Professor of Religion, Butler University
Areas of Research: India, Sri Lanka
Chad Bauman is Professor of Religion at Butler University and an expert on religion and society in India. His earliest research focused on the interaction of low-caste Christians and Hindus in colonial Chhattisgarh. His book on the topic, Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947 (2008) won the prize for best book in Hindu-Christian Studies, 2006-2008, from the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. Since then, Bauman has worked on Indian debates about conversion and Hindu-Christian conflict, authoring Pentecostals, Proselytization, and anti-Christian Violence in India (2015) and Anti-Christian Violence in India (2020). Bauman also writes about Hindu critics of Christianity and western secular modernities, as in “Critiques of Christianity from Savarkar to Malhotra,” which will soon appear in The Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations, which Bauman edited with Michelle Voss Roberts. Currently, he is beginning to conduct research on the experiences and treatment of Hindu minorities in predominantly Christian countries.