Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Student Initiatives
A.B. Harvard University; A.M. University of Chicago
Professor Bala completed his B.A. in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard University in 2009 and his M.A. from the University of Chicago in 2013. His research focuses broadly on questions concerning the role of religion in modernity and the role of religion in the formation of minority and group identities. While his earlier work has focused on the religious landscape of the United States, he has continued to pursue my broader line of research in India through an ongoing project studying the idea of space and identity in the Shia community of India. In addition to his research work on religion, he also peruses research in theater and dramatic arts and has in the past worked as a theater director and producer. In JSLH, he serves as the Director of Student Initiatives, the liaison for the Jindal-Rollins degree program, and is part of the Curriculum and Majors Design Committee.