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. His most recently published monograph, written with support from a grant from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture (at the University of Southern California) and the Templeton Foundation, was published by Oxford University Press as Pentecostals, Proselytization, and anti-Christian Violence in Contemporary India. Both this book and a volume he co-edited with Richard Fox Young (Constructing Indian Christianities) were named as prize finalists for the Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (History/Ethnography), 2013-17. He also recently completed a monograph tentatively titled Anti-Christian Violence in India: History, Theory, Interpretation, which is due out in 2020. Finally, he is busy at work editing the Routledge Handbook of Hindu-Christian Relations with Michelle Voss Roberts.
Professor Bauman has worked as a commissioned scholar on projects sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University and the Center for Civic and Human Rights at Notre Dame University. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute.
Butler Teaching Assignment
Professor Bauman teaches introductory surveys of the world’s religions as well as upper-level courses on Hinduism and Buddhism. 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.”