Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Tara Dhaliwal

PhD Candidate in Religious Studies
Summer Fellow 2021
Project Title: Lives on the Periphery: Social Roles of Women in Pre-Colonial Punjab

Tara Dhaliwal is a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Religious Studies, specializing in Islam, Society, and Culture. Her research focuses on the early-modern Persianate world, particularly the Mughal and Safavid Empires. She is currently exploring popular folkloric narratives from within these empires to uncover what these narratives reveal about the social, religious, and cultural commitments of the times. Prior to Brown, she got her B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Politics from New York University, and an A.M. from Harvard University in Middle Eastern Studies.