Gauri Viswanathan is Class of 1933 Professor in the Humanities and Director of the South Asia Institute at Columbia University. She has published widely on education, religion, and culture; nineteenth-century British and colonial cultural studies; and the history of modern disciplines. She is the author of Masks of Conquest: Literary Study and British Rule in India(Columbia, 1989; 25th anniversary edition, with a new preface, 2014) and Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief (Princeton, 1998), which won the Harry Levin Prize awarded by the American Comparative Literature Association, the James Russell Lowell Prize awarded by the Modern Language Association of America, and the Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Prize awarded by the Association for Asian Studies. Prof. Viswanathan is coeditor of the book series South Asia Across the Disciplines, published jointly by the university presses of Columbia, Chicago, and California under a Mellon grant. She has received Guggenheim, NEH, and Mellon fellowships. She was a network partner in the international research project “Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, Modernism, and the Arts” funded by the Leverhulme Trust in the UK. A book catalogue of the project’s art exhibition, Enchanted Modernities: Theosophy, the Arts, and the American West, was published in July 2019. Viswanathan’s current work is on genealogies of secularism and theories of enchantment. Among her recent publications are “In Search of Madame Blavatsky: Reading the Exoteric, Retrieving the Esoteric,” published in Representations, and “Conversion and the Idea of the Secret,” published in Nineteenth-Century Literature. She received the Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching in 2017-2018.