Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, the South Asian Studies Program, and the Religious Studies Program


Ph.D., University of Oregon

Field of Specialty

Migration; Diaspora; Ethnicity & Race; Anthropology of Religion; Women's and Gender Studies; Asian American Studies; Transnational South Asia; United States; Caribbean

Contact Information

Brown Social Science Center 219

Rupa Pillai

Dr. Pillai teaches courses in Anthropology, South Asian Studies, and Religious Studies. She interested in the intersection of religion, ethnicity, and migration. Her dissertation, Caribbean Hinduism on the Move, is the culmination of 15 months of ethnographic fieldwork with the growing Indo-Caribbean Hindu community in New York City. Through this research, she explores how this community adapts and mobilizes Hinduism in this second migration, first from the Indian subcontinent and second from the Caribbean, to carve a space for themselves within the social landscape of New York City. 

Courses Taught

ANTH 80a Anthropology of Religion
REL/SAS 152a Introduction to Hinduism
SAS 100a India and Pakistan: Understanding South Asia