Jon Keune

Jon Keune

Email: jmkeune@uh.edu
Phone:(713) 743-3987
Office: 233 McElhinney Hall
Current CV 


Jon Keune is the Sushila and Durga Agrawal Postdoctoral Fellow in India Studies. He previously worked at the Centre for Modern India Studies at the University of Goettingen (Germany), having received a PhD in Religion from Columbia University. His research focuses on religion, historiography, and social history, mainly in the western area of India where Marathi is spoken but also with a comparative glance to early modern Europe. Jon is currently working on a book manuscript, The Brahman Who Ate with Untouchables: Historicizing Religion and Caste in Western India, about the complex relationship between caste hierarchy and spiritual equality in a Hindu devotional tradition. Jon is on the steering committee of the Religions in South Asia (RISA) section of the American Academy of Religion.  He also co-founded the Regional Bhakti Scholars Network, which brings together specialists of various regions and languages to explore literary and historical patterns across India that conventionally are grouped under the umbrella of “bhakti.”


  • "Pedagogical Otherness: The Use of Muslims and Untouchables in Some Hindu Devotional Literature." Journal of the American Academy of Religion  (forthcoming).
  • "Eknāth in Context: The Literary, Social, and Political Milieus of an Early Modern Saint-Poet." South Asian History and Culture 6:1 (2015 forthcoming). 
  • "Conditions for Historicizing Marathi Bhakti." In Historiography and Religion, edited by Jörg Rüpke and Susanne Rau. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015 forthcoming.
  • "Matthias Christian Sprengel's Writings on India (1783-1801): a "Disenchanted" and Forgotten Orientalism." in Deploying Orientalism, edited by James Hodkinson. Rochester: Camden House, 2013.
  • "Vārkarīs in Rural Western India." in Contemporary Hinduism, edited by P. Pratap Kumar, 148-161. Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013.
  • "Eknāth." Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol.4, edited by Knut Axel Jacobsen, 218-226. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  • (with Christian Novetzke) "Jñāndev." Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol.4, edited by Knut Axel Jacobsen, 258-264. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  • (with Christian Novetzke) "Vārkarī." Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, vol.3, edited by Knut Axel Jacobsen, 617-626. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
  • “Bhārat āṇi Dharmaviṣayak Abhyās” (“India and the Academic Study of Religion”, in Marathi) Pratiṣṭhān. 58:1 (2010): 32-39.
  • "Gathering the Bhaktas in Marāṭhī." Journal of Vaishnava Studies (2007): 169-187.
  • "The Inter- and Intra-Religious Conversions of Nehemiah Nilakantha Goreh." Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 17:1 (2004): 45-54.