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Steven Ramey

Religions of Asia, Diaspora Indian Religions and Global Identities, Indian Identities in the US South

Office: 315B Manly
Office Phone: 348-4218

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Religion in the Contemporary South: Changes, Continuities, and Contexts (2005)


Encyclopedia of Religion in the South, 2d ed. (2005)


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Steven Ramey, who joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Fall 2006, completed his Ph.D. in the religions of South Asia, especially focusing on Hinduism and Islam, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a M.Div. from Emory University in Atlanta and a B.A. in History from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He has taught previously at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Furman University.

As of the Fall of 2011, Dr. Ramey was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

Dr. Ramey's primary research focuses on the contemporary formation of religious practices in contexts of migration, particularly analyzing the contestations surrounding subgroups within a religion. He is continuing extensive research with people from the region of Sindh who assert a clear Hindu identification but whose practices, which incorporate Hindu deities and texts, the Guru Granth Sahib of Sikhism, and Sufi Muslim saints, lead others to question the Hindu identification of the Sindhis. He is also researching South Asian religions in the southeastern United States, especially focusing on Indo-Caribbean Hindus and Sindhi Hindus in this context. He uses the case of the Sindhi Hindus, Indo-Caribbean Hindus, and other subgroups to analyze the ways religious boundaries are constructed and contested in both academic studies and contemporary societies and the impact of those processes on minority groups.

Using his ethnographic work in India and the Southeastern United States, he has published and presented on the ways Sindhi Hindus construct their community and practices in various contexts, represent themselves to non-Sindhis, and negotiate the challenges that their minority position creates. His book, Hindu Sufi or Sikh: Contested Practices and Identifications of Sindhi Hindus in India and Beyond, was published in 2008 with Palgrave Macmillan press. He is also editor of Writing Religion: The Case for the Critical Study of Religion, which honors the first decade of the department's Aronov lecturers. The volume will be available in summer 2015 from University of Alabama Press.

Dr. Ramey also participates in the Culture on the Edge Research Collaborative, regularly contributing to its blog and editing the Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation book series published by Equinox Publishers. He has also written for the Bulletin for the Study of Religion and the Huffington Post.

Courses Taught

REL 100 Introduction to the Religious Studies
REL 102 Religions of the World
REL 208 Hinduism
REL 220 Survey of Asian Religions
REL 236 Islam

REL 321 Religion and Identity in South Asia

REL 322 Tales from Asia

REL 370 Survey of Islamic Traditions
REL 373 Advanced Studies in Asian Religions
REL 483 Seminar in Asian Religions