    • Summer FLAS Fellowship: Hindi
  • 2015
    • Academic Year FLAS Fellowship: Hindi
  • 2014
    • Academic Year FLAS Fellowship: Hindi
  • 2013
    • Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship – English Teaching Assistantship – New Delhi, India

Conferences

  • “Zooming in on Mozoomdar: A Microhistory of Brahmo Belief,” Religion in South Asia Section, American Academy of Religion, Denver, November 18, 2018.
  • Chair/Discussant, “Yoga and Politics: South Asia and Beyond,” Madison South Asia Conference, October 12, 2018.
  • “The Creation of a Mahatma: Creative License in Ratnadeep Pictures’ Tulsidas (1954),” Madison South Asia Conference, October 23, 2015.

Publications

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion (AAR)
  • International Exchange Alumni

Academic Positions

  • Spring 2019
    • Teaching Assistant – “Millenium: Apocalypse and Utopia” (Elizabeth Castelli, Religion)
  • Fall 2018
    • Teaching Assistant – “East Asian Buddhism” (Michael Como, Religion)
  • Summer 2018
    • Graduate Mentor – Laidlaw Scholarship Program
    • Research Assistant – Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (History and Public Health)
  • Spring 2018
    • Teaching Assistant – “Hinduism” (Jack Hawley, Religion)
  • Spring 2017
    • Research Assistant – Kavita Sivaramakrishnan (History and Public Health)
  • Summer 2014
    • Creative Writing Teacher – The Center for Gifted: Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Summer 2013-2014
    • English Teaching Assistant – Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship – New Delhi, India
  • Fall 2011-Spring 2013
    • CRLA Level 3 Certified Writing Tutor – Carthage College Writing Center

Contact



or, email me at jnt2127@columbia.edu