Areas of Expertise
Professor Bauman grew up in eastern Pennsylvania before going to Goshen College, in Northern Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree. After college Professor Bauman went to Princeton Theological Seminary and earned both an M.Div. and Ph.D. degree.
Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Professor Bauman’s earliest research focused on the interaction of low-caste Christians and Hindus in colonial Chhattisgarh, a state in India where he lived for several months in 2004. He has published articles on the topic in the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies and elsewhere. His book, Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947, was released by Eerdmans Publishers in 2008, and won the prize for Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies, 2006-2008, from the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.
Professor Bauman has also conducted research on Sathya Sai Baba, a popular, miracle-working Indian guru with an international following that extends even to the city of Indianapolis. Since 2008, Professor Bauman has been conducting research on Hindu-Christian conflict, about which he has published a number of book chapters and journal articles, the most recent of which ("Hindu-Christian Conflict in India: Globalization, Conversion, and the Coterminal Castes and Tribes") just appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies. He is currently at work on two books on the topic. The first, written with support from a grant from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (at the University of Southern California) and the Templeton Foundation, is under contract with Oxford University Press (New York) and will focus on Pentecostalism in India and its relationship to violence against Christians there. The second will be a more general and theoretical volume on conversion and Hindu-Christian conflict in contemporary India. In addition to teaching and chairing his department at Butler University, Professor Bauman is currently working as a commissioned scholar of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs at Georgetown University.
Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Professor Bauman teaches introductory surveys of the world’s religions as well as upper-level courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. He has recently taught topical courses such as “Religion, Politics and Conflict in South Asia,” “Religion, Gender, and the Goddess in Asia,” and “Theory and Method in the Study of Religion.” Students in his “Religions of the World” course have developed a website on religion in Indianapolis (www.butler.edu/cfv/religions).